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

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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 »

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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 on! 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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Thunder Alley (End Theme)
Music by Jerry Styner, Lyrics by Guy Hemric
Performed by 'Davie Allan' And The Arrows (as The Sidewalk Sounds)
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Stock Cars And Babes
24 February 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Thunder Alley finds Fabian banned from NASCAR tracks after causing the death of another driver. Stanley Adams might want to put him on his team of racers, but the other drivers aren't for having him around.

Desperate for employment Fabian hooks up with an auto stunt show owner Jan Murray who's paying him peanuts and trying to capitalize on Fabian's bad rep. He's got to take it, but Annette Funicello who's Murray's daughter provides another reason to stick around.

The rest of the film is Fabian's struggle to get back to the NASCAR circuit while at the same time juggling both Annette and his current girl friend Diane McBain. Personally, I would have taken McBain, she has it all over Annette.

Thunder Alley is helped by location shooting at the southern NASCAR tracks and good film footage of NASCAR racing. Not helped by a rather silly story which delves into the real reason for Fabian's problems and his rather unrealistic recovery from same.

Still fans of NASCAR might go for this.


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