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'50S CAR CULTURE SALUTE
July 25, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

This is one of TCM’s more playful and outrageous theme nights – the TV equivalent of a summer beach read. It’s an evening of movies devoted to ’50s Car Culture, and though it includes, in the morning hours, the most famous example of the genre (1955’s Rebel without a Cause, at 3 a.m. ET), this particular lineup is dominated by low-budget goofy movies that rarely see the light of day – much less the night of TCM. Take, for example, two entries from Roger Corman’s low-rent AIP shop, 1958’s Hot Rod Gang (9:30 pm. ET) and its 1959 sequel, The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow. The latter (pictured), televised at 11 a.m. ET, is a comedy about a hot rod gang in search of a new headquarters, and moving into a haunted house. It’s like Scooby-Doo with engines – and with music. Like, crazy, man.

 
 
 
 
 
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