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Elvis Movie Madness — Handicapping the Final Four

Elvis Movie Final Four

You can see the survivors of Round 3 voting above.

King Creole knocked off Loving You 71% to 29%.

Viva Las Vegas topped GI Blues 67% to 33%.

Jailhouse Rock slammed Girl Happy 73% to 37%.

ELVIS: That’s The Way It Is got by Blue Hawaii 55% to 45%.

 

I would like to make my predictions right now. The Final Four losers will be Viva Las Vegas and ELVIS: That’s The Way It Is, meaning they tie for honor of third best Elvis movie. King Creole and Jailhouse Rock battle it out in the finals with King Creole coming out on top.

King Creole Poster 3

In list form, the Top 4 Elvis movies will look like this:

#1 – King Creole

#2 – Jailhouse Rock

#3 (tie) – Viva Las Vegas, and ELVIS: That’s The Way It Is

That’s my prediction. I made it primarily on my gut feelings, then decided to do some research on the three websites used for the Worst Elvis Movies post two weeks ago. There was much agreement on the worst, but their rankings for the best four Elvis movies were more disparate. That wasn’t enough to bolster my picks, so, I added one more source and the pattern became very evident. Here’s what they showed.

IMBd Elvis Movie Rankings

 

 

 

#1 – Follow That Dream
#2 – Loving You
#3 – Flaming Star
#4 – Blue Hawaii

Follow That Dream - Lobby Card

These folks seem to be taking a contrarian point of view, but all of their picks showed strength in the Elvis Movie Madness voting. Loving You and Blue Hawaii made the Elite Eight, and Follow That Dream had 47% of the vote against Loving You in the first round. It’s a shame they had to be paired up so early. The same could be said about Flaming Star that had the misfortune to go against Love Me Tender in the first round, but still got 43% of the vote
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For what it’s worth, here’s where my favorites ranked on IMDb: Jailhouse Rock – 6, King Creole – 7, and Viva Las Vegas – 18. IMDb included only Elvis acting movies in their ranking.

 

Ranker Elvis Movie Rankings

 

 

 

 

 

#1 – Viva Las Vegas
#2 – King Creole
#3 – Jailhouse Rock
#4 – Blue Hawaii
#5 – ELVIS: That’s The Way It Is

Viva Las Vegas Lobby Card

Not bad. Ranker got all of the Final Four in that list.

 

USA Today Elvis Movie Rankings

 

 

 

 

 

#1 – King Creole
#2 – Jailhouse Rock
#3 – Loving You
#4 – Flaming Star

King Creole  Poster 2

Another good list. Viva was #6. No concert films included on the USA Today list.

 

King Creole and Jailhouse Rock showed a lot of strength in the listings above. However, when I added one more respected ranking source, things became perfectly clear.

MovieFone Elvis Movie Rankings

 

 

 

#1 – King Creole
#2 – Jailhouse Rock
#3 – ELVIS: That’s The Way It Is
#4 – Elvis On Tour.

MovieFone placed Viva Las Vegas at #7

So, based on these four listings, I feel confident in my Elvis Movie Madness picks. King Creole will be named Elvis’ best movie.

King Creole Poster 1

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Elvis Movie Madness — The Plot Thickens

Elvis Movie Madnesss Logo

Voting has now narrowed the field to eight choices in Graceland’s promotion to determine the fans’ favorite Elvis movie. It’s a fairly predictable group, containing two serious dramatic films, four comedies, one concert film, and one semi-autobiographical movie. Here is the Elvis Elite Eight.

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Loving You:

Loving You Poster

Loving You, Elvis’ second film, contains elements that parallel his own career. The selection of songs is great, and if you are fans of Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, and Bill Black, you will enjoy their considerable presence in this film. Loving You had to knock off Follow That Dream and Love Me Tender to make the final eight, probably the toughest challenges any of the finalists had to face.

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King Creole:

King Creole Poster

While King Creole contained many wonderful songs, without question it presented Elvis’ most serious dramatic role. Most fans lament he was not given the chance to really develop his acting talent later in his career, so this movie is very unique and special in their hearts. This could be seen in the voting, where King Creole clobbered Double Trouble 86% to 14% and Kid Galahad 81% to 19%. Two slam dunks.

