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Elvis Presley Movies


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Playing a singing race-car driver once again, Elvis Presley stars as dashing Mike McCoy in Spinout. Mike fronts a popular singing group, and he is also the defending champion on the racing circuit.

Fast cars are not nearly as dangerous for Mike as beautiful women, all of whom want to race him down the aisle to marriage. Les, played by perky Deborah Walley, works as the drummer in Mike’s band, and she is extremely jealous of his attention toward other women. Also vying for Mike’s affection is sophisticated Cynthia Foxhugh, played by Shelley Fabares, who is the daughter of wealthy auto magnate Howard Foxhugh. Finally, representing the intellectual type is writer Diana St. Clair, played by Diane McBain, who falls in love with Mike while finishing her book The Perfect American Male.

In an ending that seems to mock Elvis films in general, Mike does not end up marrying any of these women. Instead, he succeeds in wedding them to friends and associates, while he remains free to begin a new romance.

Behind the Scenes of Spinout

The story of how Spinout came to be proves that Elvis’ movies were perceived by Hollywood as lightweight vehicles that could be churned out cheaply and quickly. The scriptwriters for Spinout, George Kirgo and Theodore Flicker, had originally been commissioned to write a script for Sonny and Cher. Shortly thereafter, they received a call from MGM to write something for Elvis instead.

They quickly finished the script and showed it to the Colonel, who declared that he loved it. Just one thing, though. Could they put a dog in it? Kirgo and Flicker accommodated the Colonel, only to be summoned by the producers a few days later. Could they put a race car in it? Again, they obliged, though it changed the focus of their original idea, which had been to do a romantic farce. Their title for the film -- After Midnight -- was quickly dumped by MGM in favor of Never Say No, and then Never Say Yes. Finally, Kirgo suggested Spinout, which was the discarded title of another script he had written earlier.

Cast of Spinout
Mike McCoy
Elvis Presley
Cynthia Foxhugh Shelley Fabares
Diana St. ClairDiane McBain
Deborah Walley
SusanDodie Marshall
Jack Mullaney
Lt. Tracy Richards
Will Hutchins
Philip Shore
Warren Berlinger
Jimmy Hawkins
Howard FoxhughCarl Betz
Bernard RanleyCecil Kellaway
Violet Ranley
Una Merkel
Frederic Worlock
Dave Barry
Race Announcer
Jay Jasin
Shorty Bloomquist
James McHale
Shorty's Pit Crew
Red West and Joe Esposito

Songs Featured in Spinout

  • Spinout
  • Stop, Look, and Listen
  • Adam and Evil
  • All That I Am
  • Never Say Yes
  • Am I Ready
  • Beach Shack
  • Smorgasbord
  • I’ll Be Back

Credits for Spinout

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Produced by Joe Pasternak
  • Directed by Norman Taurog
  • Screenplay by George Kirgo and Theodore Flicker
  • Photographed in Metrocolor by Daniel L. Fapp
  • Music by George Stoll
  • Vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires
  • Released November 23, 1966

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