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50th Anniversary Movie Pictorial – Stay Away, Joe

Stay Away Joe Poster

The Graceland Blog has already marked the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March 8, 1968 release of Stay Away, Joe. It’s a well done article and I recommend you read it. But you’ll find there is no duplication when you read this ElvisBlog post also marking the anniversary..

My take on this movie differs from theirs. In fact, I wrote an ElvisBlog article back in 2005 where I proclaimed it “Elvis’ Worst Movie.” However, I have since been swayed a bit by other reviews I have read and comments that have come in to the blog. For example, last year, reader Paul K noted:

“Every frame of that movie has the ‘lust for life’ in it.” Elvis himself said, “It was the most fun I ever had working on a movie.”

Blog commenter Jim said in 2013:

I really like Stay Away Joe. I understand that this film must be utter rubbish for anyone who isn’t an Elvis fan. However, as an Elvis fan, it’s nice to see Elvis enjoying himself in a movie

I think this screen grab catches the essence of what Paul and Jim said.

Stay Away joe - Elvis Partying in the car

And as Alan Hanson pointed out on his Elvis-History Blog, the trade paper The Film Daily said this in its original review:

“It doesn’t matter that credibility is stretched. What matters is that the picture evokes a mood of mirth and happy frenzy that is catching.”

So, when I decided to watch the movie again as prep work for this post, I just let the fun, mirth, and happy frenzy cover the movie’s many faults. And I discovered a number of suggestions for you readers to enjoy Stay Away, Joe more if comes on cable again and you watch it.

 

Count the fights:

 

Stay Awat Joe - Fight at 17 Minutes

There is a fight scene in almost every Elvis movie, but Stay Away, Joe has them from end to end. The picture above marks the first one 17 minutes in.

 

Stay Away Joe - Fight at 18 Minutes

Not all of the fights take place on dry land. This one started and ended in a little pond where the cattle watered.

 

Stay Away Joe - Clowning around with the girls in the river

Another fight in the water, this time with girls involved. It should be noted that all the fights were total slap-stick. Nobody seems to get hurt.

 

Stay Away Joe - Fight with girls at 26 minutes

Another fight with girls involved. It was inside the house.

 

Stay Away Joe - Fight in Truck

Fight in a truck.

 

Stay Away Joe - Fight on Car

Fight on top of a car.

 

Stay Away joe - Final fight that Brought Down the House

The final fight was inside the house and brought the whole thing down.

 

Note The Memphis Mafia guys in the cast:

 

Joe Esposito in Stay Away Joe

Joe Esposito has bit parts in a lot of Elvis movies. Here he plays a guy repossessing Elvis’ car, and he has one line of dialog.

 

Stay Away Joe - Charlie Hodge as Guitar Player in Band

Charlie Hodge is a guitar player in the band during an incredibly long party held at the house. As the bedlam goes on, they just keep playing, so Charlie is in a lot of scenes.

 

Stay away Joe - Sonny West and Elvis

Sonny West has a substantial part in this movie. He is in every fight scene, every party scene, and other times as well. He has several speaking lines. His character’s name is Jackson He-Crow. (I suppose I should mention that Elvis also plays an American Indian, Joe Lightcloud.)

 

Jackson He-Crow and Billie Jo Hump

Here is Sonny West with one of the hot Indian girls in the film. Her name is Billie Jo Hump. I wonder if they were messing with us when they picked that name for her. Elvis reacted to her by saying, “She can chew on my moccasins any time she wants.”

 

Watch for the dogs:

 

Dogs in Stay Away Joe

Two or more of these dogs are in dozens of scenes. They sleep in an open convertible with Elvis during a rainstorm. But usually they are just hanging around in the background during all kind of shots. They are amazingly unflustered as fighting is going on just a few feet from them.

 

Look for the really stupid stuff:

 

Stay Away Joe - Elvis Herding Cattle with a Cadillac

Elvis herding cattle with a Cadillac (until he drives it into a river).

 

Staw Away, Jot - Charlie in Bathtub of Beer

Elvis’ father in a bathtub with cans of beer.

 

Stay Away Joe - E;vis Coming out from under the Porch

Elvis climbing out from under the porch after drinking too many beers to count. (Note the dog on the left.)

 

Stay Away Joe - Elvis' Mom Taking Outdor Bath During a Party

One of the guys getting a good look at Elvis’ mom taking a bath.

