George Lucas' first big box-office smash, from 1973, inspired by the drive-in restaurants and car-cruising culture of his native Modesto, CA, was a touchstone film. It kicked the nostalgia business into high gear, launched the career of Harrison Ford, and helped pave the way for two '50s/'60s-based hit sitcoms with actors from the film (Ron Howard in "Happy Days," Cindy Williams in "Happy Days" spinoff "Laverne & Shirley"). It also made legendary raspy-voiced border-radio DJ Wolfman Jack a household name (and voice). The cast also included a slew of actors who would become familiar names on film and/or TV: Richard Dreyfuss, Mackenzie Phillips, Candy Clark, Paul Le Mat. Charles Martin Smith, Bo Hopkins, Kay Lenz, Joe Spano, Debralee Scott ... and Suzanne Somers as the blonde in the T-Bird.
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