Kamis, 31 Maret 2011
Leon Barsha - The Pace That Thrills (1952)
"Chills and spills in the fast-paced world of motorcycle racing."
Dick "Dusty" Weston (Bill Williams) is a brash, womanizing professional motorcycle racer, who has been known to cheat his way to a victory. He and clean-cut engineer Chris Rhodes (Steve Flagg) both work for the Barton Motorcycle Company. Enter Eve Drake (Carla Balenda), a beautiful and opinionated newspaper reporter who gets a "crash course" in the rough-and-tumble world of motorcycle racing. Before long, Weston and Rhodes are at odds, the Barton company faces bankruptcy, and Eve must decide which man she truly loves. Throughout it all, you'll thrill to exciting footage of authentic flat-track and TT racing action, featuring dozens of vintage British and American bikes. Robert Armstrong (King Kong) stars as the motorcycle company boss. Also interesting to note: Howard Hughes' penchant for having "busty" women in his films is made more than obvious with cameras and women placed at strategic angles to fully accentuate the female bystanders shapes during crowd / spectator scenes.
According to various sources, "the field meet scenes were filmed at an old Southern California motorcycle racing venue called Crater Camp, later changed to Crater Bowl. It was off Topanga Canyon Road on the Valley side. The street riding scenes were filmed on Ventura Boulevard west of the San Fernando Valley. That used to be THE way to get from L.A. to Ventura and beyond before the 101 (Ventura) Freeway."