Oct 10, 2005
Hell on Wheels (1967)
No film with Marty Robbins and John Ashley as brothers can be ALL bad, right? Gosh, no. This Cain and Abel update to the race track and the moonshine racket features the rival siblings as they clash over their hot rod cars, and then righteous Robbins wants to set Ashley straight over his dalliance with the old fire water. Hey, Marty even gets to sing! This old-fashioned fun played at my third-floor deck drive-in during the summer. Man, I almost wish the heat was back so I could go back and re-open the drive-in with my patronage of two! Anyway, HELL ON WHEELS is brought to us by the great Will Zens, who did a fare share of Southern regional drive-in fare for nearly three decades (CAPTURE THAT CAPSULE, TRUCKERS WOMAN), and of the ones I've seen, this seems his most competent and straight-ahead.