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Thunder Alley (1967)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | 22 March 1967 (USA)
Stock car racer Tommy Callahan is forced to join Pete Madsen's thrill circus after his blackouts cause a fatal accident that gets him thrown off the circuit. He shows Pete's daughter ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Rush

Writer:

Sy Salkowitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Funicello ... Francie Madsen
Fabian ... Tommy Callahan
Diane McBain ... Annie Blaine
Warren Berlinger ... Eddie Sands
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Pete Madsen
Stanley Adams ... Mac Lunsford
Michael T. Mikler ... Harry Wise
Maureen Arthur ... Babe
Kip King ... Dom
Michael Bell ... Leroy Johnson
Sandy Reed Sandy Reed ... Racing Announcer Sandy
Sammy Shore ... Turk
Baynes Barron
Michael Dugan Michael Dugan
Ronnie Dayton Ronnie Dayton
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Storyline

Stock car racer Tommy Callahan is forced to join Pete Madsen's thrill circus after his blackouts cause a fatal accident that gets him thrown off the circuit. He shows Pete's daughter Francie and her boyfriend Eddie Sands everything he knows about driving. Eddie takes up with Tommy's girl Annie Blaine after winning the first time out. They become fierce rivals by the next race, during which Tommy remembers driving over his brother with a go-kart and Eddie hits the wall. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Days of screaming wheels, nights of reckless pleasure! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Drivers See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The car driven by Fabian is a 1967 Dodge Thunder Charger built by George Barris. See more »

Goofs

The stock footage of the start of the race at Darlington shows the US flag between the South Carolina state flag and the Confederate flag however it is an older style flag with 48 stars and shouldn't have been used. See more »

Quotes

Harry Wise: [walks over to Tommy Callahan] Hey, hey, hey, hey. Nobody told you you could hang around decent people, Callahan. Hey Turk, do you know who you just let in? He's the guy who killed ol' Jimmy John Jones. Didn't ya, killer?... I said, Didn't ya, killer?
Turk: This is one of my customers, Harry. Now, you leave him be.
Harry Wise: Aww... leave him be? You're putting me off! Hey, is there anybody here wanna let this man dirty up a nice clean place like Turk's?
Tommy Callahan: Are you drunk?
Harry Wise: [laughing] The killer wants to know if I'm ...
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Referenced in The Efficiency Expert (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Thunder Alley
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Sung by The Band Without a Name
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Not embarrassing at all
3 April 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

For someone who never had any technical training as an actress, it never ceases to amaze me how natural Annette Funicello is on screen. She's completely at ease in front of the camera, whether being feisty telling off her dad (Jan Murray), trading barbs with a surly blonde (Diane McBain), getting her face muddy, getting ripped on booze, or being funny and sexy with her leading guy (Fabian), Annette is never stiff or embarrassing. In fact, doing a little warm-up song number with a party band in her living room, she's a very sensual woman. The plot of this B-flick is strictly by-the-numbers, but the stock car racing scenes are better than the ones for Elvis Presley's "Speedway", released a year later. Credit future "Stunt Man" director Richard Rush with the tight pacing. The party-orgy looks like an outtake from a "Beach Party" flick gone awry, but it's a transition picture for the A.I.P. studios--and not a bad one. **1/2 from ****


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