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Elvis Movie Posters – from Italy

I stumbled upon an Italian website that features the Elvis movie posters used in that country. Of course, the titles were in Italian, and often the poster pictures were nothing like the ones used in America.

Like this one. The picture shows Richard Egan and Deborah Paget as the main actors, with a smaller insert of Elvis. That’s enough to figure out that the movie is Love Me Tender. Back in early 1956, Elvis wasn’t  yet the phenomenon in Italy like he was in the US, so they went with the actors they knew.

However, the Italians changed the title, too. Fratelli Rivaldi translates to Rival Brothers. This isn’t too far off base, because the original title of the movie was The Reno Brothers. Still, you have to wonder why they didn’t use the translation for Love Me Tender, which is Amami Tereramente.


This picture wasn’t even on any lobby cards in America, but it made the main poster in Italy. However, Paese Salvaggio is the direct translation for Wild In The Country.

As a side note, I’ve always wished Elvis ended up with Tuesday Weld in this movie. She’s one of my favorite Elvis co-stars, and she really looks cute in this picture.


You have to study this one for a while to figure out what movie it is. The drawing of Elvis is almost unrecognizable, but Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau at the bottom gives away that this is King Creole. The Italians must have not liked that title, so they used La Vie Del Male, which translates to The Bad Way. That certainly fits King Creole’s plot.


This is an easy one – if you remember Café Europa was the name of the nightclub where Juliet Prowse performed in G.I. Blues. Maybe the G.I. reference would have confused the Italian movie-goers.


This is some kind of composite picture the Italians put together for Kissin’ Cousins. Look hard and you can see both Elvises on the straw. They also changed the title to Il Monte di Venere, which means Mountain of Love. That’s a pretty good alternative choice because the story took place on Pappy Tatum’s mountain.


This picture gives you a good clue that this movie is Flaming Star. Stella di Fuoco is a direct translation.



Elvis’ white suit, blue shirt, and white tie can be remembered from just one movie – The Trouble with Girls, correctly translated in Italian to Guai Con Le Ragazze.

Another side note: This is the Elvis movie I have seen fewer times than all the rest. One time, and I can’t even remember if I liked it or not.


This is the movie that led me to the Italian website with all these posters. The picture is an interesting composite of clips from the film Jailhouse Rock. But apparently the Italians didn’t like the direct translation of Casa Carere Rock. Instead they used Il Delinquente del Rock ‘n Roll, which is easy to figure out. I guess there are no Italian words for Rock ’n Roll.



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Elvis 30-Year Timeline

In 2007, Darwin Lamm, editor of Elvis the Magazine, asked me to compile a timeline of the main events in Elvis world since his death.  It took a lot of work to put it together, so I am happy to get a second use of it here on ElvisBlog.  There are no photos, just a lot of text, which is generally considered a bad thing for keeping the reader’s attention. But, I think you will find it interesting enough to read it to the end.



Elvis left the building for good thirty years ago, but he has continued to be a part of our collective consciousness.  Never does a year go by without something happening that is Elvis-related: something to remind us once again of this incredible icon.  Here is a timeline of these events:


The beginnings of Elvis Week. Hundreds of fans found themselves drawn to Memphis and the gates of Graceland. They spent the evening of August 16 talking and reminiscing with each other and burning candles.
-Elvis was inducted into the Playboy magazine Musical Hall of Fame.


The movie Elvis starring Kurt Russel was broadcast on February 11. Produced by Dick Clark, Elvis beat Gone With The Wind in the ratings.
-Vernon Presley died on June 23 at age 63. He was buried at Graceland next to Elvis and Gladys.


A brass statue of Elvis was unveiled on Beale St. in Memphis.
-Minnie Mae Presley, Vernon’s mother, died at age 86.


The book Elvis by Albert Goodman was published. Various reviews labeled it gossip, pure crap, and the worst hatchet job known to man.
-Nine states proclaim January 8 as “Elvis Presley Day.”
-The TV movie Elvis and the Beauty Queen starring Don Johnson aired on NBC on March 1.
-The movie This Is Elvis premiered in theaters on April 3. Later, 43 extra minutes were added for the video release.


Graceland opened to the public.
-Col. Parker signs a deal with EPE to relinquish all future income connected with his long-time client.


