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Random Thoughts on Encore’s Elvis Movies — Part 2

Did you enjoy Jailhouse Rock on Encore last night as much as I did?  It was the fourth in a series called The Elvis Collection that gives us a commercial-free Elvis movie every night in May.

As I said in the last post, the plots are so well know after repeated viewings, that I try to find other things to look for to keep it interesting.  So, I was happy to find a new one in Jailhouse Rock.  It occurs after Elvis’ character Vince Everett signs a movie contract, and the scene is a celebratory party.  There is a large man dancing with surprisingly nimble feet.  It was Lamar Fike.

Lamar Fike Dancing in Jailhouse Rock

I knew Lamar travelled to Hollywood when he heard Elvis had swallowed a crown and was in the hospital.  After it was extracted and Elvis recovered, Lamar stayed on with the rest of Elvis’ buddies already in town.

Lamar and Elvis at RCA studios in LA

Elvis liked to get small movie cameos for his buddies, and Lamar is among the background people in several other scenes, in addition to his dancing at the party.

 

Sunday, May 5 – King Creole:

DVD Cover

 

Okay, I’ve got to watch this one because it is unquestionably Elvis’ finest acting role.  It’s not my favorite – a little too dark and violent – but I appreciate what Elvis accomplished.

It’s just too bad that Col. Parker and the producers never again gave Elvis a story of equal weight or a supporting cast of such talent.  In addition to Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger, Delores Hart, and Vick Morrow, King Creole featured Carolyn Jones as Ronnie, the damaged-goods, kept woman of Maxie Fields, the hood nightclub owner played by Matthau.

Danny and Ronnie

Carolyn Jones plays the most sultry love interest in any Elvis movie, and she is the highlight of King Creole in my opinion.  Every scene between her and Elvis bristles with tension and smoldering desire.

Carolyn Jones  - King Creole

If there is a hotter scene than this in any other Elvis movie, I sure missed it.

There is one other female character in King Creole I like to watch.  I called her the banana woman until I checked out the credits and her character’s name is Forty Nina.  She was the stripper who headlined at the King Creole club before Elvis took over.  Check out her outfit on the DVD cover above.

Publlicity Still

Considering that Forty Nina is only a bit character, she gets equal billing on this publicity photo.

AS I mentioned in the last post, I like to spot Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, and Bill Black in the early Elvis movies.  They are in King Creole, but you could miss them if you don’t look closely.  They are part of a seven-man band that backs Elvis at the King Creole club.  The other four members are The Jordanaires.  In addition to singing, they play (pretend to play) standard Dixieland instruments.  That’s the late Gordon Stoker with the clarinet.

 

Elvis and Jordanaires singing New Orleans

Notice Scotty Moore is playing a banjo, not a guitar in this shot

 

In spite of all the intense action in the film, Elvis manages to sing some great songs on the King Creole club stage:  “Hard Headed Woman,” “Don’t Ask Me Why,” and the title song.  However, my ears always perk up when he does the blues numbers “New Orleans,” and “Trouble,” his only song at Matthau’s Gilded Cage club.

If you would like to learn a whole bunch more about King Creole, I suggest you check out my friend Troy Yeary’s The Mystery train Elvis Blog.  Troy has proclaimed King Creole as the Movie of the Quarter, and has already done two posts on March 2  and  March 23.   And he promises more to come.

 

Monday, May 6 – Girls, Girls, Girls:

DVD Cover

I think I’ll skip this one.  I watched Girls, Girls, Girls again back in December while preparing for the 50th Anniversary Movie Pictorial article.

As I said, I consider this one a pretty lame Elvis movie.  In addition to a weak story, it has crummy songs, especially the two Elvis sang to the two little girls: “Earth Boy,” and “Dainty Little Moonbeams.”  Of course, every critic panning the songs from Elvis’ movies always includes “Song of the Shrimp” as a classic example.

If I was going to watch Girl, Girls, Girls, the one thing I would look for is the dance sequence between Elvis and Laurel Goodwin to the song “The Walls Have Ears.”

Dancing to The Walls Have Ears

This photo doesn’t show what’s interesting about the dance, but the 50th Anniversary pictorial does.

