Laurel Goodwin was the biggest omission in ElvisBlog’s original “Star Trek Elvis Connection”. She played Laurel Dodge, Elvis’ love interest in Girls, Girls, Girls. Actually, it was more like “the winning love interest,” because Stella Stevens was a former flame that still hoped for a future with Elvis’ character, Ross Carpenter, and she kept popping up throughout the movie. The dance that Elvis and Laurel did (pictured above) is one of my favorite scenes from his films. It must have been difficult to come up with a dance routine that was funny, but this one was.
On Star Trek, Laurel appeared as Yeoman Colt in an episode that contained Spock, but not Captain Kirk or any of the other familiar Enterprise crew members. That’s because she was in “The Cage,” the one hour pilot that was produced to sell NBC on the series. Parts of it were used for flashback scenes in a later two-part episode, but “The Cage was not broadcast intact until 1988, twenty years after the series ended. I like Goodwin’s look in this better than in the Elvis movie. That’s Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike. Don’t you bet he and Laurel Goodwin would have had significantly better careers if they had kept their roles when the series went into production?
Nancy Kovack also had a major role in an Elvis movie. She played Nellie Bly, the “losing Elvis love interest” in Frankie and Johnny. (Not to say Elvis’ movies were formulaic, but do you notice the pattern here?) Nellie Bly was immortalized in the song as the girl who caused Johnny (Elvis) to do Frankie wrong. Actually, Johnny just believed Nellie was a good-luck charm for his frequent gambling, but Frankie and the riverboat owner (Nellie’s former boyfriend) thought otherwise. Skullduggery ensued, and Johnny discovered the real a good-luck charm was the one Frankie gave him. He carried it in his breast pocket, and it saved him from a bullet to the chest. Of course, Frankie and Johnny got together at the end of the movie, but Nellie did okay too, as she went back to the riverboat owner.
On Star Trek Nancy Kovack played Nona in “A Private Little War,” and got to wear the nifty warrior witch outfit you see above. Nona was the wife of Tyree, leader of the Hill People on the planet Neural. However, she wanted power and betrayed him. She stole Dr. McCoy’s phaser and sought out the leader of a rival faction, but ended up being stabbed to death.
Julie Parrish played Joanna, an employee of the Kahala Hilton hotel in Paradise, Hawaiian Style, but she did not play an Elvis love interest. However, she was part of a scene that requires much willing suspension of disbelief. She had Elvis’ character (a helicopter pilot named Rick) transport a consignment of pedigreed dogs to a dog show. The dogs freaked out and Elvis lost control of the helicopter. Before he could gain control, he ran a car off the road and into a ditch. Well, the driver of that car just happened to be a big shot in the Federal Aviation Administration (oops). Gee, what a coincidence.
Her Star Trek role was as Miss Piper, Starfleet Adjutant to Commodore Mendez on planet Talos lV in the two-part episode “The Menagerie.” This is the show where parts of “The Cage” were shown in flashback. Captain Pike was also in the newer plot, but he had been badly disfigured by delta rays. Fortunately, Julie Parrish’s figure was just fine, and it was well displayed throughout the story.
The credits for Live A Little, Love A Little list Emily Banks’ character as “Receptionist.” I know it’s hard to notice with that voluptuous stand-up occupying so much of the photo above, but look closely, there is a receptionist here. Hey, Elvis, don’t stare. Emily Banks fared a bit better with dialogue, as she had enough lines to be the fifth woman listed in the credits.
For her Star Trek appearance in “Shore Leave,” Emily Banks played Yeoman Tonia Barrows and got to do considerably more acting. When some of the Enterprise crew beamed down to Omicron Delta for badly needed shore leave, a mysterious energy field (they show up at lot, don’t they?) caused strange things to happen individually to each crew member. For Yeoman Barrows, it was a visit from Don Juan. Too bad for Dr. McCoy, who thought scoring with her would be the perfect form of R&R.
Shari Nims was listed way down on the credits of Easy Come, Easy Go as Mary, although this name was never revealed in the film. In fact, her only part came in the Easy Go-Go nightclub scene where Elvis sand “I’ll Take Love.” Elvis was rocking so good that Mary came up on stage, grabbed a tambourine, and boogied along with him.
There was a bit of real acting by Sheri Nims as Sayana in “The Apple.” Kirk led a landing party to Gamma Trianguli VI, where they noted an abnormal electromagnetic field (geez, another one) was causing subsurface vibrations. When they investigate further, they discovered the flower-child-like people of Vaal, including Sayana, who had no concept of love or sex. Do you think maybe the Enterprise crew educated them?
Tanya Lemani did not appear in an Elvis movie, but she was featured in the ’68 Comeback Special. She had significant screen time as a belly dancer in the segment where Elvis sang “Little Egypt.”
She had a much larger part playing Kara in the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold.” Kirk, McCoy and Scotty beamed down to the hedonistic pleasure planet Argelius II, and went to a favorite café. Kara’s dancing infatuated them all, especially Scotty. When she came over to their table, Scotty put his best moves on her and she agreed to leave with him. As you can see in the picture above, Scotty was really pleased with this development. Unfortunately, Kara was attacked out on the street and stabbed to death (awww, not that again).
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