Red Line 7000

John Robert Crawford and Laura Devon are two of the fresh faces in Red Line 7000 (1965).  Howard Hawks’ knack for undiscovered talent largely failed him while casting Red Line, although James Caan went on to a major Hollywood career, and a second, superior Hawks film, El Dorado.

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James Caan straps on his crash helmet in a publicity photo for Red Line 7000 (1965) with Norman Alden part of his pit crew.  Norman was in Hawks’ previous film, Man’s Favorite Sport as the guard at Lake Wackapoogie.

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Laura Devon as Julie in a publicity still for Red Line 7000 (1965).  Laura had 26 acting credits in her career, from a 1960 tv episode, to 1967.   Only five of her acting credits were in feature films, the rest on tv.

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The scenes at the race track in Red Line 7000 (1965), including the three races, were filmed at Riverside International Raceway and Ascot Park Speedway in southern California, Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, Darlington Raceway in South Carolina and Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

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Larry Frank was one of the real NASCAR racers featured in Red Line 7000 (1965).

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Charlene Holt tries to comfort Gail Hire who thinks she’s a jinx to her race car driver boyfriends in Red Line 7000 (1965).  Similar looking and sounding Suzanne Pleshette would have been much better in Gail’s part.

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Charlene Holt sizes up James Caan in a rerelease publicity photo for Red Line 7000 (1965).  Though the film was generally a failure, they both were featured to better affect in Hawks’ next film, El Dorado.  Charlene was also in Hawks’ previous film, Man’s Favorite Sport, as Rock Hudson’s girlfriend.

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John Robert Crawford, Marianna Hill and Gail Hire in a publicity photo for Red Line 7000 (1965).  Gail was another actress, like Jennifer O’Neill in Rio Lobo, who offended Howard Hawks’ sensibilities by being a diva on set without anything to back it up.

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original publicity still (1965)

Laura Devon and John Robert Crawford are part of the problem in Howard Hawks’ inferior Red Line 7000 (1965), a film worth watching for the three racing scenes.  Laura is at least attractive and a decent enough actress, but John is quite forgettable.

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Teri Garr has an uncredited bit as a waitress in Red Line 7000 (1965).  When she was working with Francois Truffaut on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Francois mentioned the bit to Teri, as he recalled the film in great detail, being a long time Hawks admirer.  While the film is one of Hawks’ weakest, the acting highlights are all terrific.

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James Caan and Marianna Hill in a publicity still for Red Line 7000 (1965)

James Caan and Marianna Hill in a publicity still for Red Line 7000 (1965)

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John Robert Crawford and Gail Hire in an original publicity still for Red Line 7000 (1965)

Red Line 7000 is one of four weak Howard Hawks films he made in his career.  But even with his weakest films, the action highlights are all terrific.

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Laura Devon, Norman Alden and James Caan in an original publicity still for Red Line 7000 (1965)

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Norman Alden, James Caan and George Takei in an original publicity still for Red Line 7000 (1965).  George was Sulu on 52 episodes of Star Trek (1966-69) and is now a gay rights activist and outspoken critic of Trump.

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Marianna Hill as Gabrielle in Red Line 7000 (1965)