Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

1974

John Hough
Director
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Studio

Two washed-up Nascar racers turned thieves and a one-night stand go on the lam from cops after a supermarket heist. They evade the cops, both cars and helicopters, until . .

One of the better car chase films of the 70s, a decade that had plenty of them. Genuinely surprising ending, one that wouldn't be out of place in a 1930s "Crime Doesn't Pay" short. Whether you like it or not, it's memorable, to say the least. Apparently the studio was very unhappy, as they already had the sequel planned! Unfortunately the human drama is a little underwhelming - basically it boils down to Morrow being out-idioted by Fonda. And there is a certain macabre irony in Morrow riding around in a helicopter.

This movie had to have been a big influence on George Miller in making Mad Max: the ominipresent dispatcher, the obsessed cop and the high-speed Interceptor...also, the "mediocre" bit in Fury Road is certainly a homage to Susan George's smirking "Average" in response to Fonda's stunt jump early in the film.

Note: It's really tough to ID people in this movie, but I did my best.

-Dave W.



17th May 1974
Cinema



93 mins
1.85:1




"
Peter Fonda
Larry Rayder
Peter Fonda
Larry Rayder
Susan George
Mary Coombs
Susan George
Mary Coombs
Adam Roarke
Deke
Adam Roarke
Deke
Kenneth Tobey
Sheriff Carl Donohue
Eugene Daniels
Hank
Lynn Borden
Evelyn Stanton
Elizabeth James
Dispatcher
Janear Hines
Millie
T.J. Castronovo
Steve
(as Tom Castranova)
Adrianne Herman
Cindy Stanton
Al Rossi
Surl
James W. Gavin
Helicopter Pilot
(as James Gavin)
Vic Morrow
Captain Everett Franklin
Ben Niems
Police Chief Markey
George Westcott
Bridge Operator
Tom O'Neill
Farmer
Edna MacAfee
Seller at Swapmeet
Don Coughlin
Swapmeet Character
Sonny Dukes
Swapmeet Character
Beau Gentry
Swapmeet Character
Robert Hirschfeld
Swapmeet Character
(as Bob Hirshfield)
Bill Catching
Roy Bailes
(as William Catching)
Jody Carlson
Telephone Operator
Tom Howard Jr.
Trooper
Craig Kelly
Trooper
(Car 20 at swapmeet)
Larry Luttrell
Trooper
Gary McLarty
Trooper
(on lookout tower)
Bob Minor
Trooper
(Car 13 driver, through billboard)
Jerry Summers
Trooper
Dick Warlock
Trooper
Ted White
Trooper
(Car 8 driver, crashed into bar)
Jerry Wills
Trooper
(Car 20 at swapmeet)
(not 100% positive)
Al Wyatt Jr.
Trooper
(Car 8, crashed into bar)
Roddy McDowall
George Stanton
(uncredited)
Unknown 5051
Trooper at Station
Al Wyatt Sr.
Bartender
(uncredited)
Unknown 5051
Trooper
(went fishin')
Al Wyatt Sr.
Stunt Coordinator
Bell 206
Police Helicopter

Dave Wright: Screencaps & Notes
1/2