GenreDrama, Music, Romance Budget30,000 USD CountryUnited States
Release dateDecember 1962 (1962-12) WriterArch Hall Sr. (screenplay), Bob Wehling (screenplay), Joe Thomas (additional dialogue) DirectorsRay Dennis Steckler, Leigh Jason CastArch Hall Jr. (Bud Eagle), Nancy Czar (Vickie Wills), Marie Denn (Marge), Ray Dennis Steckler (Steak), Robert Crumb (Don Proctor), Al Scott (Tom) Similar moviesRock School, Back to the Future, Motörhead Live in Toronto, Twisted Sister North Stage '82, Twisted Sister: Live at Wacken Open Air (The Reunion), Guitar Method for the Beginning Electric or Acoustic Guitarist
TaglineA frenzy of musical action
Wild guitar 1962
Wild Guitar is a 1962 musical drama film starring Arch Hall Jr., Arch Hall, Sr. (credited as William Watters), Ray Dennis Steckler (credited as Cash Flagg), and Nancy Czar. The movie was directed by Ray Dennis Steckler and was produced by Arch Hall, Sr. The film was targeted towards the drive-in market, and is generally regarded as a B-movie, but has become infamous as part of a series of films made by Arch Hall, Sr. which starred his son, Arch Hall, Jr.
Bud Eagle (Arch Hall Jr.), a young singer-songwriter, arrives in Hollywood on a motorcycle. At Marge's Koffee Kup Cafe, he meets Vickie (Nancy Czar), an aspiring dancer, who quizzes him about his "gimmick" and promises to give him the "inside dope" on the music industry. He attends her performance at a television variety show later that night. When the scheduled saxophonist is unable to perform, Bud steps in with a ballad that earns him a standing ovation.
Bud's performance also earns the notice of talent scout Mike McCauley (Arch Hall Sr.), who offers him a record deal. Bud accepts the McCauley's proposal. McCauley immediately installs Bud in a penthouse apartment, providing him with tailored suits, a Fender Jazzmaster, a mini tape recorder, and a new backing band ready to record his songs. Bud's music career takes off in spite of his mounting doubts about the unscrupulous McCauley, who pays high school students to promote his music at their schools. Bud attempts to leave McCauley more than once, but relents when McCauley reminds him of the money he's owed. Bud performs "Vickie" (also heard in the less contextually-appropriate Eegah) live on television, and Vickie sees the broadcast. She runs to the television studio where they joyfully reunite. They spend the night ice skating in Vickie's uncle's rink; Nancy Czar being a former figure skater
When Bud returns to his penthouse apartment, he is confronted by Don Proctor, McCauley's previous client. He warns Bud that McCauley is cheating him, and manipulating him. McCauley's henchman, Steak (Ray Dennis Steckler), arrives with a girl, Daisy, who begins to dance seductively, distracting Bud while Steak and Proctor go outside to fight. Steak throws Proctor down a staircase. As Daisy kisses Bud, Vickie walks in, and runs out again in tears. Bud chases after her but is kidnapped by a trio of comical bums from Marge's Koffee Kup Cafe.
Eager to take advantage of McCauley, Bud helps the kidnappers to plan the crime, encouraging them to ask for more ransom money. They try to share the money with him, but he refuses. Steak breaks into the kidnappers' hideout, the group scatters, and Bud goes into hiding. He takes a job as a dishwasher at Marge's Koffee Kup Cafe, where he and Vickie reconcile, but are quickly apprehended by McCauley and Steak, who threaten violence if Bud does not return to them.
After a climactic fist fight between Steak and Bud, Steak flees, and Bud demands that McCauley reform his dishonest business. McCauley refuses. Bud reveals that he has recorded the incriminating conversation using the mini tape recorder, and he threatens to make the recording public. McCauley relents, promising to manage Bud's career fairly from now on. The movie closes with scenes of Vickie and Bud dancing together on the beach as Bud sings "Twist Fever."
Arch Hall, Jr. as Bud Eagle
Arch Hall, Sr. as Mike McCauley (credited as William Watters)
Nancy Czar as Vickie Wills
Ray Dennis Steckler as Steak (credited as Cash Flagg)
Marie Denn as Marge
Carolyn Brandt as Dancer on Ramp (Uncredited)
Virginia Broderick as Daisy
Robert Crumb as Don Proctor
Rick Dennis as Stage Manager
Jonathan Karle as Kidnapper #3
William Lloyd as Weasel
Al Scott as Ted Eagle
Mike Treibor as Brains (Kidnapper #1)
Paul Voorhees as Hal Kenton
In popular culture
In 2005, the film was featured in an episode of Deadly Cinema.
In 2010, it was also featured in an episode of This Movie Sucks! hosted by Ed the Sock and Liana Kerzner.