C.C. and Company (1970)
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This movie was made right after Joe Namath won Super Bowel III. He was at the height of his popularity and wanted to give acting a try. But he can't act, he just played himself. It was written by Ann-Margret's husband and she was the co-star. He was from Arizona so they filmed it in the Arizona desert. They named the movie after a real blues band that provided some of the music, The C.C. Ryders. One of the tunes sounds like one from the Blues Brothers movie. William Smith played the bad guy. He was coming off the TV show Laredo where he played a good guy Texas Ranger. The story is a hokey love story between Joe Namath and Ann-Margret. It starts with Joe Namath shoplifting a sandwich in the middle of a grocery store. That's the best part of the movie. The prices posted and the dollar amounts mentioned in the movie show how much inflation there has been since 1970. The bad guy bikers were almost unreal led by William Smith. It does have a basis in the historical rivalry between the motorcycle races staged by the American motorcycle companies in the 1930's and 1940's and the outlaw races that were being staged by motorcycle clubs. But by 1970 traditional motor cycle racing had lost popularity. In the 1960's Honda introduced a small motorbike to the U.S. market. The American motorcycle companies were bankrupt by 1970 except for Harley-Davison. The Japanese motorcycle companies introduced dirt bikes and started promoting motocross dirt bike racing in the late 1960's. That's what they showed in this movie. The outlaw bikers in this movie were the Hollywood invented type. The real criminal bikers that were imitating the bikers from the 1950's Hollywood movies based on the 1940's outlaw bikers, wouldn't be found anywhere near a dirt bike race. In this movie outlaw bikers where bums living by a creek like a bunch of hippies. They all over acted. Some of the actors couldn't ride motorcycle so they gave them three wheel versions or added side cars. Real bikers had to have money. Motorcycles cost money. They usually had a real job. They probably worked as mechanics. The criminal outlaw biker gangs that existed in the 1960's and 1970's sold drugs, usually speed, to truck drivers and their topless dancer girlfriends. They didn't hangout outside either. They had clubhouses and they hung out in bars with nude or topless dancers. Most bikers weren't bad people. The criminal bikers are all old, dead or in prison now. They just like to ride around on weekends in large groups so the cops can't give them tickets for riding illegal bikes. Most choppers aren't street legal. At the end of the climatic race William Smith crashes into a 1956 Ford Fairlane convertible. My Dad had a 1956 Ford Fairlane four-door hardtop. Low budget movies always seem to find old cars to burn.
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