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Al Wertheimer Reflects on Photographing “The Kiss”

Two weeks ago I reposted an article from the ElvisBlog archives.  It took about 10 minutes to do, compared to 6-8 hours to create a new one.  I chose it partly because it contained content that never showed up on any other Elvis websites.

I have other old posts that also contain exclusive material, so let’s dust them off.  Today’s post appeared back in August 2011.  As you read on, you will see why these comments from Al Wertheimer are so unique.  I think you will really enjoy this.

 

No matter what network you watch the news on, you probably saw a feature two weeks ago about the newly revealed identity of the girl in “The Kiss,” Alfred Wertheimer’s iconic Elvis photo. She is Charleston, SC resident Barbara (Bobbi) Gray, who is now 75. “The Kiss” was photographed in 1956, so it took 55 years for her identity to be revealed.

Al Wertheimer Holding The Kiss

Al Wertheimer Holding “The Kiss”

 

If you would like to read the whole story, there is a lengthy article on Vanity Fair.com by noted author Alanna Nash.

  

Five years ago, I did six hours of phone interviews with Al Wertheimer as research for an article I wrote for Elvis International magazine. The article was a 50th anniversary look at the time Al spent with Elvis in 1956 and all those images he took of the future King of Rock. The interview was preserved on tape, and a short portion of it dealt with the history of “The Kiss” photo. Alfred has kindly given me permission to reproduce his recollections here.

First, a little history.  From June 29 to July 4, 1956, Alfred Wertheimer spent nearly every waking moment around Elvis.  Colonel Parker had not yet clamped down on the media with strictly limited access to his star.  Wertheimer was with Elvis for the Steve Allen Show rehearsal and telecast, two concerts in Richmond, a major recording session at RCA Victor (“Hound dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel”) three long train rides, an afternoon with Elvis’ family at their home, and a big holiday concert in Memphis.

Wertheimer took photographs almost constantly and finished with 2500 ‘commercially viable’ (his words) photographs.   After he teamed up with EPE, his Elvis photographs have adorned calendars, coffee mugs, T-shirts, and dozens of other collectibles.

“The Kiss” was photographed between shows at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, VA on June 29.   Wertheimer took all shots in black-and-white, and he used only natural light, no flash bulbs. This enabled him to be as inconspicuous as possible, and Elvis mostly paid him no attention as he clicked away.

 

 Al Wertheimer Reflects on the Snapping of “The Kiss”

 

We were between shows. I’m down at stage level, and I look down this long narrow passage and I see these two figures at the end. There is still light enough [to take photographs] because there is a small window at the far end. It’s probably around 6PM, so there’s still a certain amount of light left. There’s a 50 watt bulb over their heads.

It was like, “Leave me alone, give me some privacy, this is what I want to do, stay away.”

But, I’m thinking, “A true journalist wants to get the story. And, the story is right there. A very stark hallway, a little light, two silhouettes… ” So, I decide to be a human tripod and lean up against the wall. There’s a railing going back.

She’s on her tippy-toes, and even on her tippy-toes, she only reached Elvis’ chin, so she must have been around all of 4 foot 10. With her 3 inch heels and whatever she finally gets up to his chin area. Elvis is about 6 feet.

I squeeze a few frames off and then I say, “Well, I think I’ll take a chance. However, (You know, this is all going on in my mind) if Elvis doesn’t like it, he may ask me to leave. Well, that would cut my story short and I wouldn’t want that to happen.” But, then I say, “But he wouldn’t do that. (You know, I’m playing all the characters in my mind) He’s involved with the girl. He wouldn’t do that. Take a chance, Al”

I move in three or four feet, I take another shot. And then I go Hollywood. I say, “Well, this is not too good an angle. I can get a better angle than that.” So, I climb up on the handrail, and now I’m three feet away from them. Elvis is up against the wall while she is sort of in his arms.

And now I’m clicking away and they still don’t see me. Totally oblivious to me. I now get courage, so now I’m doing like acrobatics with my legs, leaning forward. I’m practically on top of their heads.

I’m shooting another couple of clicks, or like the British would say, knocking off a couple more snaps. “

So, then I just sort of got everything I could get from that particular point of view, and I kind of back off six or seven feet. I’m having a conference with myself, and I’m saying, “The real angle is past them on the landing slightly below where they are standing.” It’s like two steps down and there’s a landing going down.

