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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 »


William Asher




Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Douglas Henderson ... Agent Hastings (as Doug Henderson)
Baynes Barron ... Agent Bronson
Sandy Reed Sandy Reed ... The Announcer
Mary Hughes ... Leander Fan
Salli Sachse ... Leander Fan
Patti Chandler ... Leander Fan
Jo Collins ... Leander Fan
Karla Conway Karla Conway ... Leander Fan
Maria McBane Maria McBane ... Leander Fan (as Marie McBane)


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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They'll take a curve...ANY curve. See more »


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


When the driver that gets killed leaves the shop, in close shots and as he drives off the road he's driving a 57 Chevy. In the long shot of him turning off the dirt road he's driving a 55 Chevy See more »


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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A Chance Like That
by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner
Sung by Frankie Avalon (uncredited)
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Stockcars and sourmash
18 September 2005 | by moonspinner55See 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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Release Date:

7 June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fireball 500 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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