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Merry Christmas, Elvis — 2012

 

Each year since 2008, ElvisBlog has presented a pictorial salute to Elvis and Christmas.  As I reviewed the many interesting pictures accumulated this past year, a theme emerged.  People seem to love connecting Elvis with Christmas in all sorts of imaginative ways.

 

Elvis as Santa:

How cool is this Photoshop effort?  Elvis looks a little young to be Jolly Old St. Nick, but otherwise he makes a great Santa.

This is a nice job, too.  Wish it was in color.

This looks more like Santa being Elvis than the reverse.  I like the jumpsuit elements incorporated into the Santa suit.

 

Elvis as Reindeer:

What in the world motivates someone to create a Gold Lamé or Jailhouse Rock reindeer?  Strange, but I like them.

Here is an animated reindeer Elvis and his background singers.

The shot comes from a very funny video titled Follow That Sleigh, and in the film the reindeer’s name actually is Elvis.  I bought the VCR tape many years ago and watched it every Christmas season.  Them I switched to DVD and haven’t been able to watch it since.  I miss it.

 

This picture has nothing to do with Elvis, but I found it during my Google search for Reindeer Elvis.  For some reason, this Retro-Rudolph really tickles me.

 

Elvis as a Snowman:

Although this snowman has no accessories, its hair, sideburns, big collar and mic all say Elvis.

Okay, the sunglasses aren’t close to Elvis’ style, but they got the jumpsuit and belt look right with all those beads imbedded in the snow.

 

Lots of accessories on this Elvis snowman.  But, isn’t that cone with flowers in it what they use in cemeteries?

I don’t know about this Elvis snowman.  Kind of has a demented look.  Good hair, though.

 

Elvis as an Elf:

How about these cute little guys?

Bigger and badder.  Do you think the EE on his hat stands for Elvis the Elf?

 

Well, that’s ElvisBlog’s 2012 Elvis Christmas pictorial review.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.  Maybe as good as the one Elvis had in this picture.

 

 

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Elvis Movie 50th Anniversary Pictorial: Girls, Girls, Girls — 1962

Elvis’ eleventh film was released in time for the 1962 Christmas movie season, and it did fairly well in the box-office, considering it was frequently critiqued as a light-weight.  The title Girls, Girls, Girls telegraphed the new direction Elvis movies were going: lots of lovelies, lots of songs, and a simple plot.  As my friend Alan Hanson said on his Elvis-History-Blog, this movie “convinced studio execs that they had nailed down the blueprint for an Elvis Presley film. It was a formula they would see no need to tinker with in the future.”

Here’s a trivia fact you can try on your Elvis fan friends.  In what movie did Elvis dance the twist?  It was in Girls, Girls, Girls in the final scene where Elvis sings the title song.

But, Elvis pleased several groups of girls with his dancing.

 

Movie Posters:

 

Publicity Photos:

This is Elvis with his two female costars, Laurel Goodwin and Stella Stephens.  Goodwin got only fourth billing (see poster above), although she was his problematic love interest and had lots of screen time. Stevens got second billing, but she and Elvis had only a few conversations and no fireworks in the film.

Ah, yes, girls, girls, girls.  Lucky Elvis.

I found this shot on the internet.  I tried to screen capture it in color on the movie DVD, but Elvis’ hair never looks like this in any shot.  I guess the black and white picture is from an outtake.

 

Lobby Cards:

The guy in the white T-shirt in the left picture above in Red West.  Do you notice anything unusual about Elvis in the right picture above?  It’s kind of difficult to see because of the dark wood of the counter in chair.  Let’s look at the scene in the movie.

This is Laurel and Elvis doing a Flamenco dance to the song, “The Walls Have Ears.”  Must have been a pretty stimulating dance.

What Happened to Laurel?:

 

This is the DVD cover for Girls, Girls, Girls.  Where is Laurel Goodwin, Elvis’ love interest in the movie?  She is also not listed on the back cover as a cast member, and not in the brief plot description.

The girl she is replaced by is one of two twins who have a minor part in the movie.

 

Kissing his Leading Lady:

Stella Stevens prevailed on the DVD Cover and in publicity photos for the film, but Laurel Goodwin ended up with Elvis and kissed him in five different scenes.

 

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The Ultimate Movie for Elvis Allusions

For the past three years I have done an annual review of Elvis allusions in the movies.  Each time I explain that these allusions can be many different things:  like his name being used in dialog, or his image on video clips visible in a scene, or his songs playing in the background (or over the credits), or familiar Elvis trappings like jumpsuits and those famous sunglasses, or even his well-known moves and mannerisms.  But when it comes to Elvis images and memorabilia items used to decorate a room, there is one movie we must call the undisputed all-time champ.