So, I decide to be like the building superintendant. I kind of walk up to them and say, “Excuse me. I’m coming through,” in like a very official maintenance man tone. I finally settle myself comfortably on that landing area that’s about eight or ten feet beyond them. Now, the light is coming over my shoulder into their faces, so I’m getting front light rather than back light. And the 50 watt bulb is still over their heads.

And then she finally puts her pocketbook down. Elvis has been trying to kiss this lady for a while. He’s tried everything. She now was feeling like well maybe she might give in. So she puts her pocketbook down and they are cuddling real tight.

She says, “Elvis, I’ll bet you can’t kiss me.” So, she sticks out her tongue, you know, sort-of maybe half way.

He says in a very cool manner, “I’ll bet I can.” So, he sticks out his tongue and first he moves too fast. He moves in too fast and bends her nose. So, then he backs up like nothing ever happened. Backs up and comes in a second time, and barely touches the tip of her tongue.

This is really like something two ten-year-olds would do. [laughs]

And, I’ve been accused of taking the most erotic kiss ever!!

So, anyway, the kiss takes place. I said to myself, “I’ve got the story. That’s it. I can’t do better than that. So, why don’t I take on my maintenance man’s attitude again and come by them once more and go out to the stage area.

“Excuse me. Coming through.” [Laughs]

 

From a photographer’s standpoint, Alfred truly did get the story. He never dreamed there would be a second story 55 years later, about the girl in “The Kiss.” And, I think his recollection of how the image came about is another really good story.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this visit to the ElvisBlog archives as much as I did.  Al Wertheimer was the subject of seven other posts, and there may be more exclusive stuff in some of them.  If so, I’ll repost them sometime this year.

Elvis… The Movie Kisses — Part 2

Before I continue this pictorial essay on Elvis kissing his leading ladies, I’d like to share a slight change in the plan to end ElvisBlog. Last week I mentioned how I am going to miss posting articles on the blog. Stopping cold-turkey looked tough for me to do.

Also last week, when Rod Blagojevitch was all over the news, I reposted an article about him from 2011. Not only was it timely, it also was unique because no other Elvis website had dug deep like I did to get the news and photos of Blago’s life-size statue of Elvis.

That prompted me to find out how many old ElvisBlog posts were special like that and worthy of repeating. I found quite a few.

So, because my blog platform and URL are paid up until the end of the year, I will occasionally repost some of the best of ElvisBlog. This includes posts on Humes High School, Al Wertheimer and several other good topics dating back 8-10 years, so many of you probably missed them the first time.

 

Now, here’s the rest of my collection of photos of Elvis kissing his leading ladies.

Girl Happy

 

Mary Ann Mobley

Shelley Fabares

 

Tickle Me

 


Jocelyn Lane

 

Harum Scarum

 

Fran Jeffres

Mary Ann Mobley

 

Frankie and Johnny

 

Donna Douglas

 

Paradise, Hawaiian Style

 

Susanna Leigh

 

Spinout

 

Deborah Walley

Diane McBain

Shelley Fabares

 

Easy Come, Easy Go

 

Dodie Marshall

 

Double Trouble

 

Annette Day

 

Clambake

 

Shelley Fabares

 

Stay Away Joe

 

Quentin Dean

 

Speedway

 

Nancy Sinatra

 

Live A Little, Love A Little

 

Celeste Yarnall

Michelle Carey

 

Charro

 

Ina Balin

 

The Trouble With Girls

 

Marilyn Mason

 

Change of Habit

 

Mary Tyler Moore (This is as close as they got to kissing)

 

I don’t know that any other Elvis website has done a pictorial on this subject. And I’m glad there are some other unique posts in the ElvisBlog archives for me to share with you throughout the rest of the year.

 

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A Great Rod Blagojevitch and Elvis Story

Blago got his prison term commuted today.  I think you will really like this repeat of a post from June 2011.

 

You have probably seen the news that former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including trying to sell President Obama’s Senate seat.  Experts say he could get ten to fifteen years in jail.

Blago is now the poster boy for scumbag politicians, but he does have one good quality.  He is a real Elvis fan.  After the verdict was announced, he faced reporters outside the courthouse.  When asked how he felt, Blago replied, “My hands are shakin’ and my knees are weak, I can’t even stand on my own two feet.”  You good Elvis fans know these lines are from “All Shook Up.”  

 

ElvisBlog has mentioned Blago twice before, once to show this very poor Photoshop picture of him in the outfit from the Jailhouse Rock dance scene.  Maybe it isn’t Photoshop.  It looks like a cut-and-paste job using scissors and glue.


