1977 Universal Studios trailer for “The Car” (1977).
The film was directed by Elliot Silverstein, who also directed “Cat Ballou” (1965) and “A Man Called Horse” (1970). Silverstein would later direct four episodes of the HBO horror anthology series, “Tales from the Crypt” (1991-94, which was inspired by the 1950s EC comic book series of the same name).
Who was in “The Car?”
The players who appeared in “The Car” were James Brolin (as Wade Parent), Kathleen Lloyd (as Lauren), R.G. Armstrong (as Amos), John Marley (as Everett), Elizabeth Thompson (as Margie), John Rubenstein (as John Morris), Kim Richards (as Lynn Marie), Eddie Little Sky (as Denson), Roy Jenson (as Ray Mott) and Ronny Cox (as Luke).
The original working title for “The Car”
According to the American Film Institute’s database entry for “The Car,” the original working title for the film was known as “Wheels.” The screenplay was written by Michael Butler and Dennis Shyrack.
After Universal Studios acquired the rights to Butler and Shyrack’s screenplay, the studio changed the name of “Wheels” to “The Car.” The studio did this since competing film distributor United Artists owned the screenplay rights to an unrelated Arthur Hailey novel, which was also titled “Wheels.”
According to IMDB’s trivia portal on “The Car,” automobile customizer George Barris worked on a modified version of the 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III for the feature. The customized automobile design was requested by Silverstein, who asked Barris to give the 1971 Lincoln Continental an “evil” look.
According to Turner Classic Movies’ trivia section on “The Car,” Barris’ workshop built several modified fiberglass versions of the Lincoln Continental Mark III for filming (in addition to the main “evil” vehicle).
Be sure to watch Svengoolie’s showcase of “The Car” (1977) this Sat. on Me-TV!
With a mix of chills and thrills (along with Svengoolie’s interesting facts about the feature, Doug Graves’ song of the night and Kerwyn’s mail call segment), you will not want to miss out on Sven’s showcase of “The Car” this Sat. evening on Me-TV!
Sat., July 8 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3 (over-the-air)/Comcast 196/Verizon 489 (WTTG’s Me-TV sub-channel was recently added to Verizon’s Fios lineup for subscribers in the greater Washington area, according to Me-TV’s official website)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Comcast 248 (Sven is also time-delayed on WGAL-TV 8 due to their 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel).
Happy Fourth of July to all fellow fans of Sven and classic/cult film from “Silver Screen Reflections!” Have fun, be safe, enjoy the Fourth and drive carefully! –C.H.
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