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Here is a special article by Elvis' youngest co-star, Victoria Paige Meyerink, from 'Speedway' as she shares some of her memories of working with the king.
Being in the film business is unlike any other. The bonds formed during production last a lifetime and, in Elvis' case, beyond. When I was cast as Ellie Easterlake in 'Speedway' I knew the project was special and that it would be a great experience… I had no idea that from that moment on, Elvis Presley would become a huge part of my life and career forever.
Can you tell me how you met Elvis? When you're assigned a film role, you have to go to the doctor, because of the insurance company. They have to make sure you don't have a bad heart, any of that nonsense. They made my appointment for me at the studio, so I was there and I had on a white shirt and these slacks my mother had made for me that were like wine coloured. I went in the office and I was waiting to be called in. In walks Elvis with two of his buddies. I looked at him and he looked at me and we started to laugh. His jacket was the identical material and colour of my slacks. He looked at me and he said, 'Honey, I'm either going to have to give you my jacket or you're going to have to give me your pants' ...
Elvis In Concert
is a posthumous 1977 TV special starring Elvis Presley. It was Elvis' third and final TV special, following Elvis (aka The '68 Comeback Special
) and Aloha From Hawaii
. It was filmed during Elvis' final tour in the cities of Omaha, Nebraska, on June 19, 1977, and Rapid City, South Dakota, on June 21, 1977. It was shown on CBS on October 3, 1977, two months after Elvis' death. It is one of only few of Elvis' programs which remains unlikely to ever be commercially released on home video and is only available in bootleg
form. However, parts of the special were used in the video documentary Elvis: The Great Performances
and the theatrical documentary This is Elvis
, both of which were released on home video.
Jocelyn 'Jackie' Lane was born Jocelyn Olga Bolton in Vienna, Austria in 1937. Today she was married to Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. In 1965, she co-starred with Elvis Presley
in Tickle Me
and later appeared in several roles in Hollywood films, including as 'biker chick' Cathy in Hell's Belles in 1969. She also made guest appearances on American television series. She retired in 1971 after marrying Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg in Marbella, Spain on 3 May 1973
, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1966 musical comedy Paradise, Hawaiian Style
, has died. She was 72. 'Elvis and I were both under contract to Hal Wallis
, who was known as the star maker', Leigh once recalled. 'I remember the day that Hal said that I would be making my next movie with Elvis. I was an incredible fan of his, and then he said you'll be filming it in Hawaii. Wow. Elvis was a fabulous actor, very underrated by a lot of the conventional theater people'.
This is a video interview with Shelley Fabares
on American Bandstand in 1965. Shelley starred with Elvis Presley in the 1965 movie Girl Happy
, was one of three leading ladies in 'Spinout
'. Adding to her lineup of movies with Elvis, the following year she starred in 'Clambake
', her third starring role alongside the King. 'I loved doing those pictures', said Fabares. 'It's a happy memory for me, they were great fun'.
Harry Morgan is probably best known to Elvis fans as Elvis Presley's co-star in the 1966 riverboat film, Frankie and Johnny
. He played 'Cully', Elvis' piano player, as seen in the clip above. The next clip includes a short interview with Harry talking about filming with Elvis and how pleasant he was to work with. In fact, he says, Elvis couldn't have been nicer.
Let's just say it wasn't Jenny Maxwell's day. It all started early, when scenes for 'Blue Hawaii', Hal Wallis production, called for Jenny to try to drown herself, be rescued by Elvis Presley, who then turns the tiny 19-year-old blonde over his knee and gives her a sound spanking.
For the long shots and close-ups, Jenny dunked herself thoroughly three times, was hauled out and spanked by Elvis, a total of four times.
Interview with Hal Kanter, screenwriter and director for the Elvis Presley movie Loving You
. Previously Hal had written for variety shows, graduating to screenplays and specializing in comedies. He wrote for Bob Hope as well as the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Over the years, Hal Kanter received six Emmy Award nominations, winning the last two for his writing on the annual Academy Awards telecast. He also wrote the script for Elvis Presley's 1961 hit film Blue Hawaii
, which garnered him a 'Best Written American Musical' nomination from the Writers Guild of America.
Celeste Yarnell (sic) Tells All... About Her Life With Elvis by Allison Hayes, Screen Stars, December 1968.
Elvis Presley's twenty-eighth movie was the 1968 MGM film 'Live A Little, Love A Little
' directed by Norman Taurog, who had directed several previous Presley films. This was to be Taurog's final film. Principal photography began on 3/13/68. Locations included the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, Marineland, the Hollywood Citizen News building, the Los Angeles Music Center and the streets of the Hollywood Hills. The film introduced the song 'A Little Less Conversation
' an alternative take of which would form the basis of a remix that returned Presley to international music sales charts in 2002.
