Elvis Presley's seventh film was the first of his "Hawaii trilogy" (a group completed by Girls! Girls! Girls! and Paradise, Hawaiian Style). While its story is daft--the King has just been released from his army-posting in Italy and returned to the islands, where he's trying to avoid working in his father's fruit business--the music, including "Blue Hawaii," "Almost Always True" and the beautiful "Can't Help Falling in Love", is not. Angela Lansbury plays Elvis's mother, who can't seem to get through to him. The film is directed by Elvis's frequent collaborator, Norman Taurog. --Tom Keogh
Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki s new film takes the King s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, among many others.
The public Elvis is well known but the private Elvis remains a mystery. Elvis By The Presleys changes that. Fans are granted an unprecedented understanding of the Presley family with unhindered access into the archives of the Elvis Presley estate coupled with extensive interviews with both Priscilla and Lisa Marie plus rare performance footage of the King at his best. Over four and a half hours of footage make the DVD Elvis By The Presleys arguably the most revealing and poignant video portrait we will ever see of the artist as husband father and friend.
In one of his best-loved films Elvis stars as Vince Everett a small-time convict introduced to the music business by his cellmate a former country music singer who also teaches Vince the guitar. On his release Vince tastes success as a performer but becomes disillusioned by the record industry until he is advised to set up his own label. He is a sensation but now that he is a superstar will he forget the people who helped to get him there?
A case of mistaken identity has Elvis and a beautiful girl enmeshed in a smuggler's plot and an attempted murder in Europe.
A collection of seven films starring Elvis Presley. Elvis made his acting debut in Love Me Tender (1956), starring as a young Texan farmer who, upon hearing of his older brother (Richard Egan)'s death in the Civil War, marries his sweetheart (Debra Paget). When the older brother returns from the war alive and well, a bitter feud between the siblings begins. In Flaming Star (1960), Presley plays the son of a white rancher (John McIntire) and a Kiowa Indian (Dolores del Rio) who finds himself caught between the settlers and the Kiowas when his mother's people go on the warpath. Attempting to act as peacemaker, he only becomes embroiled in the violence. In Wild in the Country (1961), country delinquent Glenn Tyler (Presley) is paroled into his uncle's care on the condition that he pays weekly visits to widowed psychiatrist Irene Sperry (Hope Lange). She discovers that Glenn is a talented writer and encourages him to attend college. Meanwhile, Glenn is simultaneously dating the pushy Noreen (Tuesday Weld) and the more reserved Betty Lee Parsons (Millie Perkins). In Follow That Dream (1961), Toby Kwimper (Presley) and his wandering family set up home in Florida but find themselves menaced by local hoods. Toby also has to escape the advances of a tenacious social worker, who has more on her mind than just his health and welfare. In Kid Galahad (1962), a remake of the 1937 feature film, Walter Gulick (Presley) is a garage mechanic who is inadvertently drawn into the world of professional boxing. He has to free himself from the clutches of a gambler (Gig Young) who is attempting to manipulate him. In 'Frankie and Johnny' (1966), Frankie (Donna Douglas) is a riverboat entertainer who despairs of her gambling singing partner Johnny (Presley) but is too much in love with him to end their relationship. Finally, in Clambake (1967), Scott Heywood (Presley), an heir to millions, switches places with a ski instructor to learn about everyday life and competes with a wealthy playboy (Bill Bixby) to attract a beautiful co-ed (Shelley Fabares).
After Elvis Presley got out of the army in 1960, he was instantly ushered into G.I. Blues, a Paramount movie about an Oklahoma singer who (surprise) gets out of the army and wants to open a club. Making a potentially lucrative bet that he can seduce a cabaret singer (Juliet Prowse), Elvis instead falls in love. Leaving behind his rockabilly roots for a slicker image better suited to early 60s pop, the Elvis of this movie is the one who made almost 30 more just like it. The songs include "G.I. Blues", "It's Not Good Enough for You," "Tonight Is So Right for Love" and "Wooden Heart". It's directed by Norman Taurog, a studio veteran who made his first film in 1928 and worked many times with Presley. --Tom Keogh
In his film debut singing idol Elvis Presley stars in this action-filled romance set in the aftermath of the Civil War. After hearing his older brother (Richard Egan) has been killed in combat a young Texas farmer (Presley) marries the man's sweetheart (Debra Paget). But his brother returns sparking a bitter sibling rivalry and tragic confrontations with Union soldiers... Featuring four Presley hits on the film's soundtrack including the title track.
