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Remembering Yvonne Craig

Elvis & Yvonne Craig Kissing in Kissin Cousins

Yvonne Craig, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in two movies, passed away on Monday, August 17. She died after a long two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 78.

When I read in Graceland.com/news that Yvonne Craig had passed away, I said to my wife, “My favorite Elvis co-star just died.” Then I had to think about if she really was. Certainly Ann Margret and Shelly Fabares are up there in my list of favorites, and I absolutely loved Michele Carey, Jocelyn Lane, and Ann Helm in their roles.

So, to settle this confusion, I used the ElvisBlog “Search” box to see which actress I had written about the most. It was no contest. Yvonne Craig had been mentioned in nine posts, and pictured in seven of them. Definitely my fav.

Here are excerpts from some of those old articles.

 

The Elvis / Star Trek Connection – Posted August 23, 2009:

Yvonne Craig as Marta in Star Trek

This post featured three actresses who had appeared in both Elvis movies and Star Trek TV episodes: Celeste Yarnall, Teri Garr, and Yvonne Craig. In a Star Trek episode in 1967, “Whom Gods Destroy,” Yvonne Craig played Marta, a green-skinned inmate at the Federation asylum on Elba ll. She was delusional, seductive and skilled in exotic dance. The evil Garth of Izar coerced her to carry out a plot to assassinate Captain Kirk.

Marta and Kirk Kissing

Spock and Marta

Leave it to Mr. Spock to spoil all the fun. Here’s a shot off-screen with lots of fun going on.

Yvonne Craig and William Schattner in When Worlds collide

The 2009 ElvisBlog article of course mentioned that Yvonne starred in two Elvis movies. She had a small part in It Happened at the World’s Fair and a major one in Kissin’ Cousins.

Yvone and Elvis in Color in It Happened at the Worlds Fair

Elvis With Two Girls in Kissin Cousins

Yvonne was friendly with Elvis off-screen, too, if this picture is any indication.

Elvis On Set With Pam and Yvonne

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Dancing Elvis (In the Movies) – Posted March 11, 2012:

Elvis and Yvonne Craig Dancing

This post featured photos showing that Elvis not only sang to his female co-stars, he also danced with several lucky ones. I can’t say I remember either of these outfits in the film Kissin’ Cousins, but I like the shot.

 

Elvis Movie 50th Anniversary Pictorials — It Happened at the World’s Fair – Posted April 22, 2013:

After giving proper attention to Elvis’ co-star Joan O’Brien and cute five-year-old Sue-Lin, I showed six stills from my favorite Elvis movie scene – with Yvonne Craig – and it has nothing to do with the plot

First Elvis-Yvonne Craig Kiss

Elvis shows up at the house where Yvonne Craig lives, and in no time they are doing this.

Then, she decides things are getting too hot and pulls away. Elvis chases her all over the living room like a hound dog on the scent.

Elvis Putting Moves on Yvonne Craig

Elvis Puts More Moves on Yvonne Craig

Elvis-Yvonne Craig Moves 4

Elvis-Yvonne Craig Moves 3

Last Elvis-Yvonne Craig Kiss

Believe it or not, Elvis had time to sing a song during all that. It is said that Elvis dated Yvonne Craig during the filming of the movie. And, he must have liked her acting skills so much that he elevated her to co-star status a year later in Kissin’ Cousins.

 

Italian Poster - It Happened at the World's Fair

This post also included this Italian poster for the movie. You don’t see any picture of Joan O’Brien on it, do you? Those Italians know what is important for bringing people to see Elvis movies – multiple fight shots and hot Yvonne Craig.

 

Random Thoughts on Encore’s Elvis Collection — Part 4 – Posted May 18, 2013:

Many films got mentioned in this post, including:

Kissin' Cousins Poster

I offered a trivia question based on something I noticed on the DVD credits. “What actress was number eight in the cast credits but ended up with Elvis at the end of the movie?” The answer was Yvonne Craig. Check it out.

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Elvis Movies 50th Anniversary Pictorial: Kissin’ Cousins – Posted March 9, 2014:

Elvis and Yvonne Craig in Jeep

I started this post off with the following comment:

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

Yes, she is definitely at the top of my list. You’ve already see two photos of Yvonne Craig from this post, but here are three others.

Tatum Girls Painting Their Nails

Tatum Girls Painting Their Nails

Elvis Kissing Yvonne Craig in Kissin' Cousins

 

I searched Google for a later day photo of Yvonne Craig. I found one, but I also found this:

Yyvonne Craig as Boxer

Wow! She had a great body all right, but this must be Photoshopped. However, that didn’t keep me from immediately making it my screen-saver.

 

Yvonne Craig in 2008

This is a photo of Yvonne Craig taken at the 2008 Screaming TikiCon convention by someone who has a blog but doesn’t want to give his name. She is holding a drawing of herself as Batgirl, a roll she had in the 1967 season of the Batman TV series. She looks very good for seventy-one years old.

Yvonne Craig in 2012 Better

This 2012 picture of her is the most recent I could find.

 

Good bye, Yvonne Craig. We’ll miss you.

Say hi to Elvis for us.

 

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

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

Elvis Kissing Yvonne in Kissin' Cousins

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

Elvis Kissing Yvonne Craig in World's Fair

 

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

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Movie Posters:

 Poster

 Kissin Cousins 3

 

Shots from the Movie:

Elvis as Josh and Jody

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

 

Yvonne and Pam Standing in Jeep

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

 

Tatum Girls Painting Their Nails

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

 

Lobby Cards:

 Lobby Card 1

Lobby Card 2

 Lobby Card 3

 Lobby Card 4

 Lobby Card 5

 Lobby Card 6

 Lobby Card  7

 Lobby Card  8

 

Publicity Shots:

 Elvis Picking Up Yvonne and Pam

Oops, there’s those bathing suits again.

 

Elvis Running with Yvonne and Pam

Hey, this is starting to be a trend.

 

Elvis With Lovlies in Kissin' Cousins

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

Elvis as Jodie and Josh in Kissin' Cousins

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

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Back Stage Photo:

Elvis On Set With Pam and Yvonne

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

 

Foreign Posters:

 

French Poster

French Poster

German Poster

German Poster

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

Italian Poster

Italian Poster

This one translated to The Mount of Venus.

 

Strange Language

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

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Kissing the Co-Star:

 Elvis Kissing Cynthia Pepper

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

Elvis Kissing Yvonne Craig in Kissin' Cousins

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

Elvis kissing Yvonne Craig  in World's Fair

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

 

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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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