It is Into the Night, which ran on one of the cable movie channels earlier this week.  This 1986 comedy/drama/romance stars Michelle Pheiffer and Jeff Goldblum.  They are sort-of on the run together, and she takes him to her brother’s apartment so they can hide out.  It turns out the brother is a successful Elvis impersonator, and his pad has wall-to-wall Elvis photos, albums, posters, and magazine covers.  Here are a few shots to give you an idea.

Then, the brother comes home – in costume.

 

Do you know who this actor is?  His name is Bruce McGill, and he has been in dozens of movies and TV shows over the past thirty-five years.  His break into the business was as “D-Day” in the cult classic Animal House.

 

He looks better in a jumpsuit and without the mustache, don’t you think?

So, add a white jumpsuit to the Elvis allusions in Into the Night.  But there is still one more.

As a famous Elvis impersonator, the brother travels around in a Cadillac convertible emblazoned with “The King Lives.”

Elvis never owned a 1959 Caddy convertible.  (He was in the Army over in Germany at the time.)  But this model seems so intrinsically Elvis, that Graceland has one in their Car Museum in spite of that little discrepancy.   Seriously, if I ever win the lottery, I want one of these.

And, if you want to watch a pretty good movie with lots of Elvis allusions, get Into the Night, and enjoy.

 

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A Tribute to Bernard Lansky

On November 15, we lost another charter member of Elvis’ close circle of friends – Bernard Lansky.  All knowledgeable fans know that Elvis bought much of his 50s wardrobe from Lansky Brothers Clothing on Beale Street.  Most of the clothing was flashy and unconventional, perfect for a young singer making his mark.

 

Other Elvis websites have recounted details of the connection between Bernard Lansky and Elvis, so I wanted to do something different.  Let’s take a look at some of the clothing Elvis bought at Lansky Brothers and that has sold at auctions presented by Heritage Auctions and Gotta-Have-It Auctions the past few years.

 

“Super Fly” Style Leather Trench Coat Trimmed in Coyote Fur:

Sold for $4,608 at the Gotta-Have-It Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction in July 2012.

Elvis took to wearing this type of coat after viewing the cult film, “Shaft.”

 

Light Blue Shirt and Dark Blue Corduroy Vest:

Sold for $5,156 at the Heritage Elvis Memorabilia Signature Auction in Memphis on August 14, 2012.

 

Black Velvet Shirt with Silver-and-Onyx Buttons:

Sold for $2,270 at the Heritage Signature Entertainment/Music Memorabilia Auction in April 2007.

Note the initials “EP” monogrammed on the cuffs.

 

Shirt, Pants and Jacket Combo:

Sold for $25,725 at the Gotta-Have-It Rock & Roll Auction in July 2011

This picture of Elvis wearing the outfit is on the back of his first RCA album, Elvis Presley.

 

Brown Suede Jacket with Tie Belt:

Sold for $4,182 at the Heritage Signature Music & Entertainment Memorabilia Auction in October 2008.

 

Black Short Sleeved Shirt:

Sold for $4,719 at the Gotta-Have-It Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction in December 2011.

 

Light Brown Leather Jacket with Coyote Trim:

Sold for $3,808 at the Gotta-Have-It Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction in March 2011.

 

Tan Suede Jacket:

Sold for $16,500 at the Gotta-Have-it Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction in October 2010.

Elvis Presley wore this jacket in the famous December 4, 1956 photo of the “Million Dollar Quartet.”

 

Long Grey Trench Coat:

Sold for $6,283 at the Gotta-Have-It Rock & Roll Pop Art Auction in August 2009

Also sold for $12,187 at the Heritage Elvis Memorabilia Signature Auction in August 2012 in Memphis

 

Pink Shirt with Black Trim:

Sold for at the $2,662 at the Gotta-have-It Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction in October 2010.

Also sold for $14,340 at the Heritage Music & Entertainment Signature Auction In December 2011.

Amazingly, Vernon Presley donated the shirt to the Salvation Army in 1974.

 

Pink Shirt, Black Pants with Pink Accents, and Black and White Shoes:

Sold for $4,000 at the Gotta-Have-it Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction in October 2010.

Also sold for $19,717 at the Heritage Music & Entertainment Signature Auction in December 2011.

(Seems like if you have some cool Elvis clothes to sell, Heritage Auctions is the place to go.  On the other hand, if you’d like to buy some Elvis clothes at reasonable prices, check out Gotta-Have-It)

 

Custom Made Blue Leather Coat:

Currently at auction at the Heritage Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction.

Estimate: $5000 – $7000.  My bet is that it goes for lots more.

 

We’ll end with some more photos of Elvis and Bernard Lansky.

Hey, that’s not Elvis!

 

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