When the scandal broke in 2009, two Chicago newspaper reporters were aware of Blago’s fondness for Elvis.  They thought it would be fun to see how many Elvis song titles they could list that made reference to Blago’s troubles.  They came up with: “A Fool Such As I,” “Put the Blame on Me,” “Suspicious Minds,” “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “There Goes My Everything,” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”  How in the world did they ever leave out “Jailhouse Rock?”

It may be hard to believe, but there is another interesting Blago/Elvis connection.  Check out the picture below.  This is a shot showing the area directly behind Blago’s desk when he was Governor of Illinois.  Backed by a bright window and framed by the lush drapes is an outstanding statue of Elvis.

 

Look at the detail work on this thing.  You can imagine it cost some big bucks.


We can also assume it is still among his prized possessions, wherever he moved it to after leaving the Governor’s mansion.

However, Blago has been stretched financially by legal fees, etc., and he got behind on payments for some storage units last year.  The owners of the storage company also knew Blago was a big Elvis fan.  When Blago got a full year behind, they decided to apply a little Chicago-style persuasion on him.  They threatened to auction off his other statue of Elvis Presley, a life-sized one.

                         


Actually, they announced they would auction all of Blago’s belongings in seven wooden storage boxes to cover the back rent.  But, his Elvis statue was the only thing they dragged out to get Blago’s attention.  I guess he came up with the cash, because there was no follow up news of the auction actually happening.

One thing for sure, Rod Blagovetich won’t have either of his Elvis statues with him in that prison cell.  Maybe he’ll end up with a big ugly cellmate who thinks Blago’s stylish hairdo is really cute. That ought to make his hands shake and his knees get weak.

 

That was one of my favorite posts, so I’m glad I had a reason to repeat it here at the end.

 

Coming this weekend:  The Movie Kisses — Part 2.

 

 

©  2011    Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister    All Rights Reserved    www.ElvisBlog.net
 

Elvis, Elvis Presley, and Graceland are registered trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

More Elvis Stuff That Needs A Good Home

For fifteen years I have been diligent about putting up a post every weekend. Now that things are nearing the end, I guess I’m stretching it out. I’m having some anxiety about not doing this anymore.

Anyway, there will be three last posts. Next will be a regular post – Elvis… The Movie Kisses: Part 2. And then I’ll post some kind of parting thoughts. I have a solid reference for this because my friend Alan Hanson wrote a great good bye when he shut down his Elvis History Blog in December.

For now, here are some new items to consider. I’ll write a little about each one, to make it interesting even if you’re not buying.

Four Elvis Calendars

Top left is s still-sealed 2003 Calendar. It has ten shots from his movies and two from the Army days.

Top right is a still-sealed 2002 calendar. It has 16 color photos of Elvis in the movies, the ’68 Special, movie promo pictures, and one from an early photo session.

The TV Guide calendar for 2009 is interesting. There are reproductions of 16 TV Guides with Elvis on the cover.

And last, we have a 16 month 2007 calendar with all Al Wertheimer photos. They used two or three that I never saw before.

$15 for all four

 

8-Packs of Elvis International Magazines

 

Note:  All five groups of Elvis International magazines are sold.

Each pack contains a mixed selection of issues fro the early 90s to 2009.

 

 

$15 for each group of 8 magazines.

 

Six Bootleg Concert CDs

Note:  This set has been sold.

 

This selection includes:

Opening Night Las Vegas International Hotel, 1969
Pearl Harbor Show 1961
Louisiana Hayride, Frank Sinatra Show 1960
Little Rock Concert, May 16, 1956
Live in Las Vegas, August 24, 1969
Tupelo Concert, Sept 26, 1956

In this collection you get to compare Elvis’ early stuff against his Vegas shows. When he first returned to live performances, Elvis’ sang more of his 50’s hits than he did the later concerts.

$15 for all six

 

18 Full-Page Elvis Pictures

Note:  This set has been sold.

 

These are all 8-1/2” x 11”. They are big outstanding Elvis pictures saved from Elvis International magazines

$10 for all 18.

 

Elvis Presley Comic Books

Elvis Shrugged is a satire based on Ayn Rand’s magnum opus “Atlas Shrugged.” You may recognize on the cover Madonna, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, Willie Nelson and others. Very rare set.

$15 for all three.

 

The Elvis Presley Experience tells the story of his life in comic book form. There is a bit of sci-fi stuff at the beginning before the real story begins. I have Part 1 about Elvis’ early days up until he signed with Col. Parker.  I don’t have Parts 2-5. Part 6 covers the’68 Special, Las Vegas, the split with Priscilla, and finally his death.  Part 7 is all fiction about a far-out cosmic return to the stage.