 

Stay Away Joe - Party at Callahan's

Another party scene.

 

Stay away Joe - Elvis' Car Missing Doors, Seats, and Hood

Elvis driving a car with no top, hood, doors, or seats. He is sitting on a wooden chair.

 

Stay away Joe - Elvis in Shotgun Wedding

The shotgun wedding (almost)

 

Count the number of girls he kisses:

I usually end these movie pictorials with a shot of Elvis kissing the leading lady he ends up with at the conclusion of the film. But there is no love story aspect in Stay Away, Joe, so Elvis spreads the kissing joy around to a bunch of girls.

Stay Away Joe - Elvis Kiss # 1

 

Stay Away Joe - Elvis Kiss # 2

This is Billie Jo Hump.

 

Stay away Joe - Kiss # 3

This is his sister, but the kiss lingered longer than a little peck.

 

Stay Away Joe - Elvis Kiss # 4

How do you like the vertical legs and boots in this shot?

 

Stay Away Joe - Elvis Kiss #5

Elvis wears that denim jacket in every kissing scene.

 

You’ll notice I never discussed the plot in this movie. Not really necessary, because it’s so thin as to be almost non-existent. But don’t let that stop you from watching Stay Away, Joe. Just remember to enjoy the fun Elvis is having, the happy frenzy, and all the stupid stuff.

 

 

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Special Elvis Collectibles at the Last Auction at Graceland

1970 Elvis Presley Black-and-White Souvenir Poster

It’s been five weeks since the last Auction at Graceland, so I want to do a post on three items that interest me because of the stories behind them. We’ll save the rings, clothing, and other goodies until a later time.

 

Dixie Locke and Elvis 1955

You have probably seen this photo before, and you might know the girl with Elvis is Dixie Locke. Five items from her personal collection showed up for sale at the January 6 Auction at Graceland. The auction website does a great job describing the relationship between Elvis and Dixie:

It was January 1954 and Elvis’ family was relatively new to Memphis. Elvis attended the First Assembly of God church to hear the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, who were members of the congregation and of whom Elvis was a fan. It didn’t take long for Elvis to be noticed by a group of girls, among them the lovely Dixie Locke. Unbeknownst to Elvis, they admired him from afar and hatched a plan to discuss their weekend plans within his earshot in hopes he would come to the Rainbow Rollerdome. And in fact, he did not disappoint. When he showed up at the skating rink, Dixie immediately spotted him and skated over to introduce herself. He knew just who she was and the two talked all evening, with Elvis driving her home at the end of the night.

A courtship followed and the two began dating. Elvis was about four years Dixie’s senior so it required some interrogating questions from both sets of parents before they all blessed the relationship. In the summer of 1954, Dixie and Elvis parted company for the first time when Dixie’s family left Memphis for a Florida vacation. While they were away, Elvis began early recordings in Sun Studio, and Dixie returned to him to hear his surprise as he was making radio airtime. The two dated for about two years, with Elvis taking Dixie to her high school prom in 1955 [as pictured above].

Elvis Kissing Dixie Locke - May 6, 1955

Elvis and Dixie smooching on prom night

Dixie and Elvis were like any normal young couple dating in the 1950s: their outings consisted of going to the movies, taking drives, going to the local canteen and visiting each other at their respective homes just to play games or sit on the front porch and chat. It was later that fall that the two drifted their separate ways. Dixie has been quoted describing the departure as, “It was kind of a natural thing. His career was going in one direction, and I didn’t feel that I could be a part of it.”

Okay, now check out this photograph. Please ignore the diagonal text of Graceland Auctions obscuring it. That was put there for reasons that will soon be apparent.

1954 Snapshot of Elvis Presley with Girlfriend Dixie Locke and Her Family

Again, from the auction website:

The charming black-and-white snapshot, emanating directly from Dixie’s personal collection, depicts her large family gathering on the lawn for the going-away party for her sister, who was moving to California to be married.

Elvis is pictured in the front row with argyle socks and slicked back hair. The other people consist of Dixie and her parents, siblings, grandparents, aunt, uncles and lots of cousins. The photo is also notated in pencil with the date “6/54” which would have been just before Dixie left on that Florida vacation and Elvis’ career began heating up. The snapshot measures 3 3/8 by 3 3/16 inches.