Priscilla Presley debuts on the TV series Dallas.


The airplane Lisa Marie made its last flight, going to Memphis to become an attraction at Graceland.
-The album Elvis: A Golden Celebration was released by RCA. This fabulous six-record set contained Sun sessions outtakes; Dorsey Brothers, Milton Berle, Steve Allen, and Ed Sullivan appearances; and nine newly discovered home recordings.


The TV special Elvis: One Night With You aired on HBO on January 8.
-The best-selling hard-cover book Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley was published.


Elvis was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, part of the inaugural class of ten.


The TV special Elvis ’56 premiered on Cinemax on August 16. It contained vintage clips, stills by Al Wertheimer, and home movies of Elvis.


Elvis International Forum magazine published its first issue. Over the years, the name would change to Elvis International…The Magazine and finally to Elvis…The Magazine.
-The TV miniseries Elvis and Me, based on Priscilla Presley’s book, aired on ABC on February 7 and 8.
-Lisa Marie Presley married Danny Keough on October 3.
-The stage production Elvis, An American Original opened on July 1 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
-“Hound Dog” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


Darwin Lamm hosted the first “Good Rockin’ Tonight” concert during Elvis Week.
-Elvis’ granddaughter Danielle Riley Keough was born on May 29.
-The Elvis Car Museum opened at Graceland.
-Marion Keisker died on December 29. As Sam Philips’ studio manager at Sun Records, she had the foresight to note Elvis’ potential on his first visit to the studio.
-The TCB Band reunites in Lausanne, Switzerland for its first performance since 1977. The concert included Charlie Hodge, Kathy Westmoreland, and The Stamps.


The TV series Elvis starring Michael St Gerard began on February 6.


Graceland was placed on he National Register of Historic Places.
-The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals finds in favor of EPE in suit against Elvisly Yours, a retailer of many items (like edible Elvis underwear) considered demeaning of the image of Elvis.


Voting was conducted on the Elvis postage stamp. 1.2 million ballots were cast and 75% favored the “young Elvis.”
-Elvis’ grandson Benjamin Storm Keough was born on October 21.


Elvis postage stamp was issued on January 8. Over 124 million were purchased making it the most popular stamp of all time.
-The TV movie Elvis and the Colonel aired on NBC on January 10. Beau Bridges played Col. Parker. A Dick Clark production.
-Lisa Marie turned 25 but did not take over running Graceland. She wisely decided to let management of EPE continue under Jack Soden.


The Elvis Tribute Concert was performed at the Memphis Pyramid Arena. It featured 30 artists and was broadcast on Pay-Per-View for $25.
-The book Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick was published in October.
-Lisa Marie married Michael Jackson in July.


The Elvis Presley Mastercard was issued by Leader Federal Bank in October. It featured three different poses of Elvis from 1968 and 1969.
-“Heartbreak Hotel” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of fame.


Lisa Marie signed a deal for exclusive representation by the William Morris Agency.
The Cleveland Ballet presented “Blue Suede Shoes,” a pop-rock dance work set to the music of 37 Elvis songs.
-The Elvis statue on Beale St in Memphis was moved to the Tennessee Welcome Center on the Mississippi riverfront.


EPE opened Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a restaurant, in the old Lansky’s clothing store building.
-Col. Tom Parker died on January 21 after a stroke. He was 87.
Elvis Platinum: A Life In Music was released. The 4 CD set contained 100 songs, including 77 never previously released tracks.
-The first performance of Elvis the Concert was presented during Elvis Week in Memphis.


“That’s All Right (Mama)” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
-J.D. Sumner died on November 16. His vocal group, J.D. Sumner and The Stamps, toured and recorded with Elvis from 1971 to 1977.
-Elvis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Peter Guralnick’s second Elvis book, Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, was published.
-“Suspicious Minds” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


Elvis was selected by TV Guide magazine as the “Entertainer of the Year.”
-Elvis Presley Gospel Treasury, a special recording package from Time-Life went platinum (one million copies sold).
Department 56, leading designer of holiday collectibles, honored Elvis with the introduction on “Elvis Presley’s Graceland.”