$10 for all three.

 

The Archives of Graceland Official Auction Catalog

Note:  This catalog has been sold.

 

This auction was held by Guernsey’s Auctioneers in October, 1999 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The book has 284 pages of stuff Elvis owned in his life. There are one, two, or three photos on every page. There is a long paragraph describing each item and recounting Elvis’ history with it. It even includes estimates of the amount everything is expected to bring at auction. You will find it fascinating reading.

$12

 

Elvis Centerfolds

   

 I wish my crummy camera would show how sharp and bright these images are. 11” x 17” on heavy-weight, slick paper. Also from Elvis International magazines.

$10 for all four.

 

Six-pack of CDs

The Legacy of Sun Records has 14 covers of classic Sun songs by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, and others. ELVIS 56 contains 22 songs Elvis released in 1956, including B-sides and album cuts. Next is a CD with a cover that looks like an old 45 in a plain sleeve. It has three songs. All The King’s Men has Scotty and D.J. teaming up with the likes of Keith Richards, Cheap Trick, Ronnie McDowell on eleven original songs. Fill Me With Love is a unique CD inside a round metal case. It contains twelve Elvis songs from the early years. ELVIIS 2ND To None is a copy I made of Elvis’ 2004 CD. It contains 29 songs that were hits but did not reach #1.

$10 for all six.

 

Elvis Impersonator Yard Nome

An ElvisBlog reader told me she owns one of these. This is 13 inches tall and weighs a lot. Postage is going to kill me.

$10

 

If you want one of these offered items, let me know by email at philarnold@charter.net. Please don’t put it in Comments. Do indicate if you want a PayPal invoice, and I’ll get one right out. If you’d rather pay by check, I’ll hold your selection for you until it arrives.

Thank you so much for your support.

 

Elvis… The Movie Kisses

OK, ladies. Here’s a post you should like a lot. I’ve been collecting photos of Elvis kissing his lovely costars for years. Here they are:

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Love Me Tender

 

Debra Paget

 

Loving You

 

Delores Hart

 

Lizabeth Scott

 

Unnamed Teenage Groupie

 

Jailhouse Rock

 

Judy Tyler

 

Jennifer Holden

 

King Creole

 

Carolyn Jones

Delores Hart

 

G.I. Blues

 

Juliet Prowse

 

Fraulein in Nightclub

 

Flaming Star

 

Elvis did not kiss anyone in Flaming Star. This publicity photo makes it look like he and Barbara Eden are about to kiss, but she played his brother’s fiancé in the movie.

 

 

Wild In the Country

 

Tuesday Weld

 

Hope Lange

 

Blue Hawaii

 

Stewardess On Plane to Hawaii

 

Student

 

Joan Blackman

 

Follow That Dream

 

Anne Helm

 

Kid Galahad

 

Joan Blackman

 

Girls, Girls, Girls

 

Laurel Goodwin

 

It Happened at the World’s Fair

 

Joan O’Brien

 

Yvonne Craig… (My favorite)

 

Fun in Acapulco

 

Ursula Andress

 

Kissin’Cousins

 

Yvonne Craig

 

Cynthia Pepper

 

Viva Las Vegas

 

Ann-Margret

 

Roustabout

 

Joan Freeman

 

Sue Ane Langdon

 

 

That’s about half of Elvis’ movies. Let’s end it here and do a Part 2 next week. That will be a good way finish up.

 

 

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More Elvis Collectibles That Need Good Homes

We’ll start with three different Elvis stamp sets for you to consider. Last week, the “Elvis” stamp package sold super quick, but did you know there is a much rarer “Elvis Presley” stamp?

The Elvis Presley Stamp:

   

It was issued only as part of the Legends of Rock n’ Roll series.

The picture on the left is the flyer that was in Post Offices promoting these special Legends of Rock ‘n Roll stamps. Sorry my photo is so bad. Next are 10 of the stamps. And then, six complete strips of eight stamps, with two Elvis Presley stamps, first and last of each strip.

Here are the other six singers featured on the strips of Rock n’ Roll legends. I’m not sure why Dinah Washington was picked. Why not Little Richard, Fats Domino, or Chuck Berry?

Compared to the millions of “Elvis” stamps, only a tiny quantity of the “Elvis Presley” stamp was issued, making them more valuable as a collectable. Plus there is $16.82 worth of usable stamps in this set.

