Jalopy (1953)

JALOPY (1953)
Article #1641 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-11-2005
Posting Date: 2-8-2006
Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey

Slip is having little success in his new career as a race car driver until Sach invents a super fuel.

What I like the most about the Bowery Boys are the fun they have occasionally with fantastic genre conventions and Leo Gorcey’s malaprops (I’m a sucker for wordplay like this). What I like least is Huntz Hall’s clowning and mugging, which is why I had no fondness for the series once Gorcey left and they became Huntz Hall movies. This is pretty typical fare for them. There’s a bit of genre fun, and I enjoy Gorcey as always, but this is one where Hall is at his most annoying, and I didn’t enjoy it quite as well as some of the others in the series. As usual, none of the other Bowery Boys are given much to do. There’s some interesting names in the cast, though; one-time Batman Robert Lowery plays the villain, and perennial gorilla George Barrows and Ed Wood regular Conrad Brooks appear respectively as a race car driver and a party guest.

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