Elvis was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
-In the wake of the 9-11 tragedy, RCA released an Elvis CD single of  America The Beautiful,” with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross. The song entered the Billboard charts at #8.
-Elvis became the first recording artist to be honored on genuine U.S. coinage. A new process fused the face of the 2002 Tennessee statehood quarter with a brilliant color portrait of Elvis.


The remix of “A Little Less Conversation” reached #1 in the U.S.
-Lisa Marie married actor and big Elvis fan Nicholas Cage.
“Don’t Be Cruel” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
-The Disney animated film Lilo & Stitch contained six songs by Elvis.
-The CD Elvis 30 #1 Hits was released on September 24, and it debuted at #1 in seventeen countries. It was a Triple Platinum seller in the U.S.


Sam Phillips died on June 30 at age 80 of respiratory disease.
-The remix of Elvis’ 1969 song “Rubberneckin” debuted at #1, dropped to #3 the next week, and went back to #1 the following week.
-The CD Elvis Second To None débuted at #3 on the Billboard album Chart.


In December it was announced that media mogul Robert Sillerman and his company CKX Inc. would pay $50.1 million to acquire 85% of EPE.
-The Recording Industry Association of America certified that Elvis was now officially the best selling solo recording artist in U.S. history.
-The CD single “That’s All Right (Mama)” topped the Billboard Singles Chart 50 years after Elvis initially recorded the song.


Elvis’ granddaughter, now going by the name Riley Keough Presley,
became the embodiment of the new Christian Dior perfume “Miss
Dior Cherie” in a global print campaign that started in May.
-The four-hour mini-series “Elvis” was broadcast on CBS on May 8 and 11, pulling in a total of 27 million viewers.
-The two-hour special “Elvis By the Presleys” followed on May 13, and it was watched by 13 million viewers.


Charlie Hodge died of lung cancer on March 3 at the age of 71. Hodge had been one of Elvis’ closest friends from 1958 until 1977.
-Graceland was designated a National Historic Landmark on March 21.
-President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Graceland on June 30.
-Elvis was named #66 in Atlantic Monthly magazine’s !00 Most Influential Figures in American History.
-The three-disc DVD Elvis – The Ed Sullivan Shows was released on
November 21.


Graceland opened the Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access exhibit of 57 Elvis jumpsuits.
-“Are You Lonesome Tonight” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of
-The annual swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated included a photo of supermodel Tori Praver posing in Graceland’s jungle room.
-PBS aired “Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert” featuring the Elvis The Concert performance at Elvis Week 2002.


I’ll bet there are a few items listed here that you have forgotten over the years. These events were compiled from a variety of sources, but it’s possible that something significant has been missed.  If you can think of one, let us know on Comments.



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Elvis and Buddy Holly

If I had been reposting articles from the archives last year, I would have done this one to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death.  Instead, let’s look it now because I have found some new photos since it was first published in 2009.

Tuesday, February 3 will be the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.  They had just finished performing at the Winter Dance Party in the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

This story will be covered thoroughly by all the entertainment media, so I won’t repeat it here.  What I want to look at is the connection between Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.



Young Buddy Holly was a nineteen-year-old aspiring musician in Lubbock Texas when he first met Elvis.  It happened at the local Cotton Club on October 15, 1955. 


Buddy and his friend Bob Montgomery opened the show as Buddy and Bob, before Elvis came out and took over. 

Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery are noted in the circle.  You can easily pick out Elvis.


Buddy Holly also opened for Elvis that year at the Fair Park Coliseum near Lubbock.

You will note that Buddy Holly is at the bottom of the marquee for Elvis’ show.


Here is an interesting story taken from to Elvis – His Life from A to Z by Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius:

“According to legend, Elvis told Holly and Montgomery that if they came down to the ‘Louisiana Hayride,’ he’d get them on the show, but when they did show up, Horace Logan [ed. note: station manager at KWKH, which produced the Louisiana Hayride] turned them away, and Elvis wasn’t there.”

In spite of this, Holly has been quoted, “Without Elvis, none of us would have made it.



Here’s a little-known nugget.  Elvis’ band, Scottie Moore, Bill Black and DJ Fontana, caused almost all West Texas Rockabilly bands to change their style, including the Crickets playing behind Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison’s band.


