Saturday, September 26, 2009

Gas Pump Girls (1979)

Stumbled across this 1979 teen sexploitation oddity on cable recently and it left me bemused and oddly or perhaps vaguely entertained. Gas Pump Girls features the genres prerequisite indgredients of t & a, goofy + raunchy humor and cartoony bad guys out to foil the fun times of some older beyond their allegedly "just graduated" from Hometown High School looking guys and gals trying to save Uncle Joe's service station. Early on in the movie, a character breaks into song for a onetime musical sideline and then it's back to the generic disco soundtrack - available at the time of the films release on Blockbuster Records.

Actor Ken Lerner co-stars as Peewee, a member of the Vultures motorcycle gang who turns from tough to tender. He has gone on to a prolific career in Hollywood with a notable turn as the school principal in an early season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer among his many credits. Light years away from his Dead End Kid days, an almost unrecognizable Huntz Hall plays the ailing gas station owner Uncle Joe. Screen bad guy Mike Mazurki and comedian Joe E. ("Oooh! Oooh!") Ross make a brief appearance as geriatric gangsters hired by the movie's heavy and owner of the rival service station, Mr. Friendly, to rub out the competition. We know Mr. Friendly is a really bad guy because he even has a framed picture of J. Edgar Hoover in his office. D'oh.


  1. I'll have to check that out. I had seen this poster before. I love these posters like this. I've never had the chance to see the movie before.

  2. The poster may be the most outstanding thing about this movie, LOL! It's rather goofy, but a watchable popcorn flick.