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Wild Ride, The (1960)

In one of Jack Nicholson’s earliest films, the future superstar plays homicidal hot-rodder Johnny Varron who is fed up with a former pal who has given up the wild life to settle down with his girlfriend Nancy (Georgianna Carter).


Kidnapping the girl, he takes her on a high-speed rampage pursued by the local constabulary.

Like many of Nicholson’s early efforts, this release came out of the Roger Corman low-budget stable and was edited by future cult director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop).

It’s obviously a cheap quickie, but it has its own exploitative charm and young Jack looks like he’s having a ball.

Johnny Varron
Jack Nicholson
Georgianna Carter
Robert Bean

Harvey Berman