A bargain at $23.

 

The Third Elvis Stamp:

Back in 2015, the USPS decided to go for a third Elvis stamp. Unlike the 1993 Elvis stamp, the image is a photograph, not a drawing, and it is in black and white not color.

The shot they chose for the new stamp was taken by professional Memphis photographer William Speer in March 1955.

During that period, local DJ and concert promoter Bob Neal acted as Elvis’ manager. Neal decided Elvis needed some publicity stills to help launch his budding career, so he sent him over to William Speer’s studio.

The Postal Service got clever again with this Elvis Stamp. They made a sheet of 16 peel-off Elvis stamps even more attractive by putting this Al Wertheimer photograph on the flip side of the slick backing paper. It looks very much like a picture sleeve for an old 45 record. That image is enhanced on the back side with the stamps by putting what looks like the top of a 45 sticking of the pseudo-picture-sleeve. A very nice touch.

So, I am offering two of these 16-stamp sets. The stamps cost 49¢ in 2015, but they are Forever Stamps and are now worth 55¢. That’s $19.60 worth of stamps, and who knows what that will be after a few more Postal Service rate hikes. So, you can get a great Elvis collectible that will also increase in value.

$15 per set
$25 for both sets.

 

Foreign Stamps:

Note:  This item has been sold.

 

These stamps look much better than my photograph shows. Top left is a nine-stamp block of Elvis stamps issued in Antigua to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his death. They are part of a commemorative display with a large version of the stamp, Elvis’ replicated autograph, and a short biography.

Next is a special envelope and stamp from Guyana. Printed on the envelope is a box showing the date of issue, Elvis’ 61st birthday. The stamp is embossed silver foil and is postmarked Jan 8 1996.

On the right are twenty stamps, two each from Grenada, Gambia, Bequia, Liberia, Maldives, Martinique, Antigua, St. Vincent, and four from Guyana.

Just $15 for all.

 

 

Next, here are some magazines and special newspapers.

 

Midnight Globe:

Note:  This item has been sold.

 

There are five Midnight Globes from 1977 and three from 1978. Several are about Elvis secrets and psychic readings about him. I suppose the cover photo of Dee Stanley Presley was the highlight of her efforts to benefit from her connection to Elvis. Interesting pictures of young John Travolta, Sam Elliott, and Priscilla.

All eight for $15.

 

National Enquirer:

These four National Enquirers are all from 1977, and the one with the sad face actually was published in April before Elvis’ death.

$10 for all.

 

Five-Magazine Special:

 

The LIFE magazine is from June 1980. It contains six full-pages of photos and commentary by author Albert Goldman. The magazine has seen some wear.

   

ELVIS The King is in very good shape. It was published in 1977 after his death and contains 100 pages (no ads). There are six articles, but probably 80% of the magazine is photographs. There were quite a few of them that I have never seen on the web, which is surprising because I have spent about a million hours on there looking at Elvis photos.

This 1981 Rolling Stone magazine above has a five-page article by Albert Goodman, excerpted from his book “Elvis.” It also has one photo that was new to me.

This 1987 Rolling Stone magazine also has five Elvis pages. The cover says, “Rare Elvis Photos, and that may have been true of all of them when it was published. As I see them now in 2020, there are still two that I don’t remember seeing anywhere else.

Both of the Rolling Stone magazines are in fine shape.

40 Years of Rock & Roll was published in 1992. Elvis get plenty of attention, but the pictures and articles about all those singers and groups on the cover (and many more) are really good, too. There are 118 pages, and the magazine is in excellent shape.

Five rare magazines for just $20.

 

August 17, 1977 Elvis Hometown Newspapers from the Day After His Death:

 

This is the hometown Tupelo newspaper. I’ve seen the Memphis papers for August 17, 1977, for sale several times, but the one from Tupelo is much rarer. Naturally, I looked it up on the internet to see what kind of prices it was going for. The only price I could find was this:

That seems kind of crazy, but it did confirm how rare this item is.

The Tupelo Daily Journal did something strange with their coverage of Elvis’ death. They devoted the majority of space on the front page and page on 15 to it. So, this special section is actually numbered pages 1, 14, 2, and 15. It is in generally good condition except for one tiny torn out piece.

I’m probably selling this way too cheap, but it can be yours for $40.

 

Note:  This item has been sold.

This is the Memphis morning newspaper. I don’t know how they put together such an impressive 12-page special edition about Elvis in such short time. There are two editorials and even an editorial cartoon. I guess cartoon is the wrong name because the picture was properly somber. There are tons of pictures, including 14 in color.

