Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"Fireball 500" : Annette Funicello & Frankie Avalon Leave The Beach And Hit The Road.

I remember seeing this at the Drive-In (where else for this kind of movie) and liking it pretty well. I don't think I've seen it since that time. It was good to watch it again, thanks to Now you can enjoy it too, right here at the blog-o-rama.

Directed by William Asher and starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, and Chill Wills, "Fireball 500"  is about stock car racer Dave Owens (Frankie Avalon), who plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris (Annette Funicello) and Sonny Leander Fox (Fabian). Soon Dave and Sonny begin a friendly rivalry for Jane. Chill Wills plays Jane's dad Big Jaw Harris.

Incidentally, for fans of Annette, Walt Disney DVD's is coming out with a collection of episodes featuring the young Mickey Mouse star on November 11.  Preorder and save 8 dollars.  You can click the box above if you want to get straight to the page.fireball500

There is some pretty good stock car footage in this film, and for once Funicello and Avalon aren't chasing after each other on the beach.

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