As a teenager, Elvis worked as an usher in a movie theatre, dreaming of being the hero on screen.
He dreamed of being the movie hero and being in movies, and as with making a genre of music his own, so too, did he have his own Star Vehicle Presley Formula Flick.
It was in that theatre Elvis sat while Dewey Phillips played the one sided singed “That’s All Right Mama” for the first time on air. He got so many calls to re-play that song, that he called the boarding house where the Presleys lived and a neighbour got the phone and got Gladys, who then ran out of the house, with Vernon to get their boy down to the radio station to do his first on air interview, over before he realized it was going on. Elvis Presley had a stutter that got incorporated into his singing.
Elvis Presley’ first being in a movie was a short concert film as an opening act with Pat Boone headlining in the Bill Randle Cleveland Disc Jockey Radio Personality – it was likely broadcast on regional television, screened once at a local high school and the film has disappeared into a private European collector’s hand at the last rumour.
Elvis Presley’s short film:
The Pied Piper of Cleveland: A Day in the Life of a Famous Disc Jockey (Documentary) (performer: “That’s All Right, Mama”, “Mystery Train”, “Good Rockin’ Tonight”)
Then after screen testing, Elvis was in his first movie in a supporting role. Not in Rainmaker with Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster – Hollywood A Listers – but in a second Reno Brothers movie telling in a minor role made larger by Elvis playing it.
Production: August 22 and September 21, 1956;premiere Nov 15 national release nov 21
Director: Robert D. Webb
Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
After that, the movies were crafted around him, Loving You and Jailhouse Rock being good boy/bad boy versions of the same story.
One in Color, softer story with a freedom of speech motif; the other Black/White
seedier, steamier and both of these full of Elvis Presley’s actual band
but also his cousins and Memphis Mafia Pals.
Production: January 21, – March 8; national release July 9, 1957
Director: Hal Kanter
Writers: Herbert Baker (screenplay), Hal Kanter (screenplay)
Stars: Elvis Presley, Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey |
Production Co:Hal Wallis Productions / Paramount Pictures
Production: May 13 to June 17 Released 8 November 1957 (USA)
Director: Richard Thorpe
Production Co:Avon Productions (II) / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Production January 20 to March 10, 1958; released 2 July 1958 (USA)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Elvis Presley does his best James Dean.
Hal Wallis filmed second unit scenery in Germany before Elvis was even mustered out.
GI Blues would be Elvis’ first pairing with foreign celebrity in a musical romantic comedy, objective matrimony.
April 21- June 29th released: November 23, 1960
Elvis Presley does his best Brando since King Creole.
Production: August 1 -October 7 released: 20 December 1960
August 28, 1960
Principal photography for Follow That Dream was completed.
Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest
The original “Black Star” is the same recording as “Flaming Star”, just the word differs.
release date 15 June 1961 (USA)
Director: Philip Dunne
Production Hawaii March 27 -April 17th. LA until May 23rd.
released 22 November 1961 (USA)
Production: July 5 – August released 11 April 1962 (USA)
Also Known As: Here Come the Kwimpers
Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright |
Release Date: 29 August 1962
March 26 prep, hawaii April 9-26, May 1-June 8 LA
Writers: Allan Weiss (story/screenplay) , Edward Anhalt (screenplay)
Stars: Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens, Jeremy Slate
Production Co: Hal Wallis Productions/ Paramount Pictures
Production: August 28 , September 4-13 in Seattle, to Nov 9
Release Date:3 April 1963
Production January 25 – March 2x ; released November 27 1963
Viva Las Vegas July 15 – September 11,
At this juncture, A Presley Picture was a subgenre of it’s own.
Roustabout Feb 26 – opened Nov 11
Girl Happy June 22 – August 12
Tickle Me oct 12 – nov 24
Harum Scarum March 15 – April 19
Frankie and Johnny May 11 – June 24
Paradise, Hawaiian Style – August – Sept 30
Spinout Feb 11 – April 8
Double Trouble July 11- August 30
Clambake March 20 – April 27
Speedway June 19 to August 21
Stay Away, Joe October 9 to Nov 27
Live a Little Love a Little March 13
The Trouble with Girls (And How to Get into It): Production: Oct – Dec 18
September 3, 1969: premiered in the U.S.
Charro! July – August
Elvis completed looping and was released from
Change of Habit March and April – released Nov 10
His last films were about him: documentaries of concert tours.
This is Elvis
Elvis Presley tv movies, mini-series and tv-series:
Dick Clark’s Elvis with Kurt Russel