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Writers:
William Asher (written by) and
Leo Townsend (written by)
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Release Date:
7 June 1966 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They're Running Hot! See more »
Plot:
Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Annette Funicello obituary
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Annette Funicello Dies at 70
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Annette Funicello dies at 70
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Moonshine and NASCAR!!! See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Frankie Avalon ... Dave Owens

Annette Funicello ... Jane Harris

Fabian ... Sonny Leander

Chill Wills ... Big Jaw Harris

Harvey Lembeck ... Charlie Bigg
Julie Parrish ... Martha
Douglas Henderson ... Agent Hastings (as Doug Henderson)
Baynes Barron ... Agent Bronson
Sandy Reed ... The Announcer

Mary Hughes ... 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)
Hedy Scott ... Leander Fan

Linda Bent ... Leander Fan

Len Lesser ... Man in Garage
Luree Holmes ... Race Girl
Renie Riano ... Marthy (as Renee Riano)
Sue Hamilton ... Farmer's Daughter
R.L. Armstrong ... Herman's Friend (as Tex Armstrong)
Jason Johnson ... Herman
Paul Napier
Michael Nader ... Joey (as Mike Nader)
Billy Beck ... Jobber
Ed Garner ... The Farmer
Eddie Gray
Carol Byron
Bill Putney

Vin Scully ... The Narrator (voice)
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Bobby Brack ... Race Driver (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Asher 
 
Writing credits
William Asher (written by) and
Leo Townsend (written by)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Gene McCabe .... associate producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
Burt Topper .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fred R. Feitshans Jr.  (as Fred Feitshans)
Eve Newman 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Ray Forman .... hair stylist (as Ray Foreman)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dale Hutchinson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... properties
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
Richard M. Rubin .... properties
 
Sound Department
Don Rush .... sound mixer
Gene Corso .... sound effects (uncredited)
James Nelson .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Frank DeMarco .... special effects
 
Stunts
Ronnie Dayton .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques R. Marquette .... process photographer (as Jacques Marquette)
Jack Beckett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... electrician (uncredited)
John Monte .... still photographer (uncredited)
Fred C. Pearce .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Guy Hemric .... additional songs
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Al Simms .... musical supervisor
Jerry Styner .... additional songs
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Jack W. Cash .... assistant to producer (as Jack Cash)
Charles Murray .... technical advisor
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Christopher Riordan .... choreographer (as Ronnie Riordan)
George Barris .... car customizer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
92 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The "Fireball 500" is a heavily customized 1966 Plymouth Barracuda, with a relatively-bland 273 V-8 engine.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the Daytona race both drivers swerve around crashed 50s cars. But the main race shots were filmed in the mid 60s with no older cars in any footage. Then Fabians car which was a mid 60s blue and white Plymouth becomes an early 60s car in monotone blue as he crashes over the guardrail.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Love Bug (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
Country CarnivalSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Moonshine and NASCAR!!!, 22 February 2006
Author: Tomlonso from Kalamazoo MI

This is a fairly innocuous little movie. No one rented tuxes for the 1967 Oscars for this one, but then no one is paying large sums of money to suppress it, either. It feels like a "Perry Mason" or "Route 66" TV episode.

For vintage erotica fans, there is a (mostly) accurate portrayal of the "Girlie Shows" that were once carnival staples. Fabian's character, Leander, has a group of young women following him around (Four of them period Playboy Playmates) and there is a seductive (slightly) older widow. The sex and romance is far from explicit (welcome in a movie with Chill Wills in it!) and is generally hinted at with meaningful glances.

For NASCAR fans there are some pretty good scenes of stock car racing 40 years ago, including some of the Daytona 500. Drivers that year apparently were racing for a $85,000 purse. (2006: $18 million).

It's well worth a rental. I bought mine as a two-sided DVD with "Thunder Alley" for under $15, and I feel the money was well-spent.

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