Thunder Alley

Thunder Alley Information

Thunder Alley is a 1967 film about auto racing, directed by Richard Rush and starring Annette Funicello and Fabian. It was released by American International Pictures.


A race car driver, Tommy Callahan, retires after a blackout causes the death of another driver on the motorway. After the accident, he begins working at a Pete Madsen's "Thrill Circus" as a stunt driver. There he meets the proprietor's daughter, Francie, who also drives there, and her boyfriend Eddie Sands.

Bored by his new job, Tommy begins training Eddie to be a professional. Eddie picks it up quickly, winning his first race. This leads to Tommy's gold-digging ex-girlfriend Annie Blaine scheming to steal the hot young driver away from Francie.

Despite their quarreling, plus Francie's concern over his previous blackouts, she and Tommy are paired up during a 500-mile race. On the track, Tommy feels another blackout coming on, but manages to hang on. He comes to realize that the fainting spells are a psychological reaction to a childhood trauma.

Francie goads ex-fiance Eddie into reckless maneuvers on the track, causing him to crash. Tommy wins the race, and her as well.

Principal cast

Actor Role
Annette Funicello Francie Madsen
Fabian Tommy Callahan
Diane McBain Annie Blaine
Warren Berlinger Eddie Sands
Jan Murray Pete Madsen
Stanley Adams Mac Lunsford


The film was originally known as Malibu 500 and Rebel 500. Filming began on 1 November 1966.


Contemporary reviews were mediocre.


The film features the song "When You Get What You Want" by Guy Hemric and Jerry Styner, performed by Annette Funicello. The duo also wrote the title song "Thunder Alley", performed by The Band Without a Name. The song "Riot in Thunder Alley", by Eddie Beram, from the film also appears in the film and soundtrack album for Death Proof.

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