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The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959)

Synopsis of The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow – Hot rods, monsters and rock’n’roll… In this teen-oriented picture, a gang of greasers hole up in a reputedly haunted mansion after getting evicted from their clubhouse.

Review of The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow is a cheesy, enjoyable bit of fluff.  For all intents and purposes, it’s a live-action version of the Scooby Doo cartoon.  Years before the Scooby Doo cartoon was invented.  It deals with incredibly squeaky-clean teenagers, who are all obsessed with drag racing.  But they don’t even consider breaking the speed limits.

There’s a little bit of plot, dealing with their dragster club being thrown out of their club building for not paying their rent.  So, after a dance scene, a sleep over, and some other silliness, there’s a haunted house available for their club.  If they can de-spook it.

It’s silly fun, that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and the audience shouldn’t either.  I wouldn’t pay good money to watch it, but if you see it on TV, Tubi, or Amazon Prime, enjoy it.

Characters in The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

  • Lois Cavendish (Jody Fair).  The grease monkey – her hair is perfectly coiffed, but she’s got a smudge of grease on her pretty face.
  • Wesley Cavendish (Kirby Smith).  Lois’ father, who’s concerned that she’s more interested in cars than boys.  Until she’s kissed by a boy.  And concerned about the daughter’s sleepover. And concerned about not being able to sell Anastasia’s house.  It’s a pity that the acting was poor since there was a lot of opportunity for comedy in this role.
  • Alice Cavendish (Jeanne TatumThe Astounding She-Monster).  Lois’ mother, who acts as “mother knows best”.
  • Tom Hendry (Russ BenderWar of the Colossal BeastIt Conquered the World).  Lois’ boyfriend, leader of the dragstrip club.
  • Dave (Henry McCannHot Rod GangNo Time for Sergeants).  Effectively, Dilton Doyle from the Archie comics.  Very good comedy relief, especially in conjunction with his tall girlfriend Rhoda.  Dave also creates “Amelia” the intelligent car that solves the “mystery” of the monster in the haunted house.
  • Rhoda (Elaine DuPontOzzie and HarrietThe Beach Girls and the Monster).  Along with Dave, effective comedy relief.  Partly due to the contrast in their heights, but also due to her acting.
  • Anastasia Abernathy (Dorothy NeumannThe TerrorThe Snake Pit).  The older woman who owns the “haunted” house.  She offers it to the dragstrip club, if they can de-haunt it.  Along with her pet parrot, more comedy characters.

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