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Thunder Alley (1967)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Rush

Writer:

Sy Salkowitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Funicello ... Francie Madsen
Fabian ... Tommy Callahan
Diane McBain ... Annie Blaine
Warren Berlinger ... Eddie Sands
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Pete Madsen
Stanley Adams ... Mac Lunsford
Michael T. Mikler ... Harry Wise
Maureen Arthur ... Babe
Kip King ... Dom
Michael Bell ... Leroy Johnson
Sandy Reed Sandy Reed ... Racing Announcer Sandy
Sammy Shore Sammy Shore ... Turk
Baynes Barron
Michael Dugan Michael Dugan
Ronnie Dayton Ronnie Dayton
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Drivers See more »

Filming Locations:

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The car driven by Fabian is a 1967 Dodge Thunder Charger built by George Barris. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 off! 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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Connections

Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Calahan's Theme
Written by Mike Curb & Joe Leahy
Performed by The Lorraine Singers
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Rises to the Level of Mediocrity
13 April 2004 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

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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