$20

 

Note:  This item has been sold.

This was Memphis’ afternoon paper in 1977, so they had time to get lots of photos and expressions of love from fans who had gathered at Graceland.. This tribute to Elvis was also 12 pages crammed full of stories and pictures, and no ads. There were two editorials, one local and one nationally syndicated. It has an article you may have not known about – a car crashed into mourners and killed two people.

This copy is in very good shape.

A lot of good stuff for $20.

 

If you want one of these offered items, let me know by email at philarnold@charter.net. Please don’t put it in Comments. Do indicate if you want a PayPal invoice, and I’ll get one right out. If you’d rather pay by check, I’ll hold your selection for you until it arrives.

Thank you so much for your support.

The Unused Movie Pictures

 

Back in 2010, when I realized G.I. Blues was about to have its 50th anniversary, I decided to do a pictorial post on it. Then the idea quickly changed to a regular feature when each successive movie reached the 50-year mark.

The problem with this plan was that it was too late to do Elvis’ first four movies. Their 50th anniversaries were already in the past, but I collected their photos anyway.

So, let’s look at them, now.

 

Love Me Tender:

 

I like Elvis’ look in this. If it is a colorized photo, somebody did a good job. Note that it came from Romania. Folks everywhere love Elvis.

 

Check out the center poster. It says, “Don’t Die Elvis Presley.” I guess she heard that Elvis died at the end of the movie and was protesting it.

 

One thing for sure, Elvis never again had a co-star that looked this handsome.

 

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Something really funny must have been said, because Richard Egan and Elvis are laughing big time.

 

Although “Love Me Tender” was a straight up cowboy movie, Elvis did sing four songs and showed a little of his stage moves to the family out on the front porch.

 

This must have been during a break in filming, and Elvis killed some time playing around on a banjo. He doesn’t play it in the movie.

 

I’ve seen “Love Meat Tender” in other spoofs, but this has to be the first and it was actually hung in a meat market, not created on a computer.

 

I have a caption. “You ain’t nuthing but a hound dog. Been snoopin’ round my door.”

Of course those are the original Big Mama Thornton lyrics. Elvis changed them to “crying all the time.”

 

Loving You

 

I just love this shot of Elvis. What a spectacular stage move. And it looks like Elvis really got the Jordanaires jacked up, too.

 

There are two cool things about this picture. The first is the way Elvis looks. Great shot.

The other is that Vernon and Gladys are in the audience for this concert. They are on screen so briefly that you don’t have a chance to think about how unrealistic it would be to have two middle-aged folks seated in the midst of bunch of screaming teenagers.

 

Elvis talked to his mom during a break in filming. I don’t know why these first three photos are in black-and-white because the movie was in color.

 

This is a great scene where Elvis gets into a fight with a heckler after singing “Mean Woman Blues.” Music videos didn’t exist in 1957, but this scene would have made an outstanding one.

 

I have a caption for this photo. “After filming ends for the day, Elvis and his costar head to his trailer to study their lines.”

 

This scene is so much fun. That groupie really tried hard to have her way with Elvis.

 

Jailhouse Rock

 

As publicity shots go, this one of Elvis and Judy Tyler is pretty good. The shadings of green really improve the black and white photo.

 

Do you remember this scene with the loud-mouth heckler? Elvis shut him up big time. Sorry that the girl got so scared, too.

 

Elvis really had the hair going in this shot, didn’t he?

 

Here’s another illustration of the great facial expressions Elvis made in his movies.

 

The tag on this said it was “Blocking out a shot.”

 

I rotated this picture 90% to check, and I believe that is Elvis, not a stuntman.

 

King Creole

 

This is a very clever concept. Without words, this poster lets you know that Elvis has something going on with two different ladies. One is young and innocent, and the is older and tempting.

 

Now Elvis is with four women. The one the left is his character’s sister Mimi, but who is the one with the banana-skin costume?

 

Here she is again.  Do you remember her part?

She was a dancer named Forty Nina, who had been the club’s favorite performer until Elvis came along.  Forty Nina.  Fun name.

 

I like this poster, but Elvis’ left hand looks really big. The black leather coat looks suspiciously like the one in the ’68 Special.

 

Elvis can look cool just hanging out on a French Quarter balcony.

 

Elvis kissing Carolyn Jones. That leads us to next week –a look at Elvis kissing several dozen women.

 

 

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