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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow (1959)

Starring Jody Fair, Russ Bender, Henry McCann, Martin Braddock, Elaine DuPont
Directed by William Hole
(actor & director credits courtesy

A hot rod club's teen members explain to a reporter how they're misunderstood, and he tries to help them find a new clubhouse after they're evicted.

A very silly comedy/musical/horror film which includes a small role for creature effects designer Paul Blaisdell as a monster who tries to scare the kids after they move into a haunted house.  Clearly aimed at teenagers with a message that they're responsible enough without adults butting in, the film also tries to reach out to them with hipster lingo and a streetwise character who has to contend with a father who doesn't "get" her, and although this approach seems laughably dated, it's all in good fun.  None of the tunes are all that memorable, and too much attention is paid to a wisecracking parrot, although the bird has a few funny lines.  I still enjoyed it.

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