1954 Close-up of Elvis Presley in Snapshot with Girlfriend Dixie Locke and Her Family

Blow up of Elvis in the Dixie Locke family photograph.

Here’s why I find this photograph so interesting. It had 60 bids at the auction, running the price up to $8,750. I don’t recall any other item at the Auctions at Graceland having that much spirited bidding. So, what caused this interest? I asked Jeff Marren, the Consignment Director at the auction about this photo plus another one from Dixie Locke, and this was his reply:

“Those two offerings, specifically, were extremely strong prices, obviously, but not total surprises from the standpoint that they turned out to be photos that had never been seen. When we brought them to auction, we were almost certain they had never seen the light of day, coming directly from the Dixie Locke Emmons collection. The market is very strong for unpublished photos of Elvis.”

Whoever the high bidder was, he now owns a photo of Elvis that other fans have never seen. It will not join the millions of Elvis pictures on the internet. Nobody will be downloading copies of it. And think of the timing. It was snapped just a few weeks before his first recording session at Sun Records and the start of his career. No wonder there were 60 bids on it.

 

Elvis Presley Inscribed Snapshot - Given to His Little Sister-in-Law - From the Dixie Locke Collection

This is the other photo Mr. Marren referred to. According to Dixie’s accompanying letter, the image of Elvis on this photo postcard was taken at Blue Light Studio in Memphis.

Blue Light Studio

Look at the words along the top of the building. That is Lansky Bros. Men’s Shop. How natural would it be for Elvis to have a postcard photo made at a studio next to Lansky’s, a place he frequently visited.

Anyway, this Elvis photo had 51 bids and topped out at $9,375.

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Elvis Presley Inscribed Snapshot - Given to His Little Sister-in-Law

Elvis inscribed the back side of the black-and-white photo postcard in pencil to “My (high) tempered little sister-in-law” for Dixie’s sister. Elvis and Dixie had talked seriously of marriage during their relationship, and at the time, the two were sure that marriage was in their future. Thus, the reference to his little sister-in-law.

The photo had at one time been trimmed, cutting off part of Elvis’ inscription. The auction website sums up things nicely: “This early and delightfully playful keepsake captures the youthful star and his adoration for his young love and her family. The photo measures 4 7/8 by 3 1/3 inches.”

Over the years, I have reported on many autographed Elvis photographs at auctions, but I don’t remember another bringing in over $9,000. Looks like it makes a big difference if a photo is one of a kind and has never been reproduced on the internet.

 

The Auction at Graceland website had a quite detailed and interesting background story about a 24” by 36” Elvis concert poster.

Scotty Moore invited Elvis to join his band, The Starlite Wranglers, in July of 1954, and Elvis played just two songs with the group in front of a live audience for the first time at the Bon Air in Memphis on July 17. Just three short weeks later on August 7, Scotty, Bill and Elvis break from The Starlite Wranglers for their first real performance together at the Eagle’s Nest in Memphis. The Eagle’s Nest was a nightclub that was located above the changing room of the restaurant and pool at the Clearpool complex located on Lamar Avenue.

Eagles Nest above Swimming Club

The Clearpool was an entertainment complex that catered to a country and western swing crowd. The house band was led by Memphis DJ “Sleepy-Eyed” John Lepley, and at one time or another, the house band members included Jim Stewart, Stax Records founder, and Jack Clement, producer at Sun. Elvis performed here 16 times in 1954 before the club fell victim to fire in the late 1960s. This venue was one of the first paying gigs for Elvis and his very first consistent venue at the birth of his career. It was at the Eagle’s Nest that Elvis initially gained notoriety among the teen crowd, who would rush in from the pool to hear Elvis sing and then return outside when the next act came on. This is also where Elvis’ own style began to flourish and he was recognized as something out of the ordinary.

1954 Elvis Presley One of the Earliest Known Concert Performance Posters - Eagle’s Nest

Offered is a hand-painted, cardboard poster that hung at the entrance to the Eagle’s Nest and touts “Memphis’ own Elvis Presley with Scotty & Bill.” The poster is signed and inscribed “I spent a week there one night / Scotty Moore / DJ Fontana” in white ink on the black background.

