Category Archives: Fireball 500

sleek styling

This high powered sleek styling performance vehicle was featured in American International‘s motion picture “The Fireball 500“ ~ Promotions Inc, 19717 E Nine Mile, St Clair Shores, Michigan. Advertisements

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Leander and Fans

Linda Bent, Salli Sachse and Fabian in George Barris‘ title car of Fireball 500 (1966): Fabian and Frankie Avalon are rival stock car drivers competing for the affections of Annette Funicello. The days of fun in the sand, surfing and … Continue reading

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1966 Plymouth Barracuda

Annette Funicello with the George Barris title car from Fireball 500 (1966): The base of the car was a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda; the signature characteristic was the dual cockpit, and to give the car its luminous shine, four men spent … Continue reading

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Frankie and Sue

Sue Hamilton and Frankie Avalon in Fireball 500 (1966). Born Los Angeles 1940, Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965 (as Sue Williams), five AIP beach movies and three episodes of Gidget between July 1965 and June 1966, final appearance as Sue … Continue reading

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Those sunglasses!

Annette Funicello in Fireball 500 (1965). Stock car racer “Fireball” Dave Owens (Frankie Avalon) arrives at the racing town of Spartanburg, South Carolina, to compete against local champion Leander Fox (Fabian). Dave wins both the first race and the admiration … Continue reading

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New Year 1966

Update here (August 2017). Sue Hamilton: Playboy Playmate of the Month April 1965 as Sue Williams. See Sue Williams / Sue Hamilton Mystery for biographical details and discussion.

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A surfer girl in a wild bikini

Mary Hughes (born Mary Cecilia Hughes, 25 Feb 1944 Hollywood, California; died 13 Dec 2007 Malibu, California) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) surfer girl Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) beach girl Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) pyjama girl Beach Blanket Bingo … Continue reading

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Fireball 500 (1966) half-sheet poster

Fabian slugs Frankie Avalon on this poster, in front of a larger Annette Funicello and a dyed-blonde Julie Parrish.

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Frankie slugs Fabian in ‘Fireball 500’ (1965)

Frankie Avalon and Fabian Forte play rival drivers in American International Pictures‘ stock-car racing comedy-drama, Fireball 500 (1966)

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Frankie and Fabian and dates at the 1959 Academy Awards

Frankie Avalon: married to Kathryn “Kay” Diebel since 19 January 1963, eight children. Fabian Forte: marriages to (1) Kathleen Regan 1966 – 1975, two children; (2) Kate Netter 1980 – 1990; (3) Andrea Patrick since 1998.

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Len Lesser

Len Lesser: born Leonard King Lesser, 3 December 1922 New York City, New York; died 16 February 2011, Burbank California. ‘Uncle Leo’ in Seinfeld (TV 1991-98) First credit: Studio One in Hollywood (TV 1949) ‘Two Sharp Knives’ … How to … Continue reading

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Karla Conway on a surfboard

Karla Conway, born Karla Jo Musacchia, 5 July 1946, Pasadena, California; Playboy’s Miss April 1966; and stock-car racing fan in Fireball 500, released 7 June 1966.

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Karla Conway and Johnny Fain sitting on the beach

Playboy Playmate Karla Conway and professional surfer Johnny Fain in Conway’s April 1966 pictorial, “Malibu Beachnik”. Fain appears in six AIP Beach Party movies but Conway only appears in the AIP stock-car racing movie Fireball 500 (1966).

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Patti Chandler shops for Sheer Magic at Grants

If you dug Patti’s fantastic face and wiggy figure in “Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine“, just watch the action in her wild new movies, “Ghost in the Invisible Bikini” and “Fireball 500.”

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Frankie with the farmer’s daughter

Sue Hamilton and Frankie Avalon in Fireball 500 (1966)

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The Sue Williams / Sue Hamilton mystery

Update here (August 2017). Sue Williams, also known as Sue Hamilton, Playboy Playmate and beach party movie actress, WAS NOT Karen Sue (Levitt) Hamilton, who died by suicide in 1969. Who was the actress who played “Peanuts” in How To … Continue reading

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Fabian

Above: Fabian and Peter Brown in Wild the Ride Surf Fabian (born Fabiano Anthony Forte, 6 February 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). In November 1965, he signed a seven-picture deal with American International Pictures. First acting credit: Hound-Dog Man (20th Century Fox … Continue reading