 

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Elvis Movie Bloopers

Last year, I mentioned a blooper in the movie Jailhouse Rock.  It was a lapse in continuity in the scene where Elvis sings “Baby, I Don’t Care” at a pool party.  Notice in the close shots Scotty is not wearing sunglasses, but in the long shots, he is.

Jailhouse Rock — No Sunglasses on Scotty

 

Jailhouse Rock — Scotty Wearing Sunglasses

 

I must admit I never noticed it, but when I read about it somewhere, I popped the DVD into the computer and checked it out.

Recently, I joined a wonderful website called TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS, The Elvis Forum.  They have dozens of topics, including “Movie Bloopers,” which showed I had missed many other continuity goofs.  Here are some of the better ones.

Viva Las Vegas

This is the same mistake as in Jailhouse Rock.  None of these singers are wearing glasses.

Viva Las Vegas — Singer With No Glasses

 

But the next shot shows Elvis and Ann-Margret dancing in front of the group.  Look at the guy second from the right.

 

Viva Las Vegas — Singer with Glasses

 

As they continue to dance, you can notice a Band-Aid or piece of white tape on Elvis’ second finger, right hand.

 

Viva Las Vegas — Band-Aid on Second Finger

 

Whoops, now it’s gone.

Viva Las Vegas — No Baind-Aid on Finger

 

I like this one in Ann-Margret’s dance routine.  The first shot show her wearing high heels.

 

Viva las vegas — Ann-Margret Wearing Heels

 

Later in the dance sequence, she is wearing flat pumps, or whatever you call them.

 

Viva Las Vegas — Ann-Margret Wearing Flats

 

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Elvis and Laurel Goodwin walk down the street in front of a movie theater.  Notice anything familiar about the movie poster in the window?

 

Girls! Girls! Girls! — Walking Past Movie Posters in Window

 

Oh, yes.  It’s an Elvis Presley movie.

 

 

Spinout

There are some great pictures of Elvis and all the girls around the pool in Spinout.  Notice the girl wearing the white suit with the orange stripes.

 

Spinout — Girl Wearing White Bathing Suit with Orange Stripes

 

As the shot changes to Elvis starting to stand up, she’s not there anymore.  The film editor must not have cared about continuity at all.  “Oh, it’s just an Elvis movie.”

 

Spinout — Where’d She Go?

 

Live A Little, Love A Little

Working at Classic Cat Magazine was one of two jobs Elvis’ character Greg Nolan tried to do at the same time.  That buxom blonde below is a cardboard stand-up in front of the company’s logo on the wall.

 

Live A Little, Love A Little — No Classic Cat Magazine on Wall

 

When the shot changes to a close up, something new has been added.

 

Live A Little, Love A Little — Classic Cat Magazine on Wall

 

Fun In Acapulco

The bike ride Elvis and the boy take in town is full of continuity errors, but this one is pretty glaring.  They come to a corner where they will turn right.

 

Fun In Acapulco — Elvis and Boy Approach a Corner on Bike

 

Next shot, they have turned the corner.  Hey, how did that car turn into a truck?  How did the restaurant’s curtain get down, and where did all those customers go?

 

Fun In Acapulco — They Turn the Corner and Everything Has Changed

 

Kissin’ Cousins

Lance LeGault was a Lousiana blues singer who appeared as Elvis’ double in all the movies from 1960 to 1968.  In Kissin’ Cousins, Elvis played two characters, so Lance did too.  Here he is as Josh Morgan in a large dance sequence.

 

Kissin’ Cousins — Lance Le Gault Playing Josh Morgan

 

And here he is as Jody Tatum.  Things move so fast in the scene that most people wouldn’t notice, unless you do pause.  Except for the guy in the plaid shirt and hat and the soldier to his left, it looks like a mostly different group of dancers behind them

 

Kissin’ Cousins — Lance Le Gault as Jody Tatum

 

Clambake

Elvis’ character in Clambake was Scott Hayward, son of the big oilman who owned Hayward Oil.

 

Clambake — Scott Hayward’s Driver’s Linense

 

But, look how they spelled the company’s name on this sign.  Also, note how they cut five years off Elvis’ age on the driver’s license.

 

Clambake — Heyward Oil Sign

 

Kudos to the members of TOO MUCH MONKEY BUSINESS for spotting these Elvis movie bloopers.   There is a ton of great, unusual stuff on this forum.

 

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