The Choppers (1961)

66 mins | Melodrama | 1961

Director:

Leigh Jason

Producer:

Arch Hall Sr.

Cinematographer:

Clark Ramsey

Editor:

Jack Ogilvie

Production Company:

Rushmore Productions
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HISTORY

Principal photography began on 27 Aug 1959, as reported in the following day’s DV. Less than a month later, a 23 Sep 1959 DV news item stated that editing was underway under the supervision of producer Arch Hall, Sr.
       Although an 18 Apr 1960 DV advertisement touting actor Rex Holman’s recent projects indicated that The Choppers was “in release,” the film does not appear to have opened in theaters until 1961. An article in the 12 Apr 1961 Var announced that distribution would be handled by a newly formed production-distribution entity being set up by Fidelity Mining Corp., who had just purchased “the defunct Kenmore Studios, Hollywood Sound Service and Globe Releasing Corp.” The Choppers was set to be one of the company’s first ten releases. ... More Less

Principal photography began on 27 Aug 1959, as reported in the following day’s DV. Less than a month later, a 23 Sep 1959 DV news item stated that editing was underway under the supervision of producer Arch Hall, Sr.
       Although an 18 Apr 1960 DV advertisement touting actor Rex Holman’s recent projects indicated that The Choppers was “in release,” the film does not appear to have opened in theaters until 1961. An article in the 12 Apr 1961 Var announced that distribution would be handled by a newly formed production-distribution entity being set up by Fidelity Mining Corp., who had just purchased “the defunct Kenmore Studios, Hollywood Sound Service and Globe Releasing Corp.” The Choppers was set to be one of the company’s first ten releases. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Aug 1959
p. 9.
Daily Variety
1 Sep 1959
p. 6.
Daily Variety
23 Sep 1959
p. 3.
Daily Variety
18 Apr 1960
p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
31 Mar 1961
Section B, p. 7.
Variety
12 Apr 1961
p. 5.
Variety
21 Mar 1962
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOURCES
SONGS
"Konga Joe" and "Monkey in My Hatband," words and music by Arch Hall.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1961
Premiere Information:
Marchyland license: 30 November 1961
Production Date:
began 27 August 1959
Duration(in mins):
66
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Crusier, a teenager, steals some hubcaps for his homemade hot rod. Encouraged by his success, he steals more automobile parts and soon organizes four friends into a gang of thieves who operate out of a drive-in restaurant. The police name their gang "The Choppers," and insurance investigator Tom Hart is called to investigate the claims for stolen car accessories. The Choppers dispose of their loot through a fence, junk dealer Moose McGill, but the case is broken when Hart's car is stripped at the gang's headquarters. His secretary, Liz, finds chicken feathers at the scene of the crime, and this leads to the discovery of the use of a poultry truck as part of the gang's operation. The police set up a decoy, and Hart catches Crusier and the gang at the junkyard, but not before Crusier has killed ... +


Crusier, a teenager, steals some hubcaps for his homemade hot rod. Encouraged by his success, he steals more automobile parts and soon organizes four friends into a gang of thieves who operate out of a drive-in restaurant. The police name their gang "The Choppers," and insurance investigator Tom Hart is called to investigate the claims for stolen car accessories. The Choppers dispose of their loot through a fence, junk dealer Moose McGill, but the case is broken when Hart's car is stripped at the gang's headquarters. His secretary, Liz, finds chicken feathers at the scene of the crime, and this leads to the discovery of the use of a poultry truck as part of the gang's operation. The police set up a decoy, and Hart catches Crusier and the gang at the junkyard, but not before Crusier has killed McGill. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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