The poster lists three songs: “Heart Breaker,” “That’s All Right,” and “Good Rockin.” Elvis had released “That’s All Right” and “Good Rockin” with Sun by September of 1954, while he had been using “Heart Breaker” in his set before recording it as “You’re a Heartbreaker” in December 1954. As Elvis’ performances on the Louisiana Hayride began in mid-October, taking his career into the direction of concert performances at other venues in various cities, his appearances at the Eagle’s Nest begin to wane. Elvis’ last two shows at the Eagle’s Nest were on November 17 and December 10, when, given the songs advertised, this poster was likely used. Since no specific date is listed, enabling the poster to be used more than once, this custom example may have even been used to advertise the appearances on both of those nights.

The auction website traces the ownership of the posters over the years, and one owner, Brian Beirne, a famed Los Angeles radio personality, purchased it in the late 80s or early 90s. He then got Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana to autograph it, approximately 35 years after they had performed there.

Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana autographs on Eagles Nest poster

Mr. Beirne says, “I consider this poster one of the true Holy Grails of concert posters.” The auction website said, “This amazingly rare survivor from the club where Elvis’ legend was launched perfectly captures the spirit of the scene from one of the most formative years in Elvis’ career. One of the earliest known Elvis concert posters.”

Bidders certainly must have been impressed, as it sold for $18,750. Wow

 

Here is one last auction item that has an interesting story. You can’t tell from this picture or the one at the beginning of this article that they are actually posters. Big ones – 22 inches by 28 inches. Hey, ladies. Wouldn’t you love to have one of these posters of Elvis hanging on a wall in your house?

1970 Elvis Presley Black-and-White Souvenir Poster 2

The auction website describes them:

“The Colonel would create generic posters of Elvis that could be altered with snips and venue information and used to promote stops on Elvis Presley’s 1970 tour. These generic posters are few and far between, especially in such an exemplary state of preservation as this one. In true Colonel style, the larger-than-life, bewitching image of Elvis graces the full size of the entire poster. This unusual and rare example with printed Elvis inscription …. is very difficult to come by.”

These full-face posters were given by Tom Diskin [Col. Parker’s assistant] to a fan(fans ?) after a Sept 1970 St. Louis, MO. concert appearance.

I think some folks got very good deals on these posters. The one with the brooding Elvis face went for $687, and the one with the microphone at his mouth went for $812.

 

It’s less than five months until the next Auction at Graceland. I can’t wait to see what new special things they will come up with.

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Message from the Blogmeister:

All the available free books have been spoken for.  There were only eight available, so they will go to the first eight people who responded.   I will notify everyone who came in later by email.  Please don’t send in any more requests.

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Second Message from the Blogmeister:

To the folks from Australia, Canada, Brazil, and France who requested a free copy , I am sorry.  I can handle covering the postage to US destinations, but international postal rates are stupid high.

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I cleaned out my office the other day and found four copies of BIG E and the SANTA MAN that can no longer be sold. They have the old front and back cover images that have been replaced on the latest printing with improved artwork. Small revisions have also been incorporated into the text since the first printing.

So, if you would like a free copy of my book, send an email to: philarnold@charter.net.   Include your mailing address and I’ll send you one.

Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover

These books with the old cover also have two changes I have done to make the book more kid friendly. Remember how I said my vision for BIG E and the SANTA MAN was to see it made into an animated Christmas TV special? With that in mind, I had to clean it up a bit. I had to get rid of Santa telling Big E that Mama Claus sometimes gets frisky. Even worse was Big E giving Scrooge the finger. It was perfect for that scene, but sadly, it had to go.

The other thing I felt needed changing in these books with the old cover is the name of one elf in the rock band, the ELVI’s. As I revealed in my promotional posts last year, the elf band is modelled after the Beatles. Mac was Paul McCartney, Jonel was John Lennon, G.H. was George Harrison, and Ringo was Shooter. Not many folks matched up Ringo Starr with Shooter (shooting star), so his name has been changed to Sunny. Star – Sun, get it? Not great, but better.

 

G.H. the Elf as George Harrison

Even though I paired the ELVI’s up with the correct instruments (like G.H. with the bass guitar above), and gave them the same attributes (Mac was the cute ELVI, etc), not many folks figured out my coded references. And almost no one figured out that the songs each one wrote had a title based on a Beatle hit (for example, Jonel’s song was “I am the Egg Man,” a take-off on “I am the Walrus”). So, now the new version has the songs replaced with Christmas-theme titles.