Elvis and Buddy Holly must have liked a lot of the same songs, because they both recorded these songs by other popular singers:

Good Rockin’ Tonight (Roy Hamilton)
Reddy Teddy   (Little Richard)
Blue Suede Shoes  (Carl Perkins)
Shake, Rattle and Roll (Joe Turner / Bill Haley)
Rip It Up   (Little Richard)

Elvis never recorded any songs released by Buddy Holly, and Holly never recorded any Elvis songs except one.  He once said, “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care” was his favorite Elvis song.  He recorded it as a demo during a visit to a radio station in 1956.  To my knowledge, it was never released during his life.

After his death, all sort of rare Buddy Holly music was released.  Because Holly’s career was cut so short, the total number of songs he recorded was much less than Elvis accumulated.  But that didn’t prevent historians and record producers from finding every scrap of tape with Holly playing and singing on them. 

Then they put out albums like this.  He was the undisputed king of the lost-basement-tapes, until they started digging for Jimi Hendrix material a decade later..


It is generally known that Waylon Jennings was part of the Crickets on that fateful night fifty years ago.  He was supposed to be on the charter plane with Holly, but gave up his seat to the Big Bopper.  There are few photos of Jennings with Holly, but here is one:


There is one last Elvis and Buddy Holly connection.  Both Elvis and Holly are charter members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 1986,when the first ten inductees to the Hall were named, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly were chosen.   Two rock icons, for sure.

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A Better Use of Time

Don’t we all wish he could.


Elvis’ Most Valuable Sunglasses

According to a Heritage Auction catalog from 2011, Elvis had over 400 pairs of custom-designed sunglasses specially made for him.  He gave away so many pairs that there has been a steady parade of them showing up in numerous Elvis auctions. Most have been of this familiar design:

Note the three holes of descending size on the temples. There are variations of this one, especially on the arch over the nose.


The early versions did not contain the EP.



But there is another unique and stunning sunglasses style that Elvis loved.  There were several design variations on this too, mostly on the temples.


This has been called Nautic or Neo-Nautic design.  Here’s an early version of it.

You can see there is no design on the temples.


Then the TCB lightning bolt design was added to the temples.  This pair sold at Heritage Auctions for $11,950 in 2011.


Note on this pair that there are the three holes of descending size plus the TCB lightning bolt design.  This pair sold at the January 2015 Graceland Auction for $15,000.  According to the online catalog:

“These Neo Nautic style prescription sunglasses with TCB custom embellishments on both arms were made for Elvis to wear for his concerts at Madison Square Garden by Dennis Roberts of Optique Boutique. Elvis often sent his sunglasses to Dennis for repairs and these glasses were sent in and never collected.”


And here, the lenses on this pair are half-tinted in Elvis’ favorite Dove Blue shade.


As you can see, collectors shelled out some big bucks for Elvis’ Nautic style sunglasses.  They even paid $6,853 for a broken pair at a 2011 Gotta Have It auction.

Elvis wore these Nautic 14 KT gold sunglasses during his concert at the Las Vegas Hilton on July 22, 1974.  Between songs, he gave a karate demonstration, and somehow he broke the glasses.


When I studied the online catalog for the recent Rockhurst Auction, I blew past a pair of Elvis Nautic sunglasses.  I had covered them so much in previous posts that I didn’t think they were that interesting.  That changed when Jeff Marren at Rockhurst sent me an email with his choice for the five most noteworthy items, and it included the Nautic sunglasses.


So, I took a second look and realized why they were noteworthy.  The top bid was $43,125.

The online catalog had this to say about this pair:

‘The offered Neostlye “Nautic” model sunglasses were customized for Elvis Presley with the addition of his trademark 14k gold “TCB” logos to each arm, creating one of the most iconic items he ever wore. The glasses were eventually gifted to his close friend and Memphis Mafia member Sonny West.”

“Elvis discovered the Nautics in the early 1970s at Optique Boutique in Beverly Hills, and had them customized by the shop’s owner Dennis Roberts. Based on an interview with the creator of the Nautic glasses, He liked them so much he ordered 5 there and then a further 3 solid gold frames ornately embellished on temples.”

