The Fast and the Furious (1955 film)
|The Fast and the Furious|
Lobby card to The Fast and the Furious (1955)
|Directed by||John Ireland
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Written by||Roger Corman (story)
|Distributed by||American Releasing Corporation|
|Release dates||February 15 1955|
|Running time||73 minutes|
The Fast and the Furious is a 1955 film starring John Ireland and Dorothy Malone. It was the first film produced by American International Pictures production company. The black-and-white B-movie was co-directed by the film's leading man, John Ireland. The story was written by Roger Corman and the screenplay by Jean Howell and Jerome Odlum.
Frank Webster (John Ireland) has broken out of jail, charged with a murder he did not commit. While on the run, and the subject of radio news reports, he becomes cornered in a small coffee shop by a zealous citizen. He commits battery to escape, and kidnaps a young woman named Connie (Dorothy Malone) as he gets away. Frank drives off with Connie in her Jaguar. But she soon proves a difficult hostage, trying to escape a few times, which leads him to treat her more roughly than they both would prefer. This mutual struggle soon leads the two to fall in love with each other. Continuing to elude police, the couple slips into a cross-border sports car race, which Frank plans to take advantage of in order to escape into Mexico. But out of sympathy for Frank and a desire to be with him, Connie informs the police of the plan so he might face trial and be acquitted. And at the last moment he too decides it is better to turn himself in. The film ends with his capture by police imminent.
- John Ireland as Frank Webster
- Dorothy Malone as Connie Adair
- Bruce Carlisle as Faber
- Iris Adrian as Wilma Belding
- Snub Pollard as a park caretaker
The rights to the film's title (but not the story rights) were purchased and became the title of the 2001 film The Fast and the Furious.
- Alan Frank, The Films of Alan Frank: Shooting My Way Out of Trouble, Bath Press, 1998 p 17
- Samuel Z Arkoff & Richard Turbo, Flying Through Hollywood By the Seat of My Pants, Birch Lane Press, 1992 p 35
- Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p21