Elvis Movies 50th Anniversary Pictorial: Kissin’ Cousins – 1964

Serious reviews of Kissin’ Cousins lament that it was the start of a bad trend in Elvis movies – low-budget, quickie-filmed, light-weight fluff. Some even call it his worse movie. I don’t care. I like Kissin’ Cousins for one reason: Yvonne Craig.

Elvis Kissing Yvonne in Kissin' Cousins

I don’t think any other actress sizzled on screen with Elvis as hot as she did. Those two radiated lust in Kissin’ Cousins and also in It Happened at The World’s fair.

Elvis Kissing Yvonne Craig in World's Fair

 

Although Kissin’ Cousins was filmed after Viva Las Vegas, it was released first on March 6, 1964, making it Elvis’ 14th movie. Sources say it was filmed in three weeks at a cost of only $800,000. By comparison, Viva cost $4,000,000 and took two months to film. Guess which one made more profit for the studio, Elvis, and Col. Parker. After Kissin’ Cousins, the dye was cast for future Elvis movies.

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Movie Posters:

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 Kissin Cousins 3

 

Shots from the Movie:

Elvis as Josh and Jody

Elvis Presley plays a dual role in Kissin’ Cousins. Dark-haired Elvis plays Air Force officer Josh Morgan, but as blond-haired Jodie Tatum, he appears as a girl-chasin’ mountain Romeo. Josh is assigned the task of persuading the Tatums, his distant relatives on his mother’s side, to sell their Tennessee mountain land for use as a missile site.

 

Yvonne and Pam Standing in Jeep

Jodie’s two cousins are Selena and Azalea Tatum, played by Pam Austin and Yvonne Craig. Both vie for Josh’s attention, but Azalea wins out about halfway through. Josh pulls off a little match-making with one of his Air Force buddies and Selena, getting her out of the competition.

 

Tatum Girls Painting Their Nails

Most Elvis movies have pretty girls parading around in scanty bikinis, but they are usually on a beach in Hawaii or Florida. In Kissin’ Cousins we get them in the Smokey Mountain woods and inside the Tatum cabin.

 

Lobby Cards:

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Publicity Shots:

 Elvis Picking Up Yvonne and Pam

Oops, there’s those bathing suits again.

 

Elvis Running with Yvonne and Pam

Hey, this is starting to be a trend.

 

Elvis With Lovlies in Kissin' Cousins

Come on. Is this the only kind of publicity shots they took? (No, just the ones I chose)

Elvis as Jodie and Josh in Kissin' Cousins

Okay, okay. Here a little trick photography of the two characters Elvis played.

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Back Stage Photo:

Elvis On Set With Pam and Yvonne

If you study this photo for a moment, it appears Yvonne might have had some designs on Elvis away from the script, too.

 

Foreign Posters:

 

French Poster

French Poster

German Poster

German Poster

I used Google Translate to look up the translation of this title to English. They said it is The Wild Broads of Tennessee. Seriously – check it out.

Italian Poster

Italian Poster

This one translated to The Mount of Venus.

 

Strange Language

I don’t know how to type this title into Google Translate, so who knows what it means.

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Kissing the Co-Star:

 Elvis Kissing Cynthia Pepper

Both of Elvis’ characters wound up with the girl. Here, Jodie is kissing Army Corporal Midge Riley, played by Cynthia Pepper.

Elvis Kissing Yvonne Craig in Kissin' Cousins

And Josh about to lock lips with Azalea. But you have to go back to It Happened at the World’s Fair for the best kiss between Elvis and Yvonne Craig.

Elvis kissing Yvonne Craig  in World's Fair

Well, that’s it. Did I mention that I really like Yvonne Craig?

 

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2 Responses to Elvis Movies 50th Anniversary Pictorial: Kissin’ Cousins – 1964

  1. Jules Vismale

    Als ik aan Elvis Presley denk is het natuurlijk vooral de geweldige popmuziek die hij produceerde al werd de prachtkerel door een overvloedige hoeveelheid drugs niet erg oud. Dat hij Yvonne Graig, een knappe jongedame, zo goed kende en in 1964 in ´Kissing Cousins´ met haar mee acteerde, terwijl zij in 1966 voor Batgirl speelde, en zelfs een dubbelrol neerzette zou bijna niet zijn opvallen. Yvonne zag er niettemin heerlijk uit met haar jeans in overallvorm en toen zij op een put stond en bukte werd haar mooie achterwerk goed strak gezet in haar broek! Toch had ik het wel prachtiger gevonden als Presley een keer Yvonne over de knie nam om haar een flink pak voor haar broek te geven en haar vriendin Cynthia Pepper eveneens daar zij ook een mooie jeans aan had! Een portie billenkoek had beide jongedames vast geen kwaad gedaan al werden ze wel bij Elvis over de rechterschouder genomen toen hij in dat bos zijn dubbelrol speelde!

  2. Someone likes Kissin Cousins? That’s a first! Now I’ve been enjoying some of his movies that I should probably be ashamed of, but this is not one of them, I’m afraid. Though I might just warm up to it if I watched it again.

    Elvis with blonde hair just doesn’t work for me. I know, he was a blonde as a kid and all but it just doesn’t.

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