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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.

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Cast

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Kenny Donford
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R.W. Hepworth
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Abel Esterlake
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Ellie Esterlake (as Victoria Meyerink)
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Paul Dado
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Birdie Kebner
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Juan Medala
Harry Hickox ...
The Cook
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Billie Jo
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Mary Ann Ashmond (as Miss Beverly Hills)
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Richard Petty
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Buddy Baker
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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 »

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Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

15 April 1968 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A todo escape  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Script originally offered to Sonny Bono and Cher. 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: [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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Soundtracks

Who Are You, Who Am I
(uncredited)
Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Auditing The King
10 January 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Speedway finds Elvis Presley cast as a stock car driver and some of the big names of that sport in 1968 make an appearance in the film. He also gets to co-star with Nancy Sinatra, daughter of another singing icon of the previous generation. They make some nice music together although none of the songs from this score really became hits.

Who could blame Elvis and his friend and manager Bill Bixby for thinking Nancy was just another NASCAR groupie hanging around the track as she does. But Nancy's on a mission, she works for the IRS and Bill Bixby as Elvis's manager has filed a most creative return.

Gale Gordon has never seen one like it and of course Presley and Bixby get called in for an audit. To satisfy Uncle Sam, Gordon appoints Nancy as his new financial manager. But Elvis has other creditors thanks to Bixby. Bill's got that old addiction to slow horses and fast women. If I had been the King I'd have kicked Bixby's arse around the Daytona track three times for good measure. Personally I think Elvis showed great restraint in not strangling him.

Racing fans will certainly love this film and in that group, I'm sure the King has a loyal following. But for me, I have to say I've never seen done in any film a song tribute to the Internal Revenue Service. While waiting to be audited, Elvis, Bixby and the rest of the people in the waiting room sing He's Your Uncle And Not Your Dad about the great privilege it is to pay taxes here in the USA. Of course once Elvis and Bixby are through with Gordon, they're singing a different tune. The number was like something out How To Succeed In Business

Speedway is a pleasant enough film and Elvis's still loyal legion of fans should like it.


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