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Speedway (1968)

Poor bookkeeping saddles stock car driver Steve Grayson with a huge bill for back taxes which hampers his ability to continue racing competitively.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writer:

Phil Shuken (as Phillip Shuken)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Steve Grayson
Nancy Sinatra ... Susan Jacks
Bill Bixby ... Kenny Donford
Gale Gordon ... R.W. Hepworth
William Schallert ... Abel Esterlake
Victoria Paige Meyerink ... Ellie Esterlake (as Victoria Meyerink)
Ross Hagen ... Paul Dado
Carl Ballantine ... Birdie Kebner
Poncie Ponce Poncie Ponce ... Juan Medala
Harry Hickox ... The Cook
Christopher West Christopher West ... Billie Jo
Beverly Powers Beverly Powers ... Mary Ann Ashmond (as Miss Beverly Hills)
Richard Petty ... Richard Petty
Buddy Baker Buddy Baker ... Buddy Baker
Cale Yarborough ... Cale Yarborough
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Storyline

Elvis Presley sings his way around the race circuit as successful speedway driver Steve Grayson. All is fine and dandy until the tax return submitted by a wise-cracking Bill Bixby (as Steve's manager) is scrutinised by the IRS. Will Elvis be able to raise the $145,000 to pay his tax bill? Will he succeed with his advances to IRS inspector Nancy Sinatra? Will the songs get any worse? Well, you didn't expect the likes of Hamlet did you? Written by Paul Batey <pbatey@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au>

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Smooth, fast and in high gear! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1968 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Pot Luck See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the last of three Elvis Presley films in which his character is a race car driver. The first time was in Viva Las Vegas (1964) and the second was in Spinout (1966). See more »

Goofs

When Elvis first parks his red car near the trailer, the car is only up to the grass line and you can't even see it in the next scene when he opens the trailer door and enters. However upon leaving the trailer, you see the red car as he exits and it is now completely on the grass, right next to the trailer. See more »

Quotes

Steve Grayson: [singing] Oh baby, I'm gonna teach you what love's all about tonight, Trust me honey everything's gonna be all right, Just do like I do there ain't nothing to it, Listen to me baby anybody can do it, All you gotta do is just - let yourself go...
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Alternate Versions

Some Southeast Asian prints of this film include 3 songs cut from the American print: "Western Union", "Five Sleepy Heads" and "Suppose." See more »

Connections

Featured in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Yourself Go
(uncredited)
Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Stock car driver almost outruns the IRS!
27 November 1999 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Elvis Presley plays a race car driver that gives away money as quick as he wins it. His manager played by Bill Bixby loses race winnings by making bad bets on the ponies. Elvis now owes back taxes to the IRS and agent Nancy Sinatra is sent to collect or make arrangement for payment. The Charlotte 500 speed race is the answer to the problem. Win the race and win the girl. William Schallart and Carl Ballantine are also featured. Below par soundtrack does feature the gems "Let Yourself Go" and "Speedway". Even Miss Sinatra sings, regrettably. Sparks do fly on and off the screen between the racer and tax lady. Interesting, but no great shakes.


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