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Spinout (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 14 December 1966 (USA)
Band singer/race driver Mike McCoy must choose between marrying a beautiful rich girl and driving her father's car in a prestigious race.

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Cast

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Cynthia Foxhugh
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Dodie Marshall ...
Susan
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Les
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Curly
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Lt. Tracy Richards
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Philip Short
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Larry
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Howard Foxhugh
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Bernard Ranley
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Violet Ranley
Frederick Worlock ...
Blodgett (as Frederic Worlock)
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Harry
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Storyline

Mike McCoy is the lead singer for a band combo and part-time racecar driver trying to get by when he is persued by a trio of very different women who want his hand in marriage. The first is Les, the female drummer of his band, The second is Cynthia, a spoiled heiress and Daddy's girl. The third is Diana, a writer of books on men. Written by Anonymous

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It's Elvis with his foot on the gas and no brakes on the fun!!! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

14 December 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Never Say No  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the third and final film where Elvis Presley played a character whose first name was Mike. The first time was in It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) in which his character name was Mike Edwards; the second time was in Fun in Acapulco (1963) released in the same year in which his character name was Mike Windgren. This time his character's name is Mike McCoy. See more »

Quotes

Larry: [as Mike test drives Foxhugh's Fox 5 car on the racetrack] Sure knows how to handle that car!
Les: Well, best driver on any track!
Howard Foxhugh: Yeah, it looks like your plan worked.
Les: Yeah!
Howard Foxhugh: You seem pretty anxious to have Mike drive for me.
Les: Oh, yeah, well the prize money is good.
Larry: You see, Mr. Foxhugh, if we keep him busy driving, he won't have any time for your kid.
[Les kicks Larry in the leg]
Larry: Ow! Hey what did you kick me for?
Howard Foxhugh: Cynthia?
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Connections

References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Stop Look and Listen
(uncredited)
Written by Joy Byers (as Joe Byers)
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley
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SPINOUT (Norman Taurog, 1966) **
27 May 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This wasn't shown in time for the 30th anniversary from Elvis Presley's passing, but it did turn up on TCM UK some time later; still, it took me this long to watch and, as a matter of fact, only opted to check the film out alongside two contemporary vehicles by fellow singers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin – that said, it can't really compare with them!

It's the second of three Presley titles with a racing milieu, though this element isn't as much to the fore here as in the others; conveniently, he doubles as a swooning singer/guitarist with a band – and most of the running-time sees him dodging a couple of marriage proposals from eminent figures in the community! It transpires that even the tomboyish female drummer in his outfit secretly pines for him…but, given the film's jejeune nature, everything is neatly sorted out by the end – as a writer researching The Perfect Male eventually hitches up with Presley's proposed racing employer (played by a U.S. TV stalwart who was completely unknown to me but is a real dead ringer for Darren McGavin!), the latter's young daughter (Shelley Fabares, from the star's earlier vehicle GIRL HAPPY [1965]) realizes she loves her father's goofy secretary after all, and the drummer (who's something of a gourmet) finds a like-minded soulmate in, of all things, a highway policeman! Not that it matters much given their thankless roles but two veteran character actors from Hollywood's Golden Age - Cecil Kellaway and Una Merkel - also appear in this film.

The songs aren't exactly memorable either and, while the film's certainly harmless in itself, it's also not engaging enough to warrant more than a cursory viewing (I, for one, was greatly surprised to learn that it was co-scripted by Theodore J. Flicker – who, soon after, would write and direct the cult political satire THE PRESIDENT'S ANALYST [1967] with James Coburn)…


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