As you can tell, these minor changes in the text do not appreciably distract from the fun of reading the story. So, let me know if you want a free copy.

I ask just one thing in return. After you read the book, would you please go to Amazon and post a review of the book. There are currently eleven 5-star ratings counting one each on Amazon in England and France.

How about that – a super wee book that brings balm to the heart. Love it.

You can never have too many 5-star reviews. And, I’m pretty confident every new reader will love the story, too, so please do an Amazon review if you get one of these copies.

When I ordered my first proof copy with the new cover, I somehow did it with the old text, so it had the stuff mentioned above that was supposed to be corrected. Stupid. That one is available for free, too.

 

There are also three advance-reader copies of BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2 available.

Cover BIG E and the SANTA MAN - Part 2

These copies will give you an idea what writers go through in the editing process. Two copies have extensive hand markings pointing out little problems in the manuscript. One proof-copy never got sent out to one of my writers buddies, so it has all the mistakes but they are unmarked. These copies should distract little from the enjoyment of the story. Of course, the typos, etc. have been fixed in the final edit that went on sale.

So, if you purchased the Part 1 and would like to see how the team of Elvis and Santa handle a new challenge to ruin Christmas, get a free copy of Part 2. And remember to do an Amazon review, please.

Thank you,

Phil Arnold

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Happy 13th Birthday, ElvisBlog

Happy 13th Birthday

For a child, the 13th birthday is a big one – finally becoming a teenager. For ElvisBlog, it means that the first blog devoted to Elvis Presley keeps plugging along. When I started this project in 2005, I really never imagined it would reach 784 posts. How could anyone think of that many different Elvis things to write about?

Dashboard at a Glance

So, I intend to keep plugging along and aim for 1,000 posts. Because a new article is posted every weekend, it should take me four years to get there. Stay tuned.

 

Subscribe to ElvisBlog

There is one area of growth I would like to comment on. The box above appears on the upper right corner of the ElvisBlog home page. In a little over two years,  311 readers have signed up to subscribe to the blog, which means it comes directly to them in their email. They can read it there or double click and get the bigger version on-line.

I know some folks check in sporadically and read up on a bunch of posts. That’s fine, but some articles are timely, prompted by something in the news, so subscribing is the way to get them right as they happen.

Whether you subscribe or visit ElvisBlog when the fancy strikes you, I appreciate your interest. Thank you.

Did you notice the 2,440 comments in the Dashboard box above? The real number is about half that, because my responses are included in the count. I try to answer every comment that comes in, even those about a six or seven year old post. The writers obviously found ElvisBlog through a Google search, and typically the message is something like, “I found a signed Elvis scarf in my dead aunt’s cedar chest. What’s it worth?” So, I advise a couple of places that might provide an answer. And, about one time in twenty will the person send back a thank you.

I’m thinking I might start screening these requests. If they don’t say something nice about ElvisBlog first before asking me to spend my time helping them, maybe they won’t get an answer.

Of course, a lot of comments are interesting and informative. For example, they keep coming in about those photos I posted that I had never seen before. So why not follow-up with another article to share all the tags, explanations and alt pictures you readers have sent in during the past week.  Scroll down to the next post.

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen Before – Part 3

Elvis in Confident Pose

Remember this picture of sharp-looking Elvis from last week.  Alert reader Delores sent this message, “The photo with the number 256, below on the left, is cropped. The original is Elvis talking to Jim Brown on the set of ‘Roustabout.’”  That jogged my memory, and it turns out I already had another photo of them together in my files.

Elvis & Jim Brown

This one had to been taken during the same conversation.  Good catch, Delores.

 

Two weeks ago, I mentioned I could not find any photos of Ginger Alden at Elvis’ funeral.  Well, Bent from Denmark came through again and sent me a link to this picture.

Ginger Alden at Elvis' Funeral

If anyone knows of a photo of Ginger at the funeral that actually shows her face, let me know.

 

Elvis on Typewriter

Remember this picture that alert reader Diana pointed out a phony, with Elvis’ head Photoshopped on Marlon Brando’s body.  I said I didn’t have time to look for the original, and two readers did it for me. Jeanne at the wonderful Facebook page Pompadour sent this picture.

Marlon Brando and Cat

It looks like the Photoshop jockey flipped the image horizontally.

 

Elvis and Cop

I posted this last week without any information about where it was shot.  Delores came through again with this: “The picture with the cop is from Oakland California – June 3, 1956. He is being escorted by Oakland police at Oakland Auditorium.”

