[[caption-width-right:322: Not pictured: the movie's lead actor Robert Wuhl. See BillingDisplacement in the trope list.]]

'''The Hollywood Knights''' is a 1980 comedy starring Robert Wuhl as Newbomb Turk, the leader of a high-spirited car gang that hangs out at Tubby's Drive-In, cruises the streets of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and pulls mischievous pranks and practical jokes on a variety of local snobs and authority figures. The film also features Tony Danza, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, and Fran Drescher, all of whom were still very early in their acting careers. With its 1960s nostalgia and its raunchy humor, the film plays like a cross between ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' and ''Film/AnimalHouse''.

As the movie begins, it's Halloween of 1965 and Tubby's Drive-In in Beverly Hills will be closing forever at the end of the night to make way for a new office building. Tubby's has been the long-time hangout of the Hollywood Knights car club, who have long been a thorn in the side of the Beverly Hills Residents Association and the local police department. With the "social disease" of Tubby's gone, the BHRA believes that surely the Knights will move on to other towns and finally spare the good people of Beverly Hills from all the drag racing, egging, and drive-by mooning.

For Newbomb Turk (Wuhl) and the Hollywood Knights, times are changing. Not only is Tubby's closing, but Jimmy Shine (Gary Graham) is leaving tomorrow for boot camp, and then most likely for Vietnam. Duke (Danza) is contemplating the direction of his life and the future of his relationship with Suzie Q (Pfeiffer). This year's pledge class is being initiated with a nude adventure into Watts, but the pledge classes grow smaller each year. Newbomb Turk is determined to send both Tubby's and Jimmy Shine off in style with a memorable evening of partying, pranks, and practical jokes, and he wouldn't mind scoring with Sally (Drescher) along the way.

This film includes examples of:
* AnachronismStew: A number of characters (for example, the Iron Box Twins) are wearing hairstyles and fashions more contemporary to the year of filming (1979) than the year of the setting (1965). Not unexpected in a low-budget period piece comedy, however, where the [[RuleOfFunny Rules of Funny]], [[RuleOfSexy Sexy]], and [[RuleOfCool Cool]] have priority over historical accuracy.
* AndStarring: Tony Danza, who would be the most widely known actor in the movie upon its release in 1980 because of his role at the time on the hit TV sitcom ''Series/{{Taxi}}''.
* BananaInTheTailpipe: Potatoes, actually. A common prank the Knights play on Beverly Hills police cars.
* BigWhat: Newbomb, when he learns that Officer Bimbeaux has towed away the El Camino that Newbomb "borrowed" from his older brother for the night, after parking it in front of a fire hydrant.
* BillingDisplacement: Current DVD covers for the film emphasize Danza and [[Creator/MichellePfeiffer Pfeiffer]], and usually exclude lead actor Robert Wuhl. Averted in the opening credits of the movie itself, where Wuhl does indeed get top billing.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Jacqueline Friedman, whose three attempts to cheat on her husband and have a quickie with her secret lover Nevans all end in disaster.
* CoolCar: A number of the hot rods featured in the movie qualify.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Newbomb is too busy drooling over how well Jane fills out her bikini top to notice that Tarzan is talking to him.
* FanserviceExtra: The nude brunette sunbathing with Dawn and Sally, the [[GoingCommando pantyless cheerleader]] at the pep rally, and the skinny dippers at the pool party.
* {{Gasshole}}: Newbomb, whose many talents include the ability to fart in tune with popular songs. ''"Volare!"''
* InterruptedIntimacy: Mrs. Friedman and Nevans, three different times. See CantGetAwayWithNuthin above.
* IronicEchoCut: Newbomb talking to Wheatly cuts to Officer Bimbeaux singing "You've Got Your Troubles" by The Fortunes in his police car:
-->'''Wheatly:''' Yeah, sure. Hey Newbomb, I ''saw'' your brother. He's a monster.
-->'''Newbomb:''' Do I look worried? Do I appear worried?
-->(cut to police car)
-->'''Bimbeaux:''' ''(singing)'' I see that worried look upon your face / You've got your troubles; I've got mine.
* JizzedInMyPants: Newbomb, just seconds before he was about to have sex with Sally. Sally is not impressed to say the least.
* MistakenForRacist: The naked pledges who try to steal clothes off a clothesline as they sneak through Watts, a Los Angeles neighborhood with a large African-American population. One of the pledges steals some white sheets to presumably make a toga. The homeowner sees them in white sheets, thinks the pledges are part of the Ku Klux Klan, and runs for his shotgun...
* {{Mooning}}: A staple of the pranks pulled by the Hollywood Knights. The Beverly Hills Residents Association even addresses the Knights' regular mooning sprees in one of their meetings.
* MsFanservice: A few female characters have just barely enough screentime to qualify as a Ms. Fanservice instead of as a FanserviceExtra:
** Dawn, the blonde whom Newbomb photographs while she is sunbathing nude, and later spies on as she changes clothes.
** Tarzan's companions Jane and Cheetah.
* NakedPeopleTrappedOutside: The Knights' pledge class, who are left naked except for their shoes and a car tire, and tasked with going to a radio station in Watts, requesting a dedication to Tubby's Drive-In, and making it back to Tubby's by 2 a.m.
* ThePeepingTom: Newbomb, who takes pictures of Dawn sunbathing nude, and then hides in a tree with the other Knights watching Dawn, Sally, and another girl change into sexier clothing before going to the dance. PlayedForLaughs, particularly when the girls catch him peeping each time.
* PoliceAreUseless: For as often as Bimbeaux and Clark catch the Knights causing trouble, they never actually arrest and charge them with anything.
* PoliceBrutality: Bimbeaux's proposed approach to dealing with the Knights.
* PoolScene: Two scenes at Sally's house played for laughes and {{Fanservice}}: first when Sally, Dawn, and a FanserviceExtra are sunbathing, and later with the skinny dipping party.
* PunnyName: Newbomb's nemesis Officer Bimbeaux
* RunningGag: Quite a few of them:
** The reactions of elderly Mr. Katzenberg of the Beverly Hills Residents Association to the Knights' various pranks.
** The supposed lyrics to the score of ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''.
** Mrs. Friedman's repeated attempts to have sex with Nevans. (See CantGetAwayWithNuthin and InterruptedIntimacy above)
* SkinnyDipping: The nighttime pool party at Sally's house.