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Fireball 500 (1966)

Unrated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 7 June 1966 (USA)
Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Dave Owens
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Jane Harris
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Sonny Leander
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Big Jaw Harris
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Charlie Bigg
Julie Parrish ...
Martha
Douglas Henderson ...
Agent Hastings (as Doug Henderson)
Baynes Barron ...
Agent Bronson
Sandy Reed ...
The Announcer
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Leander Fan
Salli Sachse ...
Leander Fan
Patti Chandler ...
Leander Fan
Jo Collins ...
Leander Fan
Karla Conway ...
Leander Fan
Maria McBane ...
Leander Fan (as Marie McBane)
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Storyline

Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and Sonny begin a friendly rivalry for Jane. Track action filmed at the Ascot and Saugus Raceways near Los Angeles, local color shot in Charlotte, North Carolina. Written by alfiehitchie

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7 June 1966 (USA)  »

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Bola de Fogo 500  »

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Trivia

Although backgrounds of many scenes include posters for various car races, portions of all ads are masked by black tape, probably to disguise fact that dates and/or locales of events didn't line up with when and where story was actually taking place. See more »

Goofs

Frankie Avalons Moonshine car is a blue 2 door. But when he crashes, the car that is shown upside down after the wreck is a 4 door. See more »

Quotes

Dave: You know it's funny. There you are, laying there like a loser but yet you've got all the chips in front of you. You busted the game Leander.
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Connections

Featured in The Love Bug (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Step Right Up
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Sung by Annette Funicello (uncredited)
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Stockcars and sourmash
18 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

"Beach Party" leads Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and Harvey Lembeck do what they can with C-minus material involving an ace stockcar racer who gets involved with moonshiners; the Internal Revenue wants him to work both sides, but he's more interested in finding out who's thwarting the midnight runs by playing chicken with the drivers. Barely involving 'grown up' effort from American International, not as good as their later stockcar comedy-drama "Thunder Alley", however Avalon and Annette both get to sing (his number, "My Way" is one of the best tunes Avalon ever got in an AIP film). There's a pretty good brawl between Frankie and Harvey Lembeck, but Fabian, as Frankie's nemesis, is under-used, as is Annette. Good photography by Floyd Crosby, cute opening Claymation segment by Clokey Films, but the story is so muddled we never know where we stand with these one-dimensional characters. *1/2 from ****


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