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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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Taglines:

Torrid together... singing... dancing... turning on the romance... as they make the speed-scene at the famed furious "Charlotte 600"! 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

Director Norman Taurog had his granddaughter in the film as an extra. See more »

Goofs

Elvis is driving a Dodge Charger but the gear shifter is for a Ford. See more »

Quotes

Kenny Donford: Well, a new track, a new girl. You certainly get the goodies, don't you?
Steve Grayson: It was a chance meeting.
Kenny Donford: Huh?
Steve Grayson: I followed her.
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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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Good Film
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Speedway (1968)

*** (out of 4)

Elvis plays a race car driver with a heart of gold who gives away all of his money to poor people as soon as he wins it. This gets him into trouble with the IRS so they send a woman (Nancy Sinatra) to keep eyes on him but they soon end up falling for one another. I was pleasantly shocked to see how much I enjoyed this thing because there's really nothing overly special about it. What I did like was all the race car stuff and this is coming from someone who hates Nascar and all of that stuff. The races were very well photographed and put you right down into the action. Another added bonus was the relationship between Elvis and a little girl who he helps support. There scenes together were very warm and heartfelt. Sinatra also makes for a good co-star and the two do nice work together and actually make you feel like you're watching a couple. The songs aren't all that memorable and a couple of them get in the way of some pretty good scenes but this is certainly a major step up from some of the other Elvis films I've watched from this period.


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