Frankie’s rival for Dee Dee’s affection this time is the Potato Bug (Ronnie Dayton), a British singing sensation and drag strip racer whose resemblance to The Beatles was doubtlessly purely intentional.
Before Frankie and Potato can come to a big showdown, stuffy millionaire Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III (Keenan Wynn) – who drives around in a Rolls and wants to prove his pet chimpanzee is as intelligent as teenagers – almost snaps up the kids’ drag strip for an addition to his senior citizens seaside retirement village.
On hand to defend the young people is glamorous schoolteacher Vivien Clements (Martha Hyer). Don Rickles is particularly good as “Big Drag” – the owner of the kids’ hangout, ‘Big Drag’s Pit Stop’ – overplaying a role that predates his rise to fame on television.
He paints Jackson-Pollock-ish modern art, which catches the eye of an art dealer, played by the famed horror movie star, Boris Karloff.
The lively fast-moving film culminates in a silent-comedy-style chase and a big, boisterous brawl.
Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III
Eric Von Zipper
Little Stevie Wonder
South Dakota Slim
Teenage Werewolf Monster