Titles Comprise: G.I. Blues: The year was 1960. A payola scandal shocks the music world. Movie fans are introduced to glorious Smell-O-Vision. The 50-star flag is adopted. And in G.I. Blues Elvis adopts an on-screen persona he knows well in real life - a singin' G.I. in West Germany. Eager to open a stateside nightclub after his hitch in khakis he takes part in a wager to raise the dough he needs. The bet: he can melt the heart of a willowy dancer (Juliet Prowse). But all bets may be off when real love intervenes... King Creole: The year was 1958. Everybody's dating at the drive-in. America launches its first satellite. The novel 'Lolita' stirs up controversy. And Elvis Presley gives Bourbon Street a new beat in King Creole. He plays a troubled youth whose singing sets the French Quarter rockin'. With a sweet girl to love him and nightclubbers cheering it looks like Elvis will shake off his past and head for the top. But will a mobster (Walter Matthau) and his man-trap moll (Carolyn Jones) snare him in a life of crime? Blue Hawaii: The year was 1961. Fallout shelters dot surburban backyards. Ken joins Barbie. Roger Maris slugs 61 home runs. And Elvis Presley is in paradise playing an ex-G.I. who comes home to Blue Hawaii. His mother (Angela Lansbury) expects him to climb the corporate ladder. But Elvis would rather wear an aloha shirt than a white collar so he goes to work as a tour guide. Lucky Elvis: his first customers are a carfull of cuties. Elvis lovely scenery lovelier girls and rock-a-hula songs - now that's paradise!
Young gallant Walter Gulick (Elvis) is a knockout both in and out of the ring. But when a shrewd gambler (Gig Young) attempts to use the young knight as his pawn it's up to Walter to show him what winning is all about. This one-two punch of a movie features six Elvis songs including: 'King Of The Whole Wide World' 'I Got Lucky' and 'This Is Living'.
In the years following the Civil War, Western Texas has become an uneasy meeting ground of two cultures; one white, the other Native American. Elvis stars as Pacer Burton, the son of a white rancher andihis beautiful Kiowan wife (Dolores Del Rio). When fighting breaks out between the settlers and natives, despite his peacemaking efforts, Pacer is pulled into the deadly violence.
This 1987 documentary is distinguished by both its smart narrative premise and wonderful performance footage of Elvis Presley at the dawn of his remarkable career. With the King's melodramatic life already a familiar subject for film and print biographies, producer-directors Alan and Susan Raymond instead shaped this hour-long profile around the year that saw the charismatic Memphis singer's eruption as a pop sensation. By taking that selective path, and focusing tightly on Presley's crucial transition to a major record deal, national media exposure and the first decisive steps in his subsequent movie career, Elvis '56 achieves a unique cohesion while legitimately celebrating a remarkable period of growth.With the Band's Levon Helm narrating in his salty Arkansas drawl, the story effectively conveys Elvis' Southern perspective, while evocative use of Alfred Wertheimer's celebrated black-and-white still portraits sustains a visual style carrying over to the programme's real high points: early stage and television appearances by Presley and his original trio, later augmented into a quartet. Among the highlights are historic slots on Milton Berle's and Steve Allen's variety shows: we see the joyous physicality that made the Berle performance a topic of outrage (and, of course, a swoon-worthy moment for female fans), as well as Allen's glib solution to censors' worries, forcing a static, tail-coated Presley to sing "Hound Dog" to a basset hound. --Sam Sutherland
Elvis: '68 Comeback Special shows how, isolated from his original audience after a long sojourn on Hollywood soundstages, and threatened by the vibrancy and social gravity of rock, the King sought to reclaim his throne. This was filmed five years before he achieved broadcast history with his legendary 1973 global satellite telecast, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, but more than three decades later, it's Comeback Special that looms as the Memphis icon's most substantial achievement as a stage performer. If the candy-coloured sets and hyperactive choreography of its larger production numbers smack of its network packagers' desperation to be hip, Elvis himself rises to a riveting, assured performance at the peak of his powers. Looking fit and relaxed, and sheathed in black leather, Elvis covers a shrewd song list encompassing early rockabilly hits, gospel (rendered unintentionally hilarious by its florid dance routines) and comparatively restrained ballads. Standout performances include two intimate stage sets that put him literally within his fans' reach, most strikingly in a brief reunion with four of his earliest bandmates (including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana). The latter segment is only a brief sample of a session posthumously released on video as One Night with You, which is, if anything, even better than this terrific portrait of a towering American artist. --Sam Sutherland
In his film debut, singing idol Elvis Presley stars in this action filled romance set in the aftermath of the Civil War. After hearing his older brother (Richard Egan) has been killed in combat, a young Texas farmer (Presley) marries the man's sweetheart (Debra Paget). But his brother returns, sparking a bitter sibling rivalry and tragic confrontations with Union soldiers...Featuring four Presley hits on the film's soundtrack, including the title track.