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Hedy Scott

Hedy Scott (born 24 January 1946 in Jodoigne, Wallonia, Belgium) Playboy Playmate of the Month June 1965 The Munsters (TV 14-Apr-1966) ‘Herman’s Sorority Caper’ – 2nd girl Fireball 500 (07-Jun-1966) Leander fan

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Maria McBane

Maria McBane (born 8 February 1946, Bilbao, Spain, educated in Detroit, Michigan) Fireball 500 (07-Jun-1966) Leander fan

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Karla Conway

Above: Playboy Playmate Karla Conway at the beach with surfer partner John Fain. Karla Conway (born Karla Jo Musacchia, 5 July 1946, Pasadena, California, USA). Fireball 500 (07-Jun-1966) Leander fan Space Thing (20-Sep-1968) Now a retired artist in Hawaii under … Continue reading

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Sue Hamilton

Sue Hamilton (aka Sue Williams) in a publicity photo for The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966). Update here (August 2017). Sue Williams: Playboy Playmate of the Month April 1965; also known as Sue Hamilton. See Sue Williams / Sue … Continue reading

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Jo Collins

Jo Collins (born Janet Canoy 5 Aug 1945, Lebanon Oregon). Playboy Playmate of the Month, December 1964 Ski Party (30-Jun-1965) Jo How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965) beach girl Sergeant Deadhead (18-Aug-1965) Gail Lord Love a Duck (21-Feb-1966) Kitten … Continue reading

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the end of the beach party

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965) Final appearances by Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) and Frankie (Frankie Avalon). Final 1960s film appearance by John Fain Final actor credit for Mickey Dora Sergeant Deadhead (18-Aug-1965) Final appearance by Buster Keaton (died … Continue reading

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Patti Chandler

Patti Chandler (born Patricia Ann Lauderback, 8 December 1943 Culver City, California). Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) beach girl Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) pyjama girl Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) Patti Ski Party (30-Jun-1965) Janet How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965) … Continue reading

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Julie Parrish

Julie Parrish: Ruby Joyce Wilbar, 21 Oct 1940 (Middlesboro, Kentucky) – 1 Oct 2003 (Los Angeles, California). First credit: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV 1962) ‘Strictly for the Birds’ –  Betsy Dolly Martha Trueblood The Nutty Professor (1963) … Continue reading

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Linda Bent

Linda Bent (born Linda Jean Opie, 30 Mar 1939 Los Angeles, California) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) surfer girl – as Linda Opie Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) beach girl Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) pajama girl as Lind Opie Beach … Continue reading

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Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes (born Mary Cecilia Hughes, 25 Feb 1944 Hollywood, California; died 13 Dec 2007 Malibu, California) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) surfer girl Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) beach girl Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) pyjama girl Beach Blanket Bingo … Continue reading

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William Asher

William Asher (born William Milton Asher, 8 Aug 1921 Manhattan, New York; died 16 Jul 2012 Palm Desert, California) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) How to Stuff a Wild … Continue reading

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Ed Garner

Above: Ed Garner and Patti Chandler in a promotional photo for Pajama Party (1964) Ed Garner (born 1944 Los Angeles) Complete credits: Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) surfer – as Eddie Garner Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) surfer boy Bikini Beach … Continue reading

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Luree Holmes

Above: Ski Party, featuring [unknown], Luree Holmes, Frankie Avalon, Salli Sachse Luree Holmes (born Luree Nicholson 24 April 1942) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) as Luree Nicholson Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) Beach … Continue reading

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Harvey Lembeck

Harvey Lembeck (15 Apr 1923 – 5 Jan 1982) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) Julio Rossi The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) Polak Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) How to … Continue reading

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Frankie Avalon

Frankie Avalon (born Francis Thomas Avallone 18 September 1939) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) Socum – guest cameo Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) I’ll Take Sweden (United Artists 18 … Continue reading

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Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello (22 Oct 1942 – 8 April 2013) Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Dolores Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Dee Dee Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Dee Dee Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) Connie Beach Blanket Bingo (14-Apr-1965) Dee Dee The Monkey’s … Continue reading

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Salli Sachse

Salli Sachse: born Sally Irene Rogers, 25 June 1946 Muscle Beach Party (1964) Bikini Beach (1964) Pajama Party (1965) – uncredited Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Ski Party (1965) – Indian (as a name) *has dialogue How to Stuff a Wild … Continue reading

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Mike Nader

Mike Nader (born 19-Feb 1945) Beach Party (1963) – Beach Boy Muscle Beach Party (1964) – Surfer Boy For Those Who Think Young (1964) – College Boy Bikini Beach (1964) – Surfer Pajama Party (1965) – Pajama Boy Beach Blanket … Continue reading

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