Moonshine County Express When a hillbilly moonshiner is murdered by a powerful sleazy competitor, his three armed to the teeth daughters take over the family business and swear vengeance.
After their father is murdered by Starkey, the local crime kingpin, the Hammer sisters are determined to beat Starkey at his own game. The sisters discover a huge stash of pure bootleg liquor, stored away in a secret hiding place. They’ve inherited it from their father. And they plan on selling it right under Starkey’s nose, and making a fortune. But Starkey proves to be a formidable foe, who’ll stop at nothing to shut-down the Hammer sister’s liquor business.
This film boasts a talented cast of actors. Especially William Conrad, as the cigar-chomping, nefarious Starkey. John Saxon co-stars as the wily, ace moonshine runner, JB. Saxon has a tumultuous, eclectic chemistry with co-star, Susan Howard. Susan plays the eldest sister, Dot Hammer. Most of the time, Dot can’t decide whether to kiss JB, or strangle him.
Claudia Jennings, was known as the queen of 70s drive-in movies. Claudia plays the stalwart Betty Hammer, who defends her family with gusto, from Starkey and his thugs. Claudia’s only in a supporting role though. So she never gets to become the center of attention, like she does in her films where she’s the main character. Maureen McCormick, known to most as Marcia from the Brady Bunch, is Sissy Hammer, the youngest sister. Maureen doesn’t shine as brightly as the rest of the cast. That’s mainly because her role as Sissy, isn’t very well-developed.
This move was part of a sub-genre of 70s B movies, that featured good ‘ol boys and gals in the sticks, as the main protagonists. These films always seemed to have the hero(s) running from either the law, the bad guys, or both, in souped-up muscle cars on dirt roads. Other 70s movies of this ilk, included Moonrunners (which spawned the TV show, the Dukes Of Hazzard), Smokey and The Bandit, Gator, etc. Moonshine County Express, is a top-tier film of this genre. So you’ll enjoy it, if these kinds of films are your cup of corn-squeezins.