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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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Smooth, fast and in high gear! 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

This is the first racing film to give opening credits to actual NASCAR drivers. 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

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

Referenced in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Yourself Go
(uncredited)
Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Speedway (1968) **
15 August 2004 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

SPEEDWAY is just another in the long line of '60s Elvis vehicles, and kind of lightweight at that. It takes awhile to go anywhere, but not that you go into these flicks expecting high art or anything. Presley is a kind-hearted race car driver who gets an unwelcome visit from tax investigator Nancy Sinatra, looking to nail him for unpaid dollars he's earned while racing around the track. Gale Gordon (Lucy's Mr. Mooney himself) is on hand as her no-nonsense boss. Elvis was actually pretty good at comedy, and he shares some funny moments with Bill Bixby, who plays his conniving manager/buddy. Two good songs this go-round are "Let Yourself Go" (sung by The King) and Nancy Sinatra's sexy rendition of "Your Groovy Self". ** out of ****


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