cast

Julie Parrish, Frankie Avalon, Baynes Barron, Fabian, Annette Funicello, Ed Garner, Harvey Lembeck, Michael Nader, Renie Riano, Chill Wills, Patti Chandler, and Jo Collins. Directed by William Asher.

Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, and FabianFabian, Annette Funicello, and Frankie AvalonFrankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and Fabian

With Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian


Frankie Avalon and FabianJulie Parrish and Frankie Avalon

LEFT: Frankie Avalon as Dave and Fabian as Leander. RIGHT: Julie Parrish and Frankie Avalon

plot synopsis

Although this film has been criticized as "the beach party gang on wheels," it's actually quite a bit more daring than the beach party films. Much more adult in nature than the innocence of Bikini Beach, Fireball 500 features far more sexual situations than all of the beach party films put together.

FabianFrankie Avalon, Fabian, and Annette Funicello

LEFT: Fabian gets the girl in the end. RIGHT: Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Annette Funicello in a promotional tie-in with VOX organs. AIP and VOX also teamed for cross-promotion in The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini

The crux of Fireball 500 hinges upon transporting moonshine whiskey, much like Thunder Road, but with more plot twists. Frankie Avalon portrays "Fireball" Dave Owens, a stock-car racer. He meets Jane (Annette Funicello) and becomes infatuated with her, although she is dating another stock car driver, Leander (Fabian). On the side, Leander runs moonshine whiskey. Dave meets Martha (Julie Parrish), who is in cahoots with racing promoter Charlie Bigg (Harvey Lembeck) in the illegal transport of moonshine. Martha dupes Dave into running moonshine whiskey, telling him that he's running a nighttime cross-country race.

Fireball 500 poster

Fireball 500 reproduction poster. A recent Internet search found an original one-sheet for sale at $100

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fireball 500 trailer

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