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Jalopy(1953)

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Those zany Bowery Boys are at it again in the light-hearted comedy Jalopy (1953) when Slip (Leo Gorcey) enters his clunky Model T Ford in an auto race to help malt shop owner Louie (Bernard Gorcey - father of Leo) out of a financial jam. Things don't go well until Sach (Huntz Hall) invents a secret super fuel that makes cars go lightning fast with the help of a nutty professor (Leon Belasco) who is renting out the malt shop's back room as his laboratory. Soon, however, local gangsters get wind of the formula and plot to steal it before the big race.

Jalopy was the 29th film in the steadfast Bowery Boys film series, which cranked out 48 likeable low-budget Monogram Pictures B-movies in all between 1946-58. The plots usually revolved around a reliable formula involving a group of tough but good-hearted street kids living on New York's Bowery who got involved in a variety of neighborhood hijinks and usually tangled with local underworld types in the process. Jalopy has the distinction of being the first Bowery Boys film to be released under Monogram Pictures' new spruced-up unit, Allied Artists.

Jalopy is filled with good zany action from start to finish, and Bowery Boys fans will get a kick out of the high-octane shenanigans that play out on the racetrack. Racing sequences were shot on location at the Culver City Speedway in California, which doubles for New York--despite the noticeable palm trees in the background.

By Andrea Passafiume

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