70'S FOCUS : DRIVE HARD... DRIVE FAST ... 1973 ...
UNIVERSAL TELEVISION Presents A UNIVERSAL/PUBLIC ARTS PRODUCTION
DRIVE HARD .. DRIVE FAST! Starring
BRIAN KELLY as Mark Drsicoll
JOAN COLLINS as Carole Bradley
HENRY SILVA as Deek La Costa
JOSEPH CAMPANELLA as Eric Bradley
KAREN HUSTON as Ellen Bradley
TODD MARTIN as Fielder
CHARLES H GRAY as Blonde Man
JOHN TRAYNE as Gerald Ives
FRANK RAMIREZ as Comandant Morales
Director of Photography - Gene Polito Edited by John J Dumas
Music by Pete Rugolo Costumes by Charles Waldo
Teleplay by Matthew Howard Story by John Thomas James
Produced by Jo Swerling & Roy Huggins
Directed by Douglas Heyes
WHAT A LOVELY COUPLE OF BOOK ENDS!
Racing pilot, Mark Driscoll agrees to drive a beautiful lady, Carole Bradley home to New Orleans, from Mexico City, in her husbands sports car. Soon after they depart, they are constantly followed by psychopatic Deek La Costa. As well as tailing them, he can hear their every word, via a bugging device in the car. A dangerous cat and mouse game ensues, on a never-ending road! There is only one thing left to do ..... Drive Hard! Drive Fast!!
(c) 1969 (Released 1973) UNIVERSAL 88 MINS COLOUR
MY LOVE LIFE IS BOAING ME!
This TV movie was filmed in 1969, but was shelved by Universal until 1973 and even then it was rarely screened. Soon after filming, it's star Brian Kelly, who is synonymus with the classic TV series "Flipper", was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. The accident ended his film career, as he remained paralysed in his right arm and he developed a speech impediment. However he did go on to produce films, including the cult "Blade Runner."
The producer Roy Huggins and director Douglas Heyes had previously worked on the classic James Garner series "Maverick".
IS THAT A MANIAC OVER THERE? NO DARLING! IT'S ONLY MY HUSBAND!
The film although interesting, is choppily edited and jumps from one scene to another, although this may be intentional! Joan looks wonderful in a variety of outfits and although always on the move, she manages to look elegant throughout. Henry Silva who plays the psycho in the film also appeared in "The Bravados" with Joan and Gregory Peck. There is not very much information on the production and other than a handful of rare TV screenings, the film is not available on DVD.. I managed to get a copy some years ago.. Maybe it will surface at some stage..