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G.I. Blues:

GI Blues Poster

Elvis’ first movie after he returned from Army service in Germany, G.I. Blues has plenty of songs, not much plot, and a nice love story. It also swamped the competition so far, beating Kissin’ Cousins 83% to 17% and It Happened at the World’s Fair 74% to 26%. The next round is against Viva Las Vegas. Good Luck.

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Viva Las Vegas:

Viva Las Vegas Poster

There was never any question Viva Las Vegas would make it to the Elite Eight, and we can reasonably expect it to go even higher. It has been the second most dominating winner so far, clobbering both Spinout and Tickle Me by 88% to 12%.

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 Jailhouse Rock:

Jailhouse Rock Poster

Who doesn’t like Jailhouse Rock? You knew from the beginning that it would go far in the voting. Of course, it didn’t have tough competition so far, beating The Trouble with Girls 87% to 13% and Girls, Girls, Girls 92% to 18%. If Jailhouse Rock survives the next round, it will have the honor of knocking off all three of Elvis’ movies with Girl in the title.

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 Girl Happy:

Girl Happy Poster

 This might be the surprise entry in the final eight, and it survived the closest contest of any winner in the first two rounds. Girl Happy barely nudged past Roustabout 51% to 49%, after having no trouble with Live A Little, Love A Little 70% to 30% in the first round. It was Elvis’ seventeenth film. None of the fourteen films made after Girl Happy in 1965 ranked in the top eight. No surprise there.

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Blue Hawaii:

Blue Hawaii Poster

Blue Hawaii has been the powerhouse champion of the first two rounds, starting with a 91% to 9% embarrassment over Paradise Hawaiian Style, then drubbing Fun in Acapulco 88% to 12%. From the start, the odds were great that Blue Hawaii would go far. It’s unfortunate that it now has to go against a non-acting movie, because the criteria would seem to very different.

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Elvis — That’s The Way It Is:

Elvis - That's the Way It Is

This is certainly a fine movie, capturing Elvis in top form while rehearsing and performing at the Las Vegas International Hotel in 1970. It had little trouble in overcoming Charro 77% to 23% and Change of Habit 72% to 28%.

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A Contrarian Point of View:

I understand why EPE added Elvis — That’s the Way It Is to the ballot. They needed one more film added to Elvis’ thirty-one acting movies to make the brackets work out. However, I would like to consider what movie would replace it if we want a top eight list of just Elvis’ acting movies.

Follow That Dream

My pick for the top eight would be Follow That Dream. It had the misfortune to be paired against Loving You in the first round, and barely lost 53% to 47%. Follow That Dream is a little weak on good songs, but it’s funny, Elvis’ acting as the family’s lawyer in the courtroom may be his finest acting scene ever, and the sweet love scene at the end with Anne Helm is just perfect. Among Elvis movies, I think Follow That Dream is an underappreciated gem.

 

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Elvis Movies 50th Anniversary Pictorial – Viva Las Vegas: 1964

Viva Las Vegas on Screen Title 

Since October 2009, ElvisBlog has run 50th Anniversary Pictorials each time an Elvis movie reached that historical milestone. Looks like EPE saw the value of these tributes and decided to celebrate Viva Las Vegas themselves. The picture below is from the News Feed at the website Graceland.com, a spin-off of Elvis.com.

 Graceland.com 50th Anniversary of Viva Las Vegas

 

The Elvis Insiders email newsletter of May 23 announced the release of a new Premium Blu-Ray Digibook version of Viva Las Vegas.

Elvis Insiders Announcement May 23, 2014

Also, you can go to a link to see photos of some sites used for the filming of the movie, or to an exhibit of original Viva Las Vegas posters in various languages.

Viva Las Vegas Film Locations and Posters

And finally, Graceland.com offers a look at the original preview trailer for Viva Las Vegas.

Graceland.com Viva Las Vegas Preview

Wow, after a blitz like that from EPE, it seemed like something more than the usual ElvisBlog movie pictorial was in order. So instead we will do a retrospective of blog posts done over the years that featured Viva Las Vegas. There were sixteen starting back in 2005, the first year for ElvisBlog. Here are the best.

