GenreAction, Drama ScreenplayLou Rusoff WriterLou Rusoff (story) LanguageEnglish
Release date1957 (1957) CastFay Spain (Louise Blake), Steven Terrell (Jim Donaldson), Tommy Ivo (Rick Camden), Frank Gorshin (Tommy Burns), John Ashley (Fred Armstrong), Judy Bamber (Rhoda) Similar moviesPump up the Volume, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, Rush, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 21 Jump Street
TaglineCar Crazy!...Speed Crazy!...Boy Crazy!
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Dragstrip Girl is a 1957 film starring John Ashley in his first lead role. American International Pictures released the film as a double feature with Rock All Night.
Fay Spain co-starred in the film, which was remade later that year as Motorcycle Gang.
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Louise Blake, a teenager, is crazy about hot-rod cars. When a couple of guys hide from the cops after an illegal street race, Louise meets them and brings them home to meet her parents. Fred Armstrong comes from a well-to-do family, impressing Louise's mother, whereas Jim Donaldson is poor but a resourceful mechanic, impressing Louise's dad.
Encouraged to speed by Louise, the car Jim's driving nearly hits a mother and child. Fred provokes a fight, then challenges Jim to a "chicken" drag race, with Fred's friend Rick Camden helping him and ending up with a broken leg. Fred and Rick then get into a hit-and-run accident, killing another motorist.
Things come to a head at a 100-lap race on an oval. Louise ends up behind the wheel of a car, with Fred trying to run her off the road because he's aware she intends to turn over evidence from the hit-and-run. She manages to save herself as Fred is taken away by the police.