Hot Rods to Hell

Overview

Hot Rods To Hell (also known as 52 Miles To Midnight) was the final film made by director John Brahm, whose work across most of his career was in black-and-white, and whose best work was in atmospheric thrillers, bookended most notably The Undying Monster (1942) and a brace of Twilight Zone episodes two decades later. Hot Rods To Hell is not The Undying Monster, or his best work -- it's in color, for one thing, and decidedly of its time, as a kind of topical 60's juvenile delinquency thriller -- and watching the ...
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Overview

Hot Rods To Hell (also known as 52 Miles To Midnight) was the final film made by director John Brahm, whose work across most of his career was in black-and-white, and whose best work was in atmospheric thrillers, bookended most notably The Undying Monster (1942) and a brace of Twilight Zone episodes two decades later. Hot Rods To Hell is not The Undying Monster, or his best work -- it's in color, for one thing, and decidedly of its time, as a kind of topical 60's juvenile delinquency thriller -- and watching the DVD, one wonders how much Brahm could possibly have contributed on a creative level to the picture. On a technical level, however, the transfer is stunning -- having seen this movie on television in numerous showings during the late 1960's and early/middle 1970's, this reviewer can say that it never looked this good on the small-screen; and quite possibly, it never received as good a presentation in any of the theaters where it ran (one wonders if it ran anywhere but in drive-ins). The letterboxed non-anamorphic transfer (1.85-to-1) has given it a crisp, bright image and the sound is also set at a good volume, and has a good, healthy presence -- that's especially important in the second half of the movie, when the juvenile delinquency aspect of the plot comes into play, and the rock 'n' roll elements of the score, provided by Miickey Rooney, Jr. and his combo, turn up; and from there on the picture takes off along with the music. The movie has been given an astounding 24 chapters, and the menu opens automatically on start-up. The only bonus is a trailer, but it is difficult to imagine what kind of special features -- other than interviews with surviving cast members (and there are a few) -- there could be in a film such as this.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English & Fran├žais
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • UPC: 012569797284
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,079

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dana Andrews Tom Phillips
Jeanne Crain Peg Phillips
Mimsy Farmer Gloria
Laurie Mock Tina Phillips
Paul Bertoya Duke
Gene Kirkwood Ernie
Tim Stafford Jamie Phillips
George Ives Lank Dailey
Hortense Petra Wife at Picnic
William Mims Man at Picnic
Paul Genge Policeman
Peter Oliphant Little Boy
Harry Hickox Bill Phillips
Charles P. Thompson Charley
Mickey Rooney Jr. Combo Leader
Jim Hennagan Youth
Technical Credits
John Brahm Director
James C. Havens Director
Lloyd Ahern Jr. Cinematographer
Lloyd Ahern Jr. Cinematographer
George W. Davis Art Director
Keogh Gleason Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
J. McMillan Johnson Special Effects
Freddy Karger Score Composer, Songwriter, Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Katzman Producer
Robert Kent Screenwriter
Ben Lewis Editor
Merrill Pye Art Director
Carroll L. Shepphird Special Effects
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Sid Wayne Songwriter
Ben Weisman Songwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hot Rods to Hell
1. Credits [1:18]
2. Tom's Accident [6:22]
3. Motel Proposal [3:26]
4. Unrestful Rest Stop [5:00]
5. Get Lost; Blowout [6:14]
6. What's Left for Kicks [3:49]
7. Making Trouble [2:33]
8. Caught in the Middle [6:48]
9. Picnic Refuge [4:47]
10. Duke's Warning [4:25]
11. Lawman's Warning [5:41]
12. Lots of Red Cars [2:54]
13. Arena Nightlife [5:54]
14. Tina's Night Out [4:26]
15. Dance Partners [5:17]
16. Deal's Off [4:43]
17. Plenty Going - Minus Gloria [2:01]
18. Hasty Exit [3:03]
19. Crash; Each Way Out [4:14]
20. Coming at Them [3:45]
21. Two-Way Threat [6:07]
22. Run Off the Road [3:18]
23. Change of Plan [2:58]
24. Cast List [:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hot Rods to Hell
   Play Movie
   Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selections
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: English (For the Hearing Impaired)
      Subtitles: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: Off
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