“The offered sunglasses were one of those pairs. The gold-tone frames (not solid gold) are embellished with the “TCB” logo and a lightning bolt near each temple applied to the arms. On the interior of the right arm is stamped “NEOSTYLE MADE IN GERMANY 140,” and on the interior of the left arm is stamped “140 NEOSTYLE 822 60 18.”


On the back of the bridge the initials of Dennis Roberts “DBR” are engraved.”


I guess this extra detailing and engraving has something to do with why these glasses went for $43,125 in 2020, and the very similar-looking pair pictured earlier went for only $11,950 in 2011.  Maybe the first one had just gold-tone TCB accents, not 14K gold.

Maybe some folks got caught up in a bidding war.  There were 17 bids.

Maybe it was partly due to the general upward trend in values for premium Elvis collectibles.

Maybe it’s because this is one super-cool pair of sunglasses.



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Another Item at the First Rockhurst Auction I Found Interesting

During the past decade I have featured 56 auctions containing Elvis collectibles on this blog. I have seen many checks signed by Elvis, but they didn’t bring in anything like the $4,600 for this one. The reason is right there in the title — Completely in His Hand.



Elvis not only signed his name, he filled out the entire check.  Apparently, by late December of 1955, other people had already started taking care of his checks, and he just signed them, so checks completely in Elvis’ hand are very rare.


Here’s the other reasons I find this check interesting

I like that Elvis printed National Bank of Commerce, but wrote the amount of the check in cursive.

I like that he signed it E. A. Presley.

I like his home address – 1414 Geltwell drive.  Elvis and his family stayed there for just four more months before moving to Audubon Drive.

I like that Elvis could use a counter check without putting an account number on it. And this was very early in his career.


The Rockhurst Auction website provided some interesting information.  They presume Elvis was out shopping for Christmas presents when wrote this check on December 23. If he needed to get gifts for the guys in his growing entourage and and possibly some family members, a bunch of cameras could fit the bill.  He certainly had plenty of money to spend.

“Elvis was flying high that holiday season having just signed with RCA weeks earlier.”



So, just imagine Elvis heading on down to Ed’s Camera Shop two days before Christmas.  None of the guys were with him, because he wanted to keep this secret.  Did Elvis have any money or credit cards with him?  It would not seem to matter. The shop owner produced a handy Universal Check for Elvis when he brought all his stuff to the counter.



The amount on this check was $310.77, which is $2,975 in today’s money.


“Other records from the period indicate that Elvis spent of total of nearly $700 {$6,700 today} at Ed’s Camera shop that week, so we imagine there were quite a few cameras in people’s stockings that year!  He may have bought film cameras, as well.”


I’m guessing part of the cost was for gift-wrapping at the store.  I can’t see Elvis bringing everything home and wrapping them himself.  But I can see a group of happy folks sitting around Graceland opening their gifts from Elvis on Christmas day.


A Word about Rockhurst Auctions

 Over the past seven years, Graceland Auctions has produced over $7.5 million in auction revenue for just Elvis items.  The man who ran that program was Jeff Marren.  As I covered the Graceland Auctions on ElvisBlog, I had numerous email conversations with Jeff, and a couple of phone calls.  He even sent me some pictures to use in a post.

Jeff is now the owner of Rockhurst Auctions that will cover many disciplines: sports memorabilia, historicals, rock and roll, Hollywood entertainment, and more.  The first Rockhurst Auction on July 9 contained 170 Elvis items.  I have done posts on two, and there several more to come.

If you would like to scroll through the catalog, here is the link.


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Benjamin Storm Keough: 1992 – 2020

This blog post is difficult to write. I know all of you readers join me in praying for Lisa to get through these trying times. You have probably already read reports on Elvis websites and mainstream media about the sad circumstances of Elvis’ grandson’ suicide at age 27.  So, I would simply like to remember him in happier times.

All the current news photos of Benjamin Keough show him in his 20s or late teens.  However, there was an ElvisBlog article back in 2009 that featured some photos of young Ben. Here is a partial reproduction of that post.


