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The Fast and the Furious (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | November 1954 (USA)
A trucker framed for murder breaks out of jail, takes a young woman hostage, and enters her sports car in cross-border road race hoping to get to Mexico before the police catch him.


John Ireland, Edward Sampson (as Edwards Sampson)


Jerome Odlum (screenplay), Jean Howell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
John Ireland ... Frank Webster
Dorothy Malone ... Connie Adair
Bruce Carlisle Bruce Carlisle ... Faber
Iris Adrian ... Wilma Belding - Waitress
Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford ... Mr. Hillman - Race Marshal
Bruno VeSota ... Bob Nielson - Truck Driver (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Byrd Holland ... Doctor
Larry Thor ... Detective Sergeant
Henry Rowland ... Faraday - Motorist in Park
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Sally Phillips
Dick Pinner Dick Pinner ... State Trooper (as Richard Pinner)
Robin Morse Robin Morse ... Gas Station Attendant
Lou Place Lou Place ... Det. Faraday
'Snub' Pollard ... Park Caretaker (as Snub Pollard)


A man wrongly imprisoned for murder breaks out of jail. He wants to clear his name, but with the police pursuing him, he's forced to take a beautiful young woman, driving a fast sports car, hostage and slip into a cross-border sports car race to try to make it to Mexico before the police get him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Wanted Man... Meets A Wanting Woman! See more »


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This first release for what would become American-International Pictures (AIP), appropriately enough, marked the first association with Roger Corman. Corman would become one of the leading suppliers of product for AIP until be established his own distribution company. Almost 65 years later, Corman is still an active producer. See more »


Shadow of boom mic visible when Frank and Connie are climbing out of the ditch they were hiding in while the cop car drove past. See more »


Connie Adair: It's a police car!
Frank Webster: I've got a bullet for them, and one for you. You're gonna' see a lot of cops and lots of people before we cross the border. Behave yourself. Act natural, and there won't be any trouble. I like quiet women. Stay that way!
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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AIP's first film: let loose the hounds of war!
9 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Surprisingly solid production with an obviously very low budget (this was producer Corman's first film, I believe, and he is true to form). About a man on the run who kidnaps a lovely lady in a sports car. Of course, she falls in love with him when he gives her a picnic. Strictly stock footage and poor rear-projection for the race scenes. Some nice touches in the dialogue. It's actually surprising that this film emerges as watchable, but it even ends up being likeable. Well, it took me years to find it, but I can't say I ever expected it to be any good, so I guess I wasn't disappointed. First film for American International Pictures (then known as American Releasing Corporation or ARC, under the auspices of the infamous Alex Gordon, Jim Nicholson, and Sam Arkoff), whose only producers at that time were Gordon, Corman, and (eventually) Herman Cohen, if I got all the names right. Anyway, as most drive in fans know, these guys changed the world of movies, and I guess this little film is where it all started. Well, fast cars and girls in danger is a good film formula, so I guess they didn't pick a bad place to start off.

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Release Date:

November 1954 (USA) See more »

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$66,000 (estimated)
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Palo Alto Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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