NEW WORLD PICTURES MONTH: The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was first on the site on March 23, 2023.

Candy Morgan (Claudia Jennings, Playboy Playmate of the Month for November 1969 and Playmate of the Year for 1970 and quite literally the most perfect actress for movies just like this) busts out of prison and goes right back to robbing banks with sticks of lit dynamite. She inspires Ellie-Jo Turner (Jocelyn Jones, Tourist Trap), a bank teller who has just been fired for lateness and total lack of character, who joins up. Wearing tight outfits and waving around them lit sticks of TNT, they spread mayhem everywhere.

Director Michael Pressman also directed Some Kind of HeroTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the OozeDoctor Detroit and numerous episodes of Law and Order: SVU. Mark Rosin (Chatterbox) wrote the script from a story by Peter Macgregor-Scott, who would go on to produce Revenge of the Nerds and Batman and Robin amongst many other movies.

The best part of this movie is that it’s really about the friendship between the two women and how they aren’t getting back at banks for any reason. They just need money and are willing to take it. Sure, there’s a guy named Slim (John Crawford, who once dated Sharon Tate’s sister Debra, as well being one of the original Mousekateers and playing Chuck Connors’ son on The Rifleman. He also had four Top 40 singles, reaching #8 with “Cindy’s Birthday” and #12 with “Rumors”) that joins up with them and falls in love with Ellie Jo, but these ladies are the main focus.

This film is also known as Dynamite Women, in case the poster misleads you. Sadly, the queen of the B movies, Claudia Jennings, wouldn’t live to see her thirtieth birthday.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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