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Speedway (1968)

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

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Comedy | Musical

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12 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A todo escape  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Petula Clark was the first choice for the female lead but she turned it down. Annette Funicello was also briefly considered. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mary Ann: [Referring to Kenny] You mean you let him take care of your money?
Steve Grayson: Why not? I like to live dangerously.
Mary Ann: Does that go for girls too?
Steve Grayson: That goes for everything?
Mary Ann: Honey, I'm going to leave the driving to you.
[They kiss]
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Referenced in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Home
(uncredited)
Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Entertaining and light
29 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy Elvis movies as they are just sheer entertainment and you can switch off and enjoy rather than having to think about everyone's motivation...!! Speedway is a good 'romp' - that's the word that comes to mind for me when I think of the movie. I don't' think it's in the same league as Blue Hawaii or Fun in Acapulco though.

Worth seeing 'Let Yourself Go' the number at the beginning!

I find it a struggle seeing films with cutesy kids in it and this has it's share but, again, not so bad that I would say to give the film a miss.

Being honest, I'm glad I've seen it for completism but whether it will hold in my memory a month from now is another matter!!


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