 

Viva Las Star Wars: Posted July 8, 2008

A very original post on The Film Frontier website compared the similarities of the race scenes in Viva Las Vegas and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. My friend Troy Yeary graciously allowed me to reproduce his very time-consuming analysis on ElvisBlog. Troy matched up frames from Elvis racing in the Las Vegas Grand Prix and young Anikin Skywalker at the controls of a pod racer in the Boonta Eve Classic podrace in the Tatooine desert.

 

Elvis and Anikin Skywalker

Here’s our two racers. Although these photos don’t show it, both vehicles were silver-grey while their mail rivals had orange-red.

Supporters watching races with mounting dred

Here are shots of supporters of the two racers looking on with mounting dread.

 

Elvis at the Clinton Presidential Library: Posted May 3, 2012

From its beginning over a decade ago, the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock has always contained dozens of Elvis items. They were accumulated over the years by Bill Clinton, a self-proclaimed lifelong fan of Elvis. Then in 2011, a large exhibit of Elvis memorabilia from the Graceland archives was loaned to the library. The framed lobby poster below was one of three Viva Las Vegas items.

Viva Las Vegas Poster at Clinton Library

The other two shown below are the original script and a red shirt Elvis wore in the movie.

Viva Las Vegas Shirt and Script

 

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

This pictorial essay showed photos of Elvis dancing with a number of leading ladies in his movies. This one from Viva Las Vegas is probably my favorite, as you can see by the comments under the photo.

Elvis and Ann-Margret Dancing

 

Elvis Clothing at the Most Recent Auction: Posted May 8, 2011

The auction mentioned was the March 2012 Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction from Gotta Have It Auctions. It was loaded with articles of Elvis clothing and thirteen were featured in the blog article.

Red Jacket Black Pants from Viva

Note: Even though the colors are the same, this is not the item on display at the Clinton Library. However, the yellow version of this jacket is worn in the dancing picture above.

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Turner Classic Movies Delivers an Elvis Bonanza on August 16: Posted August 10, 2012

As a treat for fans during Elvis Week 2012, cable channel TCM offered fourteen consecutive Elvis movies. I thought it would be interesting to show the rankings and comments for each in the book Hollywood Rock by Marshall Crenshaw.

Hollywood Rock

Here’s the book’s ratings for Viva Las Vegas in three categories, plus its choice for the favorite scene in the movie.

Ratings for Viva Las Vegas in Hollwood Rock

According to the total of the multiple stars rating system, Viva Las Vegas tied Kissin’ Cousins tied for the highest rating. ElvisBlog agreed, but said Viva should have four stars for Music.

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Elvis Movie Bloopers: Posted June 16, 2012

The inspiration (and many of the photos) for this blog post came from the wonderful website Too Much Monkey Business. There were two bloopers from Viva Las Vegas, including this one with Elvis wearing that yellow coat again.

Bandaid on Elvis' Finger

Bandaid on Elvis' Finger

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Strange Google Searches that Brought People to ElvisBlog: Posted April 26, 2009

The original blog platform for ElvisBlog had a neat feature. It enabled you to trace back to Google and see what people were searching for when they clicked on the link to ElvisBlog. There were several about Viva Las Vegas, and this one seemed too stupid to be true.

Strange Google Searches on Elvisblog

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

This blog post featured actresses that appeared in both Star Trek episodes and Elvis movies. Teri Garr starred in Star Trek episode # 55 titled “Assignment Earth.” For years before this she was a dancer trying to break into acting. She appeared in six Elvis movies, including Viva Las Vegas.

Teri Garr Viva Las Vegas

Can you pick her out? Second girl from the left.

 

Fans Speak Out on Product Tie-Ins: Posted July 29, 2007

I regularly read the News link on Elvis.com, and frequently the news is about new Elvis tie-in products. It is sometimes interesting to read the thoughts of Elvis fans on Comments, such as these concerning the commercial where the Elvis’ famous song lyrics were changed from “Viva Las Vegas” to “Viva Viagra.”

Teri Garr Viva Las Vegas

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Caption Contest # 4 Winner: Posted December 8, 2008

This is probably my favorite shot from Viva Las Vegas.

Elvis Caption Contest #4 Winner

 

Bonus Picture:

I found this on the internet recently. It was new to me, so it may the same for other fans.

Ann-Margret With Gun

 

That’s it. Hope you enjoyed our 50th anniversary tribute to Viva Las Vegas.

 

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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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