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IMO, Elvis's best movies were "King Creole" and "Flaming Star". Not surprisingly, his directors in those two movies were Michael Curtiz and Don Siegel.
I would add Wild In The Country to make it a triptych. Viva Las Vegas didn't require Presley to do anything other than be Elvis but it was great fun. Outside of those four, his output ranged from okay (Love Me Tender, Blue Hawaii) to awful (Tickle Me, Frankie And Johnny). If you're a fan of Elvis then those movies are tolerable, if you're not, they can be a slog to sit through.
 
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I would add Wild In The Country to make it a triptych. Viva Las Vegas didn't require Presley to do anything other than be Elvis but it was great fun. Outside of those four, his output ranged from okay (Love Me Tender, Blue Haeaii) to awful (Tickle Me, Frankie And Johnny). If you're a fan of Elvis then those movies are tolerable, if you're not, they can be a slog to sit through.
Boy, howdy, can I echo those sentiments! My review of Frankie and Johnny gives credence to that!
 

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I loved the scenery and of course, Angela Lansbury as Sarah Lee, not Sara Lee. "Fetch me a Mai Tai, Ping Pong."
Yeah but nobody
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My fav Elvis Movies are Flaming Star.Viva Las Vegas,Kid Galahad, Jailhouse Rock,Loving You.And Bye Bye Birdie.:)))
Technically the last is an amalgam of Conway Twitty and Elvis ... but I wouldn't be surprised if SONY didn't include that in their next 4K set ;)!
 

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My fav Elvis Movies are Flaming Star.Viva Las Vegas,Kid Galahad, Jailhouse Rock,Loving You.And Bye Bye Birdie.:)))
Ummm, Jesse Pearson played the Elvis parody character in the film; Colonel Parker would not let Elvis parody himself, which was yet another mistake in judgment among so many others by the infamous manager. I saw Jailhouse Rock at age 5 and it certainly made an impression. Later films declined in quality musically and dramatically and no doubt there was unrealized potential until the sad early end.
 

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Ummm, Jesse Pearson played the Elvis parody character in the film; Colonel Parker would not let Elvis parody himself, which was yet another mistake in judgment among so many others by the infamous manager. I saw Jailhouse Rock at age 5 and it certainly made an impression. Later films declined in quality musically and dramatically and no doubt there was unrealized potential until the sad early end.
I would have found Elvis' renditions of Birdie's songs absolutely fascinating. Dick Gautier, who originated the role on Broadway, really nailed the sexy growl in Birdie's material on the original show album. He's always been my favorite Birdie vocalist, but I certainly would have liked to hear what Elvis would have done with them.
 

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Ummm, Jesse Pearson played the Elvis parody character in the film; Colonel Parker would not let Elvis parody himself, which was yet another mistake in judgment among so many others by the infamous manager. I saw Jailhouse Rock at age 5 and it certainly made an impression. Later films declined in quality musically and dramatically and no doubt there was unrealized potential until the sad early end.
Turning down Rio Bravo was another mistake.
 

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Turning down Rio Bravo was another mistake.
Elvis was allowed a two-month delay, originally January 20, 1958, for his Army induction in 1958 due to filming King Creole. He was inducted on March 24, 1958. It is doubtful he would have been able to make the Rio Bravo shooting schedule
(May 1, 1958 - July 23, 1958) anyway.
 

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Well, I'm not a fan and haven't been since I was fourteen years old and discovered I much preferred singers like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. But I've always got along with Elvis, the movie actor. Frequently he was saddled with inferior material but when he was given a decent screenplay and/or a good director, he was pretty good . . . . . . in my opinion. Others, I know, disagree. I like his work in Love Me Tender, Follow That Dream and Kid Galahad and I enjoy the film he did with Hope Lange.

I'm probably going to buy this Blue Hawaii disc. I saw the film when it first came out and I was in my teens. I didn't think it was any good . . . . . but I'm probably going to buy the disc anyway! Incidentally, is my memory of the film correct? Does it include the old Ralph Rainger standard Blue Hawaii which Frank Sinatra included on his Come Fly With Me album?
Yes it does, same song that Frank recorded.
 

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IMO, Elvis's best movies were "King Creole" and "Flaming Star". Not surprisingly, his directors in those two movies were Michael Curtiz and Don Siegel.
Certainly up there for sure. I like most of them, however his last few in the late 60's, for the most part to me, weren't nearly as good as his earlier ones. For me it always helps to have a good supporting cast and an interesting plot...and some beautiful girls! :)
 

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