This photo was posted on ElvisBlog about nine months ago, and it generated more comments than any other article in the four year history of this site.  Some of them discussed whether Ben had any resemblance to Elvis.  However, more folks were concerned about that beer bottle sitting on the table in front of a sixteen-year-old.  Not me.  I know a lot of us drank a beer at that age, and we all turned out okay, right? {Editor’s note.  Maybe I was too accepting of this behavior back then.}


The next three photos are of young Benjamin, first posted on ElvisBlog in December 2007.  Considering his age in the pictures, they were all taken well before 2007, but they sure weren’t in general circulation until then.  Lisa took great care to keep Benjamin out of the public eye when he was little.


This one was supposedly taken at Elvis Week 2004, so Benjamin would have been twelve then.


I have no information about this photo, but the fan forum website where I found it says it is Benjamin, so I am going with that.


This is the earliest photo of Benjamin in this collection.  Cute kid.


Benjamin Keough, you died too young.  Your grandfather died at 42.  That was also too young. When you meet each other in Heaven, I hope you can spend happy times together.


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Elvis’ PIG Pin

This is the website picture of an item that just sold at the new Rockhurst Auction.  I want to write more on this new source for serious Elvis collectors later, and also about a few auction items that caught my fancy. But, right now I want to take a look at Elvis’ PIG Pin.  It is just ¾ inches in diameter, so the detail looks suprisingly good on the big blown-up below.

Jimmy Velvet, President of the Elvis Presley Museum, has certified, “This Elvis personal Lapel Pin (was) worn by him on many photos.



You might wonder why Elvis would wear a pin showing a pink pig in a policeman’s uniform.  In today’s screwed up world, someone who hates the cops might draw that image as a derogatory slam at the police.

The key to Elvis’ appreciation of this pin is the three words that make the acronym PIG — Pride, Integrity, and Guts.  He loved the police and surely saw those qualities in them.


According to the Rockhurst auction website, “As the term “PIG” became more frequently used to describe police in the 20th century, law enforcement decided to embrace the moniker.”   They were the ones who came up with the three words that make the PIG acronym.

For them, “Pride, Integrity, and Guts” were the attributes associated with the tough and honest men in the police force. You can believe Elvis wore this PIG pin with pride.


I wish more people today thought of the police the same way.


One last note.  You saw in the first image that no one hit the minimum bid of $750, so the pin did not sell. If its owner could find one of those many photos of Elvis wearing the pin mentioned by Jimmy Velvet, they’d be able to ask even more — and probably get it.


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The Worst Movie about Elvis – Ever


The early promotional material for this movie said it will be released tomorrow, July 7, on Apple TV and Prime Video.  I made a follow-up check today and was advised, “It will be available everywhere on Digital/VOD.”  I don’t know what that means, but it doesn’t matter. This thing is awful.

Here’s a “secret CIA file” that gives the back-story prior to the action on screen.  I enlarged the critical stuff below.


I can’t believe they actually thought Elvis fans would enjoy this.  It gets worse.  Next, Elvis is transferred to a planet in outer space.

Here are a few clips from the movie:

Elvis got some special powers while he was in outer space.



This is Elvis beaming back to earth.  Look how skinny he is.  That’s because when he went into space, the transporter put him back together a little different from the original. But, it didn’t reverse the process coming back.  Did they really think Elvis fans would willingly watch him in a skinny altered form?


The early press release included a link for advance viewing of the movie.  I lasted about ¾ of the way through before saying, “This sucks.  I’m not wasting any more time on it.”

Somebody else watched it and posted a review on Rotten Tomatoes:

It’s too bad Mystery Science Theater 3000 isn’t on the air any more.  The host and his two robot buddies had fun berating crappy sci-fi movies.  Elvis from Outer Space would have been perfect for it.




Colonel Parker’s Secret Rules for Elvis Scriptwriters

Last year I posted a big Elvis salute to the 4th of July — and used up all my good pictures.  So, this year we will take a look at an ElvisBlog article from 2009.


Everybody knows that Colonel Parker killed Elvis’ chances of becoming a serious actor.  All Parker wanted was simple, light-weight plots with lots of songs.  To him, the movies were simply a means to sell soundtrack albums.  Of course, the films made a nice profit, too, for a long time, as the fans kept coming no matter what was served up to them.