Interview with Celeste Yarnall who appeared briefly in Live A Little, Love a Little. Celeste plays Ellen, the girl at the party, with all the astrological reasons why she and Elvis just can't possibly be matched up.
One of the youngest actresses to ever costar with Elvis, English ingenue Annette Day
was just 18 years old when she acted in Double Trouble
. Day was discovered in typical Hollywood fashion. Producer Judd Bernard was shopping in an antique store on London's famed Portobello Road when he caught a glimpse of the red-haired teenager. The shop belonged to Day's mother, and Day was working behind the counter that day. Months later, when Bernard was casting for the film, he remembered the perky girl and called on her to ask the fateful question, 'Do you want to be an actress?'.
In the second of two articles, Paul Simpson traces the impact of 'King Creole's comparative commercial failure on Hal Wallis, Elvis Presley and the King's movies.
In the first of two articles, Paul Simpson explores how Hal Wallis broke his own rules when he made King Creole - and how that transformed Elvis' movie career' ...
Susan Ker Weld was born on Friday, August 27th 1943 in New York City. When her father, Lathrop Motley Weld, died three years later at the age of 49, the cute little girl, whose name by then had somehow been transmogrified into 'Tuesday'. (The name Tuesday came from 'Tu-Tu', a childhood nickname).
What if Elvis had been able to follow his heart and not sing in the movies? What we do know, however, is that 241 of Elvis' recordings were made specifically for movie projects. While losing songs like 'Queenie Wahine's Papaya' from his career catalog would surely not have been detrimental, a fair number of more impressive songs would also be gone. With that in mind, here is my top 25 list of Elvis' greatest movie songs.
When Lizabeth Scott went to Los Angeles in 1944, she dropped the 'E' from her first name. There were lots of Elizabeths in Hollywood, but no Lizabeth. Changing her name to something unique fit right in with the film industry's appetite for new and unique talent. (She legally changed her name to Lizabeth Scott in 1949.)
Elvis made television and entertainment history with his 'Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite' concert.
Elvis On Tour - MGM 1972 combines performance footage with tapes of television shows, clips from early Presley films, other memorabilia of the great Elvis, and finally, a clear glimpse of the superstar at work.
I really fell for Elvis -- I mean, who wouldn't? We did have a romance, it was quite wonderful, we were on location in Crystal River (Florida), Elvis was away from the madding crowd, it was like a shipboard romance with Elvis.
was born, Harold Brent Wallis on 14 September 1899 in Chicago. He died on October 5, 1986. He was an Academy Award-winning American motion picture producer. His family moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1922 where he found work as part of the publicity department at Warner Bros. in 1923.
Ridgefield, July 5. -- Services for JUDY TYLER, 24-year-old screen star who, with her actor-husband, was killed yesterday in an auto accident near the tourist resort of Billy the Kid, Wyo., will take place Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the FRANK CAMPBELL funeral home, 81st street and Madison avenue. MISS TYLER, who was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, will be cremated at Ferncliff, N.Y.
Elvis' thirteenth film was 1963's 'Fun In Acapulco' for Paramount. The movie premiered nationally on November 27, 1963. It reached #5 on the Variety weekly chart and #33 overall for the year. Paramount promoted the movie with special souvenir 'passports' they created.
The process by which Robbins's A Stone For Danny Fisher, a raw novel about a Jewish boy growing up in Brooklyn and becoming a boxer, transformed itself into King Creole
, a musical starring Elvis Presley as a hip gyrating New Orleans nightclub singer who gets involved in organized crime, is symptomatic of Hollywood's tendency toward bastardization. Although the movie may well be one of Elvis' best films, it bears such a slim resemblance to the original book that Paramount could have easily have saved itself the $25,000 it paid Robbins for using his novel as source material.
Dolores Hart starred opposite Elvis in Loving You
and King Creole
, two of his early films from the '50's.
Ina got her professional start on TV on The Perry Como Show. This led to roles on Broadway, and a minor role in the film The Black Orchid (1958), with Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn. In Charro!
, Ina plays Tracey, ex-girlfriend of Elvis' who runs the saloon in Rio Seco.
The last of the hugely successful Frank Sinatra Variety Shows broadcast on America's ABC TV, this seminal program, taped in May 1960, sees Frank welcome very special guest star Elvis Presley home from national service.
The summer of Elvis' freshman year of high school, his dad Vernon bought him a push lawn mower. With the mower and a couple of sickles, Elvis and his three buddies - Buzzy Forbes, Farley Guy and Paul Dougher - started a lawn business. They charged $4.00 per yard. This was the beginning of the working life a young man who would very soon become a millionaire.
On Monday, July 19, 1954, hot off the presses at Buster Williams' Plastic Products plant on Chelsea Ave. in Memphis, came the release of Elvis Presley's first record. It was Sun record number 209 - 'That's All Right' backed with 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'.