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Speedway (1968)

G  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  12 June 1968 (USA)
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Poor bookkeeping saddles stock car driver Steve Grayson with a huge bill for back taxes which hampers his ability to continue racing competitively.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Grayson
Susan Jacks
Kenny Donford
R.W. Hepworth
Abel Esterlake
Victoria Paige Meyerink ...
Ellie Esterlake (as Victoria Meyerink)
Paul Dado
Birdie Kebner
Poncie Ponce ...
Juan Medala
Harry Hickox ...
The Cook
Christopher West ...
Billie Jo
Beverly Powers ...
Mary Ann (as Miss Beverly Hills)
Buddy Baker ...
Cale Yarborough ...


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 <>

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Torrid together...singing...dancing...turning on the romance! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

12 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A todo escape  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)


$3,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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This is the eighth film collaboration between Elvis Presley and director Norman Taurog. See more »


In all the scenes at the hangout, there is a band playing, yet none of the times are any of the guitars plugged in. See more »


Steve Grayson: [Referring to Kenny] If I were a girl, I would let the measles in my apartment before I let him in.
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Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
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Elvis You Can Drive My Car
29 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Typical Elvis movie of the period. A kind hearted stock day driving Elvis is quick on and off the track. This movie is a must see for any modern day NASCAR fan not so much for the action, but for vintage scenes from Charlotte Motor Speedway (now Lowe's Motor Speedway). Note the lap times compared to

The gadgetry in his trailer is classic. Gale Gordon is excellent as a senior IRS investigator. Bill Bixby is hilarious as Elvis' sidekick. Sadly, there really wasn't enough chemistry with Nancy Sinatra.

The film is, of course, safe to view with the whole family with nothing more than some cartoon-like fight scenes. Not Elvis' best effort, but a good, lighthearted enjoyable film.

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