What is not so well known is that Colonel Parker had a secret list of seven rules which all potential screenwriters had to comply with if they wanted their scripts to become Elvis movies.  Recently, Parker’s secret rules list was uncovered in a 2004 post in a blog (Ed. Note – now-defunct). Let’s take a look at Colonel Parker’s seven rules for Elvis movies and note a few of the rare exceptions.


Rule #1:

Elvis plays the main character in the movie.  His occupation is one that allows him regular access to one of the following: race car, motorcycle, airplane, or speedboat.  A racing contest in one of these vehicles will occur near the end of the film, with Elvis winning the contest.



How many Elvis movies can you think of that fit this rule perfectly?  The Colonel really had those screenwriters trained, didn’t he?  I can think of only one race Elvis didn’t win.  Brutus, the 200 pound Great Dane, beat him in a race on the beach in Live A Little, Love A Little.


Rule #2:

Elvis must have a strong, All-American, regular guy kind of name… like Lucky Jackson, Rusty Wells, Mike McCoy or Tulsa McLean.

Obviously, four smart screenwriters figured out the best way to have the Colonel pick their screenplay was to use those exact names for Elvis’ characters in Viva Las Vegas, Girl Happy, Spinout, and G.I. Blues.  My pick for the two worst names for Elvis characters are Toby Kwimper from Follow That Dream and Walter Gulick from Kid Gallahad.  I wonder how those two slipped through.


Rule #3:

Elvis’ character must be given ample instances to sing songs.  There will always be one or more of the following:  a party, carnival, soda shop, or public bazaar, thus giving Elvis an opportunity to perform in front of a crowd.

Well, as it turned out, there were other acceptable locations for Elvis to sing.  Bars and clubs showed up in a lot of Elvis movies, and he sang in all of them.  There were a few swimming pool scenes, too, and Elvis never missed a chance to sing there, either.

 I can’t believe Col. Parker left out singing on the beach.  Elvis did a lot of that.  Sometimes it was at big parties, sometimes it was the more intimate two-people variety.  Either way, the music of a full band, nowhere in sight, backed him up.


Rule #4:

If the leading female character is not in love with Elvis at the beginning of the picture, she will be by the end of the film.

Although this rule was almost always followed, there was a strange variation of it that managed to get Colonel Parker’s approval.  In Spinout, three women in love with Elvis early in the story all end up marrying other men at the end of the picture.  It must have been one heck of a pitch that convinced Parker to go along with that odd development.


Rule #5:

The movie may have one male supporting role whose function is to be either Elvis’ friend or rival, occasionally providing comic relief.

I believe Elvis had a buddy or two in just about every movie in the 60s. Spinout managed to overload that rule with two buddies and a rival. 


Rule #6:

Every business venture, contest, race, lottery, scientific inquiry, game of chance, or bar-room wager that Elvis enters must be won by Elvis.

Believe it or not, there actually was a scientific inquiry in one of Elvis’ movies.  In Clambake,   Elvis tried to find a special hard coating to help his speedboat win a race.  He gave his invention a highly technical name: Goop. 

There was also one business venture that bombed for an Elvis character.  In Stay Away Joe, Elvis played a Native-American living on a reservation.  His people received a herd of cattle from the government under a program to prove that Indians on reservations were not lazy, heavy-drinking, girl-chasing screw-ups and could care for and grow the herd.  Unfortunately, Elvis and his Indian buddies had a big drunken party and barbequed their only bull.  So much for growing the herd.


Rule #7:

Elvis must engage in at least one fistfight per movie.

Usually, it was more than one fight in most of the Elvis movies.  Can you name one film that did not have a fight?  My favorite fight is in the soda shop scene in Loving You.  Elvis knocks the local smart-ass around pretty good while Elvis’ hit “Got a Lot of Living to Do” blasts from the jukebox the whole time.

Who knows where Elvis’ acting career would have gone if it wasn’t for Colonel Parker.  He even turned down a role for Elvis co-starring with Barbra Streisand in a major movie, A Star Is Born.  I think Parker also had an unwritten rule:  If anyone comes to Elvis with an idea for a serious acting role, kill it.

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If you enjoyed this article, hopefully you won’t be too upset to learn that it is a work of fiction.  Colonel Parker did not have a list of rules for Elvis movies.  There was one Comment to the original post that is kind of interesting:

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