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Thunder Alley -- A race driver who is suspended after he kills another driver (due to a blackout) joins a demolition derby, regains his confidence and gets a sponsor in time for the race. In HD.


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Release Date:
22 March 1967 (USA) See more »
Days of screaming wheels, nights of reckless pleasure! See more »
Stock car racer Tommy Callahan is forced to join Pete Madsen's thrill circus after his blackouts cause... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Annette Funicello obituary
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Annette Funicello Dies at 70
 (From Variety - TV News. 8 April 2013, 10:14 AM, PDT)

Annette Funicello dies at 70
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Directed by
Richard Rush 
Writing credits
Sy Salkowitz (written by)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
Burt Topper .... producer
Original Music by
Mike Curb 
Davie Allan (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Monroe P. Askins (director of photography) (as Monroe Askins)
Film Editing by
Kenneth G. Crane  (as Kenneth Crane)
Ronald Sinclair 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
Costume Design by
Connie Anderson (uncredited)
Ray Phelps (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Jeanne Bodel .... hair stylist
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (as Gus Norin)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bohrer .... assistant director
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... properties
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
Richard M. Rubin .... properties
Sound Department
Gene Corso .... sound effects
James M. Falkinburg .... sound effects (as James Nelson)
Robert Post .... sound mixer (as Bob Post)
Special Effects by
Joe Zomar .... special effects (as Joe Zoomar)
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... background projection
Ronnie Dayton .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert A. Petzoldt .... lighting gaffer (as Robert Petzoldt)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Bruno .... costumer
Editorial Department
Buzz Feitshans .... assistant film editor
Jerry Irvin .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Al Simms .... music supervisor
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Jack W. Cash .... production associate (as Jack Cash)
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Bonnie Prendergast .... script supervisor
Sandy Reed .... technical advisor
George Barris .... car customizer: Thunder Charger (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan .... choreographer (uncredited)

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90 min | West Germany:88 min
Color (Pathécolor)
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Pete goes to Turk's bar to get Tommy to come back and work for him, he turns to Turk and calls him Pete.See more »
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 drunk. I am sober, mister Callahan, so why don't you...
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Rises to the Level of Mediocrity, 13 April 2004
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

Sure, the story is trite and Warren Berlinger is embarrassingly bad, but "Thunder Alley" manages to be a fairly decent flick. Credit Richard Rush ("The Stunt Man") for getting pretty good performances from Annette Funicello and Fabian. Diane McBain is always good, as is Jan Murray. Maureen Arthur gives the movie a poignant edge as the bubbleheaded "Babe," who can't really grasp the tragedy which has just taken place around her.

The stock racing scenes are pretty good, but never really integrate into the story, due to AIP's unwillingness to match the color and resolution.

Annette does a surprisingly good version of "What's a Girl to Do." Couldn't believe she could really sing. Annette also demonstrate some comedic skills which, sadly, neither AIP or Disney ever really put to full use.

This is one of AIP's better efforts. I saw it on FLIX, which, apparently has the extended version which includes Annette's song.

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