After his own car is hauled away by the repo men, the recently divorced Michael Nolan (Darren McGavin) ends up taking a job repossessing vehicles himself. Teaming up with a 16-year-old girl (Denise Nickerson), he plunges into the gritty, unpredictable business. Cameos and guest appearances by veterans such as Joan Collins, Dick Martin, Sylvia Miles, and Bill Hudson and Brett Hudson add spice to the tire-squealing action.
Milwaukee-born Don Weis began as a director of light-hearted, often youth-oriented entertainments. After graduating in film studies from the University of Southern California in 1942, he got his first job as an errand boy at Warner Brothers. He saw wartime service as a film technician with the U.S. Army Air Corps, based at Culver City. After the war, he resumed his apprenticeship with Enterprise Productions as a dialogue director and assistant on several pictures produced by Stanley Kramer. In 1951, he was signed by Dore Schary to a two-year contract at MGM, making his directorial feature debut with the newspaper expose Bannerline (1951). This was followed by a string of light comedies and musicals of widely varying quality.
Among the best of the bunch was the cheerful George Wells scripted and produced musical I Love Melvin (1953), (starring Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor), highlighted by several exuberant dance routines and an engaging dream sequence in which Debbie sings… read more