 

 

OK, here are some new Elvis photos I had never seen before this week

 

Elvis at Base of Huge Tree

This is a cool shot.  Is that Lisbeth Scott, Elvis’ costar in Loving You, in the middle?  The tree is sitting on a concrete slab, so can it even be living?

 

Elvis Pondering

Is this Elvis deeply pondering something or in a pose during a stage performance?  Anybody know?

 

Elvis Bowing

What a terrific photo.  I hope nobody writes to tell me it is Photoshopped.  I hope someone does write to advise when and where it was taken.

 

Vernon and Elvis At Graceland after Gladys' death

This is obviously a real picture of Elvis and his dad.  The tag on Pinterest said it was taken at Graceland after his mama’s death.  If you study the emotional pain on Vernon and Elvis’ faces, it sure sounds like the right description.  What a sad time they went through.

 

 

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Some Elvis Pictures I’ve Never Seen – Part 2

Elvis Drawing on Bald Head

Last weekend’s ElvisBlog post generated the most immediate comments I’ve ever seen (other than the get well wishes after my wife’s surgery).  It seems that posting Elvis pictures I find on Pinterest can be tricky, especially the ones that don’t have any tags explaining what they are.

 

Playing Football with Glasses on

Like this one.  I assumed it was Elvis playing football, but three different readers informed me it was Johnny Harra.  You may remember he played the role of Elvis at age 42 in the movie “This is Elvis.”  (There were three other actors playing Elvis at different ages.)  I guess this picture is a clip from the movie, but I haven’t seen it in ages and can’t remember.

 

Elvis and Dog

When I posted this one, I said I hoped it wasn’t Photoshopped, because I liked it so much.  Well, my good friend, blogger Troy Yeary, got out the magnifying glass and did some detective work.  He reported, “Unfortunately, as you suspected, the one with the dog has to be a fake because he is wearing a Jeff Gordon #24 NASCAR collar, and Gordon did not start racing until the early 1990s.”  Good catch, Troy.

 

Linda Thompson at Elvis' funeral She wore THAT

Two readers commented on this shot of Linda Thompson at Elvis’ funeral.  Frequent commenter Tracey (aka Fluffy Sprout) wrote this:  “On the picture of Linda at Elvis’ funeral, she said this was a favorite dress that Elvis had bought her, and that he loved her wearing it whenever she was with Elvis.”  So, maybe it’s not as inappropriate as I thought.

Priscilla at Elvis' Funeral

Out of curiosity, I searched for photos to see what Priscilla wore at the funeral.  This hazy shot looks like it was taken by a fan, and it supposedly shows Priscilla being led forward by group of men.

Priscilla and Lisa Marie at Elvis' funeral

This photo was tagged, “Priscilla and Lisa Marie at Elvis’ funeral.”  Does that look like Priscilla’s profile?

For what it’s worth, I scrolled through dozens of Elvis funeral photographs, and I couldn’t find one with Ginger Alden in it.

 

Elvis Making a Face in Blue Hawaii

I mentioned that this picture was tagged as G.I. Blues on Pinterest, and that the Army insignia seemed to verify that.  Two readers knew better, and one pinned down the actual movie scene.

“The one of Elvis  in uniform sticking out his tongue is not from G.I. Blues, it’s from Blue Hawaii. Elvis and Joan went in the water at his old shack on the beach and a little boy came up to them, and Elvis asked him if the cat got his tongue.”

 

Gladys' Father and Mother

This photo generated the longest ElvisBlog comment ever.  It came from Jeanne Kendall, a true Elvis expert and the force behind Pomadour, a wonderful Facebook page celebrating Elvis and Elvis Tribute Artists.

Hi Phil!  Great blog, as usual!

Yes, that is a photo of Gladys’ parents, Bob and Doll Smith.  I post it on Pompadour every year on their Anniversary along with this info that you might find interesting:

Bob Smith (1873-1931) was the son of White Mansell’s sister, Ann.

Ann Mansell was a striking woman of dignity and stature, a commanding presence until her death at eighty-six. Bob Smith and Doll Mansell, Elvis Presley’s maternal grandparents, were first cousins. This was a genetic intensification, a doubling, of the family lineage. The marrying of first cousins, with its intensities and possibility for dysfunction, was common in insulated communities of the agrarian South.

