Wednesday 23rd November 1966
‘Spinout’, Elvis Presley’s 22nd film, premiered in Los Angeles, California. In the musical film, Elvis plays a rock-&-roll singing race-car driver, Mike McCoy who leads a carefree life on America’s highways, traveling the country with his racing crew/back-up band. Along the way, McCoy becomes romantically entangled with three young women who attempt, to no avail, to get the racer to settle down. Actress Shelley Fabares who starred as Elvis’s romantic interest in two other Presley vehicles plays one of the three women, Cynthia Foxhugh. The MGM film, directed by Norman Taurog, was advertised with the tagline: “It’s Elvis with his foot on the gas and no brakes on the fun,” and was another box-office success and critical disaster for the pop music icon.