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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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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:

$3,000,000
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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 is the first racing film to give opening credits to actual NASCAR drivers. See more »

Goofs

Elvis is driving a Dodge Charger but the gear shifter is for a Ford. See more »

Quotes

Kenny Donford: [Referring to Steve] If I were a girl, I would let the measles in my apartment before I let him in.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

He's Your Uncle, Not Your Dad
(uncredited)
Written by Mel Glazer & Stephen Schlaks
Performed by Elvis Presley and cast
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Elvis You Can Drive My Car
29 July 2007 | by Retroman40See all my reviews

Typical Elvis movie of the period. A kind hearted stock day driving Elvis is quick on and off the track. This movie is a must see for any modern day NASCAR fan not so much for the action, but for vintage scenes from Charlotte Motor Speedway (now Lowe's Motor Speedway). Note the lap times compared to today...wow.

The gadgetry in his trailer is classic. Gale Gordon is excellent as a senior IRS investigator. Bill Bixby is hilarious as Elvis' sidekick. Sadly, there really wasn't enough chemistry with Nancy Sinatra.

The film is, of course, safe to view with the whole family with nothing more than some cartoon-like fight scenes. Not Elvis' best effort, but a good, lighthearted enjoyable film.


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