Like Doll, Bob Smith was very handsome, his Indian blood evidenced in a noble brow, good bone structure, even features and dark, deep-set eyes. His black hair was dark as coal. Doll would be bedridden from tuberculosis throughout the marriage. Like his uncle and father-in-law, White Mansell, Bob Smith labored long and hard as a sharecropper, and occasional moonshiner, to support his invalid wife and eight children. The noose of poverty tightened on the family, and on Elvis’ mother, Gladys Love Smith (1912-1958) who was born on April 25, 1912.

In 1931, when Gladys was 19 her father Bob Smith died. It was completely sudden and unexpected. Everyone had expected the sick ‘Doll’ to die first. As was his request he was buried in an unmarked grave.

So Gladys did not have a strong role model in a mother, and Vernon did not have a strong bond with his father. Both these facts would impact heavily on Elvis Presley’s life.

[www.elvis.com.au/presley/biography/elvis_presley_family_history.shtml]

I hope all is going well with Beverly’s recovery.  Take care,

Jeanne (Pompadour: A Tribute to Tribute Artists)

Thank you, Jeanne (and also to the original writer at elvis.com.au.)

 

Hands on Elvis' Butt

Three people wrote to tell me this was not Elvis.  The best came from Merjin, a reader from the Netherlands:  “That last one is an ETA. The suit resembles the first (stone) Arabian suit, but is different.  Belt looks like a fantasy Target suit belt.  No Elvis!”

 

Elvis on Typewriter

Only one person challenged this as a Photoshopped phony.  The specific comment was:  “The one with the cat is a big fake.  I believe the original is of Marlon Brando and his ugly arm (not to be mistaken ever for Elvis’ beautiful one).”  Interesting.  There may be something to that, but I just don’t have time to look for a Marlon Brando original.

 

If anyone has more information on the photos posted last week, please put them on Comments.  Now, let’s look as some more pics that certainly seem to be the real deal.

 

 

 

14-year-old Priscilla and Elvis met while doing his service in Germany

The tag says this is 14-year-old Priscilla Elvis sitting with Elvis in Germany.  No wonder Elvis was attracted to her.  Very pretty.

 

Elvis with His Arms Up

There was no tag on this, and I have no idea what’s going on.  Somebody help us out here.

 

scene where Presley sings Viva Las Vegas is performed in one single unedited shot—the only known example of such a technique in Presley's movie career.

I picked this image partly because of the detailed caption:  “The scene where Elvis Presley sings Viva Las Vegas is performed in one single unedited shot—the only known example of such a technique in Presley’s movie career.”  I wonder who keeps track of this kind of stuff.

 

 

Elvis in Confident Pose

We’ll see two shots back-to-back that show Elvis’ body posture in different situations.  Above he looks super-cool and confident.

 

Elvis and Cop

Here he looks a little gawky.   I guess the policeman was part of security leading to/from a venue.  Anybody know?

 

Handsome Elvis in Fringe Jumpsuit

Now that’s a handsome man.

 

Elvis Making a Face

Oh, well, not every candid shot can be flattering.

 

Elvis and Ann Margtret in Viva Las Vegas

Hey, that’s not Priscilla.  It’s Ann Margret. There was an interesting tag, but I did some detective work myself.  The tag said, “Viva Las Vegas. A week later, Ann Margret married Roger Smith. The following week Elvis married Priscilla in Las Vegas at the MGM Hotel.”

Actually, Elvis and Priscilla married first on May 1, 1967.  Ann Margret and Roger Smith married a week later on May 8, 1967.  But Viva Las Vegas was filmed in 1963 and released the following year.  There sure is a lot of mis-information about Elvis on the internet.

 

Jane Elliot and Elvis Goofing Around Backstage Change of Habit

Here’s a movie-related picture with a tag I can completely believe:  “Jane Elliot and Elvis Goofing Around Backstage During the Filming of Change of Habit.

 

Elvis and Plywood Artwork August 1973

We’ll close with one last shot of Elvis looking really handsome.

Handsome Elvis August 1973

Now look at him with the plywood artwork cropped out and his face resized 20% bigger.

Someday I’ll be cruising through Elvis photos on Google Images or Pinterest, and I’ll find this one.  I’ll enjoy seeing that it came from ElvisBlog.

 

 

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