Random Thoughts on Encore’s Elvis Collection — Part 5

For the second week in a row my new laptop spent four days in Data Transfer Hell at Geek Squad.  It’s back home now and almost everything is working.  So, let’s continue with the random thoughts on Encore’s Elvis Collection.

Movies Presented in the Past Week That I Liked:

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Follow That Dream — I will always be thankful to my buddy Alan Hanson over at the Elvis-History Blog for pointing out the subtle nuances of this film.  The more I watch it, the more I like it – especially the courtroom scene where Elvis utterly charms the judge and outsmarts the spiteful child protection lady.  And I just love the end where Anne Helm transforms into a woman and nuzzles Elvis into realizing his feelings for her.

In many of his movies, Elvis plays characters with various flaws.  Here he is initially presented as a country bumpkin, but he comes out on top in every situation.  I found his character thoroughly likeable.  On a similar note, I usually dislike the cutesy child actors in Elvis’ movies, but Eddie and Teddy in this were kind-of cool.

 

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Easy Come, Easy Go — My reasons for liking this probably wouldn’t sway the folks who slam Elvis’ later movies when he was pretty much just going through the motions.  For one thing, I hadn’t viewed it a bunch of times, so it seemed kind-of fresh.  The second reason I liked it was that Pat Priest spent half her screen time in bikinis.  She was hot as Marilyn Munster, but she is something else in this movie.  And finally, there was a song I really enjoyed: “You Gotta Stop.”  After some of the dogs Elvis had to sing in his 1967-68 movies, it was a pleasant surprise to find a good one.

The Movies I’m Tired of Watching:

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Clambake – I’ve watched this one a lot, mainly because I like Shelly Fabares so much.  However, she is much better in Girl Happy, where her character was more likeable than the spoiled rich girl she played in Clambake.  So, I amused myself watching for Elvis’ Memphis Mafia buddies in bit parts.  Did you notice Charlie Hodge giving Elvis’ character’s dad a shave early in the movie?  You could hardly miss Red West as the ice cream vendor.  You had to look pretty close to spot Jerry Schilling and Richard Davis at the clambake-themed pool party.

Hey, this movie takes place in Florida.  Where'd the mountains come from?

Hey, this movie takes place in Florida. Where’d the mountains come from?

My favorite scene in the movie is when Elvis moves down the line kissing all the pretty women who helped put the hardening goop on the racing boat’s repaired body.

 

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It Happened at the World’s Fair – As I said a month ago in the 50th Anniversary Movie Pictorial, “By this time, Col. Parker and the producers had given up any pretense of putting Elvis into quality movies, and this one was a real stinkeroo, in my opinion.  The plot was very thin, there was way too much of five-year-old Sue-Lin, and the songs were weak (especially the four Elvis sang to Sue-Lin).

 

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Harum Scarum – This is one I wish I could like more, because I am a big Mary Ann Mobley fan.  At least she got better treatment from Elvis compared to all the double dealing he subjected her to in Girl Happy.

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Unfortunately Harum Scarum doesn’t get better with repeated viewings.  Mighty weak plot.  I did notice something watching it again – by the time the movie was fourteen minutes old, Elvis had already sung four songs.  And they were all very forgettable.  The scene with the little girl doing a belly dance for Elvis totally freaks me out.

 

Repeat Showing — Already Discussed:

This Is Elvis

King Creole

 

Coming Up:

Sunday, May 26 – Girl Happy:

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My third chance to see Shelly Fabares, and this is the best one.  I love watching her sing “I’m Evil.”

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I also get a kick out of Elvis escaping from jail in drag.

 

Monday, May 27 — Change of Habit

Tuesday, May 28 — G.I. Blues

Wednesday, May 29 — Jailhouse Rock

Thursday, May 30 – Roustabout

Friday, May 31 — Kid Galahad

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One response to “Random Thoughts on Encore’s Elvis Collection — Part 5

  1. I thought the worlds fair movie was cute. Elvis chasing after the nurse was hilarious. But I’m a chick. I like kids, unless it’s the obnoxious spoiled brat variety (though Sue-Lin was almost too cutesy for even me) and I’m all for silly romance and guys making a fool out of themselves to get the girl. The romance you didn’t mention at all so I’m guessing that didn’t work for you either? The ending however, maybe the last twenty minutes with him and Sue-Lin chasing through the fair, the plane etc. etc. was weak though. And the make up they put on him in that one. Yuck-o.

    Follow that Dream I absolutely love. I haven’t seen it in ages and I still quote “I’ll be doggone, your trailer just done blowed up”. You probably don’t mind the kids because they weren’t trying oh so hard to make them cute, not physically or by giving them cute dialogue. They and the autistic kid in Change of Habits were the only ones that looked like real children to me. Raoul too, I guess, but he couldn’t pull off the homeless part with those clean, ironed looking little shirts. The Follow That Dream ones are probably the only realistic kids though.

    I hate the scene with the girl in Harum Scarum. Seeing that, I actually thought “Pedophile” and I usually don’t think that when watching Elvis with kids. It made me more uncomfortable than the rage reduction scene and that is saying something.

    I can’t say much about Easy Come, Easy Go since I seriously don’t remember anything about it and I’m all back and forth on Clambake. The music is soo bad and the plot is so silly even for Elvis.

    Girl Happy is not a favorite of mine but I do enjoy that one once in a while. The scene of him in drag was definitely the best part of it. “Office can you get my purse…thank you officer!” Ha!

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