John Ireland and Dorothy Malone and The Fast and the Furious (1955)

The Free and the Curious

Having escaped from prison having been sent down for a murder he didn't commit, Frank Webster (John Ireland) ends up taking pretty Connie Adair (Dorothy Malone) hostage along with her sports car. Wanting to get over the border in to Mexico Frank enters them in the Pebble Beach road race but as Frank and Connie spend time together they start to fall for each other and Frank will have to choose between being on the run in Mexico or turning back to try and clear his name so he can be with Connie.

There is a scene in "The Fast and the Furious" where Dorothy Malone seems to be searching for her words and it made me think that either this movie was still being written when it went in to production or that it was a movie made in a hurry and Malone hadn't had enough time to learn her lines. As it turns out "The Fast and the Furious was made in juts 9 days and it is not just Malone as other actors also seem to be searching for their words and the upshot of this is that it ends up feeling quite amateurish with that constantly jarring feel as it lacks the flow of a rehearsed production.

Aside from that well "The Fast and the Furious" is a nice looking movie with not only Dorothy Malone looking as attractive as ever but so does the Jaguar XK120 roadster which they drive and is the main location in the movie. The thing is that whilst Malone looks nice her character is textbook as is John Ireland's who only seems to have one level through out the entire movie.

What this all boils down to is that "The Fast and the Furious" is an incredibly ordinary movie which was made quickly and it shows. But it is another movie which has fallen into the public domain so that it is free to watch online completely legally.