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Speedway (1968)

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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.

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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HEAR ELVIS SING his greatest new songs on the RCA VICTOR soundtrack album See more »

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Racing sequences were filmed with 10 cameras. 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

Susan Jacks: [on the phone] First place again. He's a real hot dog!
R.W. Hepworth: Hot dog? What does that mean?
Susan Jacks: Oh, just a little race talk I picked up.
R.W. Hepworth: Well, you're not there to pick up - whatever it is you're picking up.
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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 Saturday Night Live: Buck Henry/Bette Midler (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

There Ain't Nothing Like a Song
(uncredited)
Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra
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Bring your groovy selves on home and let yourselves go!
23 October 2002 | by johnnymacfoxSee all my reviews

Everything about "Speedway" is as groovy as Elvis always performs. I just love the way Nancy Sinatra performed the song "Your Groovy Self" and the way she moved around as she sang. Nancy's really hot! Bill Bixby was quite hilarious. Elvis' song "Let Yourself Go" is super cool. The scene where Elvis sang "Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby" to the little girl was kind of cute. And the sounds of those roaring engines in the race were very much electrifying. Some of the plots really did show off Elvis' real-life self as the generous and giving person he was. He buys for a friend and his 5 little girls a brand new station wagon, also helps out a troubled waitress with her upcoming wedding. Unfortunately Bixby's character messes everything up for Steve Grayson (Elvis), by betting Steve's money on the horses, instead of paying for those things Elvis bought for his friends, and besides makes an outrageous tax claim form for Steve, with deductions such as perfumed record albums and $4000 for air? Oh yes! Lucille Ball's "Mr. Mooney" was kinda funny too and was excellent for the role of the head IRS agent R.W. Hepworth. When I first saw this movie in the theater I cracked up at the "He's Your Uncle, Not Your Dad!" sequence. It was funny it was cool. Just everything about "Speedway" is superbly exciting. But what else could you expect out of a movie that stars the king of rock and roll! And lets not forget Nancy Sinatra who is more than just the icing on that cake. It's not everyday you see such a gorgeous tax collector. I give this film a perfect A+. It's just loaded with the stuff! "Speedway" is an honest to goodness must see.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1968 (Venezuela) See more »

Also Known As:

Pot Luck See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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