Dragstrip Riot

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Dragstrip Riot
"Dragstrip Riot" (1958).jpg
Original lobby card
Directed byDavid Bradley
Produced byO'Dale Ireland (as O. Dale Ireland)
Written byGeorge Hodgins
StarringYvonne Lime
Gary Clarke
Fay Wray
Connie Stevens
Tony Butala
Music byNicholas Carras
CinematographyGilbert Warrenton (as Gil Warrenton)
Edited byJohn A. Bushelman
Transworld Productions
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures (USA)
Release date
March 1958 (USA)
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited States

Dragstrip Riot is a 1958 film[1] starring Yvonne Lime, Fay Wray and Gary Clarke, released by American International Pictures as a double feature with The Cool and the Crazy. The film's working title was Teenage Rumble; in the UK the film had the more sober title, The Reckless Age. Gary Clarke recalled the film had three directors, David Bradley, producer O' Dale Ireland and one other and was shot over a six-month period.[2]


In a beach community near Malibu, California, teenager Rick Martin promises his mother he won't get into any more fights — especially like the one that put him in jail a few months back. But when a motorcycle gang begins harassing his drag-racing pals, all hell breaks loose. One of the cyclists is sent hurtling over a cliff, after which Rick gets the blame.

Rick gets into a fight, defending a girl, Janet Pearson, and later explains to her how his previous arrest for assault also occurred after coming to the aid of someone else. When gang leader Silva attempts to harm both Rick and Janet, new friends intervene and Mrs. Martin and his grandfather have a new appreciation for her son.



Music composed and conducted by Nicholas Carras, lyrics by Carl Eugster.

Teenage Rumble
Sung by The Ripchords
Something New
Sung by Connie Stevens, accompanied by The Ripchords
Rock & Rollin Joe
Sung by the Ripchords
Jamaica Rock
Sung by Connie Stevens, accompanied by The Ripchords
Only One to a Customer
Sung by The Ripchords


  1. ^ Gary A. Smith, American International Pictures: The Golden Years, Bear Manor Media 2013 p 76
  2. ^ p.17 Weaver, Tom Gary Clarke Interview in Earth vs. the Sci-Fi Filmmakers: 20 Interviews McFarland, 23 Jun. 2014

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