In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of his death Elvis Lives - The 25th Anniversary Concert From Memphis was staged at the Pyramid Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee. The monumental occasion took place on 16th August 2002 and reunited the original TBC band back-up singers & their musical director. The DVD of this remarkable event contains 27 classic Elvis tracks and 30 minutes of bonus material including footage of previous concerts such as the 1973 TV special ""Aloha From Hawaii"" which was watched by more than 1 billion people. Tracklist: 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra 2. C. C. Rider 3. Burning Love 4. Welcome To My World 5. I Can't Stop Loving You 6. Steam Roller 7. Cast Intros 8. Johnny B. Goode 9. You Gave Me A Mountain 10. Imperials Introduction 11. That's All Right 12. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 13. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 14. Just Pretend 15. Are You Lonesome Tonight? 16. Walk A Mile In My Shoes 17. In The Ghetto 18. Polk Salad Annie 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water 20. The Wonder Of You 21. Suspicious Minds 22. I'll Remember You 23. A Big Hunk O' Love 24. My Way 25. How Great Thou Art 26. If I Can Dream 27. American Trilogy 28. Can't Help Falling In Love
Tracklist: 1. Intro 2. Twenty Flight Rock 3. Somethin' Else 4. C'Mon Everybody 5. Teenage Heaven 6. Have I Told You Lately 7. Don't Blame It On Me 8. Summertime Blues 9. School Days 10. Be Honest With Me 11. Money Honey 12. Cotton Picker Eddie's Friends: 13. Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee And The Starliters 14. Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis 15. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry 16. Matchbox - Carl Perkins 17. Shake Rattle And Roll - Elvis Presley 18. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino 19. Medley (Road Runner Hey Bo Diddley) - Bod Diddley 20. High Blood Pressure - Gene Vincent 21. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard 22. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets 23. Oh Boy - Buddy Holly 24. Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison Bonus Tracks: 25. Interview with Eddie and his band 26. The Memory Lingers On (Instrumental)
This collection of unforgettable hits by The King of Rock 'n' Roll showcases 30 of his all-time greatest performances. Culled from his TV guest appearances movies concert films and TV specials from 1956 his breakthrough year to the 1970s when he reached the pinnacle of his career - this is Elvis at his very best. Tracklistuing: 1. Heartbreak Hotel 2. Blue Suede Shoes 3. I Want You I Need You I Love You 4. Don't Be Cruel 5. Love Me Tender 6. Hound Dog 7. Love Me 8. Too Much 9. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 10. Jailhouse Rock 11. Treat Me Nice 12. Trouble 13. Stuck On You 14. Wooden Heart 15. Can't Help Falling In Love 16. Rock-A-Hula Baby 17. Return To Sender 18. Bossa Nova Baby 19. That's All Right 20. All Shook Up 21. One Night 22. Are You Lonesome Tonight? 23. If I Can Dream 24. In The Ghetto 25. Suspicious Minds 26. Don't Cry Daddy 27. The Wonder Of You 28. A Big Hunk 'O Love 29. Burning Love 30. An American Trilogy
A concert documentary from 1970, Elvis: That's the Way it Is captures Elvis Presley midway through a fateful transition, seeking to reclaim his musical primacy after a decade of self-imposed exile from concert stages. Sidelined by his big-screen career, eclipsed by rock's mid-60s transformations, the King had begun his return two years earlier with the relatively lean attack of his fabled network television appearance, 68 Comeback Specia. Now the Memphis legend was poised to reposition his performing profile by pursuing the top rungs of headliner status in Las Vegas, a career choice that seems even more ephemeral in hindsight than it already did at the time. That's the Way it Is follows the show's genesis from rehearsal to stage, with the performance footage that provides its inevitable climax shot over six nights. The rehearsal footage, expanded for this special edition, offers further proof that Presley's band was simply superb: stripped of the orchestrations and lush choral arrangements that would be grafted onto the stage show, the sextet sounds both tough and nimble. In performance, we're treated to a mostly riveting glimpse of Presley in top vocal form, poised at the brink of bombast. This is Elvis before the onset of portentous Richard Strauss overtures, karate kicks and tossed scarves, kicking off the show with the classic "That's All Right". If he risks undercutting the punch of his early songs with self-deprecating clowning, he attacks two Ray Charles classics with gusto. --Sam Sutherland, Amazon.com
Roustabout (Dir. John Rich 1964): The year was 1964. The miniskirt is in. If you can't Watusi you can't dance. Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali) claims the heavyweight crown. And Elvis is a karate-chopping biker who's hired as a carnival Roustabout. At first he just provides the muscle and a diversion for the beautiful carny girls. Then he picks up a guitar and gets the midway rockin'. Looks like this talented tough guy may be what the good-hearted owner (Barbara Stanwyc
Track list DVD 1.Love me Tender - In concert 2.Introduction 3.Burning Love 4.I Got A Woman (Got a sweety) 5.That's All Right Mama 6.Something 7.Hound Dog 8.Baby What You Want Me To Do 9.You Gave Me A Mountain 10.Heartbreak Hotel 11.Blue Suede Shoes 12.Steamroller Blues 13.Love Me Tender 14.Lawdy Miss Clawdy 15.My Way 16.I Can't Stop Loving You 17.Are You Lonesome Tonight? 18.Love Me 19.Just Pretend 20.Medley: When My Blue Moon 21.Turns To Gold Again/ 22....
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