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Elvis Presley's Movies

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Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Jun 20 7:30
Elvis actually had a promising start in movies. All his pre-army films showed improvement with each release. King Creole being the best of the four. Elvis had a solid script and a good supporting cast of Hollywood veterens like Walter Matheau, Dean Jagger, Caroline Jones, and Vic Morrow. He gave a performance that showed the makings of a fine dramatic actor. After his discharge from the army and making the obligatory GI Blues, which was a piece of fluff, He gave another fine performance in the western, Flaming Star followed by a dramatic turn as a troubled youth in Wild in the Country, another movie he made that year, Blue Hawaii, became a break-out hit. That was it as far as a serious acting career went. It was decided, by the Colonel I'm sure, that all of Elvis' movies would be light musical comedies like Blue Hawaii and they followed the same pattern. They effectively made the same movie over and over from that point. They would usually choose an exotic location: Hawaii, Alcapulco, World's Fair, Las Vegas, etc..
A glamorous job: race car driver, ski instructer, musician, millionaire, carney, sea diver, etc...
Girls: plenty of adoring females along with a 'special' one that Elvis really digs.
Music: Of course there will be music involved so they can work in a few songs by Elvis.
This formula may not have been high cinematic art, but all Elvis movies made money. The Colonel was shrewd enough to know you will never go broke by underestimating public taste. He was giving the public exactly what they wanted until they were sick and tired of it. In the process, he lost any chance of Elvis being accepted in Hollywood as a serious actor and being considered irrelevent in the current music business as well.
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