GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery ScreenplayJean Howell, Jerome Odlum CountryUnited States
Edward Sampson Release dateFebruary 15, 1955 (1955-02-15) WriterJerome Odlum (screenplay), Jean Howell (screenplay), Roger Corman (story) DirectorsJohn Ireland, Edward Sampson CastJohn Ireland (Frank Webster), Dorothy Malone (Connie Adair), Bruce Carlisle (Faber), Iris Adrian (Wilma Belding, Waitress), Marshall Bradford (Mr. Hillman, Race Marshal), Byrd Holland (Doctor) Similar moviesDumb and Dumber To, Straight Outta Compton, Rush, Dawn of the Dead, Le Mans, Wintergast
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The Fast and the Furious is a 1955 American crime film starring John Ireland and Dorothy Malone. It was the first film produced by American International Pictures production company. The 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.
Charged with a murder he did not commit, Frank Webster (John Ireland) has broken out of jail. 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, as he gets away, kidnaps a young woman named Connie (Dorothy Malone). 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. 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. 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 imminent capture by police.
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 working title of the movie was Crashout.
The film was shot in ten days. Corman says he "set up a little of the racing car business because I was interested in that, and I did some of the second unit stuff. But I didn't direct as such."
It was picked up for distribution by a new company, American Releasing Corporation, which became American International Pictures.
Corman says that Ireland only appeared in the film on the condition he could direct it. "Personally, I'm not very pleased with his work," said Corman later. "It was after that film that I decided to become a director."
Corman said that Dorothy Malone "had left her agent and, having no work, accepted a part for next to nothing."
The plot of the film was used again in The Chase starring Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson.
Producer Neal H. Moritz and Universal Pictures licensed the title for 2001's The Fast and the Furious. Moritz had difficulty choosing between proposed titles Racer X, Redline, Race Wars, and Street Wars, and was inspired by a documentary on American International Pictures that included Corman's film. Moritz was able to trade the use of some stock footage to Corman for use of the title.