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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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Taglines:

Torrid together... singing... dancing... turning on the romance... as they make the speed-scene at the famed furious "Charlotte 600"! 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)

Gross USA:

$4,360,000
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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 was Nancy Sinatra's final film role. 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

Dumb Blonde: [laughing] That tickles! Silly!
Kenny Donford: Oh, yes, but everything is perfect. The night, the mood and the girl. Oh, what a girl!
Dumb Blonde: Oh, gee!
Kenny Donford: Especially, the girl! She's moonlight and she's - she's - she's quicksilver and she's radiant and she's lovely and, most of all, she's desirable!
Dumb Blonde: I think I better go. It's getting late.
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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

Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby
(uncredited)
Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Great Elvis Movie
28 January 2011 | by tdk72See all my reviews

Strengths: Elvis Presley and Bill Bixby turn in stellar performances.

Weaknesses: Script and Nancy Sinatra My thoughts: Elvis is magical on the screen as always and I thought Bixby turned in a great performance too. I was only put off by the lousy acting of Nancy Sinatra who seemed annoyed with even being in the film if you ask me. The script was not the best and thus the movie was a little quirky without a clear plot. It does seem as though the whole movie was centered around throwing a few big names in the pot with an average script and expecting phenomenal results. No matter as the movie is easily carried by Elvis. he is as charismatic as ever and even with the lousy script turns the movie into an entertaining venue. You just have to love Elvis to enjoy the movie and fans everywhere will. I recently watched this movie again from my library and was thoroughly entertained.


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