Fireball 500/Thunder Alley [DVD]

This double-feature DVD from MGM Home Entertainment will get your motor running with a pair of classic '60s auto-racing flicks. Fireball 500 stars Frankie Avalon as a big-time driver who finds love and some stiff competition in a small town. Meanwhile, in Thunder Alley, Annette Funicello and Fabian find themselves in a battle of the sexes both on the racetrack and off. Both films are presented in widescreen with mono soundtracks and feature subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
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Special Features

  • Closed Captioned


Fireball 500
In this musical aimed at teenagers, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian battle it out for Annette Funicello's affections on the stock car track. The tale begins when smugglers trick Avalon into taking on contraband during a cross-country race. He catches on to their ploy and helps the Feds capture the crooks. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Thunder Alley
The fast-paced world of stock-car racing provides the backdrop for this drama that centers upon a driver who is forced to retire after a blackout causes the death of another driver. He then begins working at a "Thrill Circus" as a stunt driver. There he meets the proprietor's daughter, who also drives there, and her lover. The professional driver is bored by his new job and so begins training the girl's beau to be a professional. The training is good and the young man wins his first race. This causes the banished driver's gold-digging ex-girl friend to try to steal the hot young driver away from the daughter which creates some problems between the younger and the older drivers. They reconcile when they are paired up during a crucial 500-mile race. In the midst of the race, the older pro feels another blackout coming on. By the end of the film, he realizes that the fainting spells are a psychological reaction to a childhood trauma. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Frankie Avalon
    Frankie Avalon - Dave
  • Annette Funicello
    Annette Funicello - Jane
  • Fabian
    Fabian - Leander
  • Chill Wills
    Chill Wills - Big Jaw
  • Harvey Lembeck
    Harvey Lembeck - Charlie Bigg
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