View Full Version : Elvis' Riveting Screen Work.
10-02-2006, 06:37 AM
Brian Quinn, raised quite a good point when he mentioned Elvis's gyration in "Love Me Tender" as being our first sight in Europe of Elvis actually performing songs. I guess that's why the vast majority of Elvis fans back then never though about the Western setting:-)
Such insight is valuable when we run up against the more clinical reviews of Elvis's early movies.
That's why I have a soft spot for the "Loving You" movie. Dolores Hart too:-)
But did Elvis ever look more androgenous than when he was singing Young Dreams in "King Creole" movie? It's amazing what can catch ones eye sometimes!
Elvis singing Trouble was another example of excellent stage work on the screen. Riveting screen work by a veritable amateur!
Anyone remember the station wagon in the Loving You movie?
This is the closest we got http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v498/MauriceColgan/1956_Dodge.jpg we purchased a four door version in 1964. Same colours too.
10-02-2006, 07:00 AM
Great looking car.(y)
I am a great fan of US cars from the 50's and 60's.
Someday i hope to have a US car of my own, but it is still a dream that hasn't come true.:'(
10-02-2006, 11:06 AM
:D Thats a really nice car, do you still have it?
10-02-2006, 12:24 PM
stutz1973, yes the 50s and 60s American cars were very cool. That's why they are used in so many TV ads and music videos.
There was a black version of the 1956 Dodge Coronet for sale in Arklow Ireland a few years ago for about 5,000 Euros..so they can be found comparitively cheap.
Ours cost 250 pounds sterling in 1964...we could have bought a cottage in Ireland for that money back then but we were young and foolish:-) A cottage will cost you 250,000 now!
elvislady, No we have not got the Dodge. Just a little Fiat Punto 1.2.
The large white convertible in Loving You was also a Dodge.
10-04-2006, 03:35 AM
"Just beyond the mountain lies a city...." Notice the Beethovenesque opening beats (y)
Another riveting although interrupted perfomance was Elvis singing "Lonesome Cowboy".
What in tarnation was Elvis thinking of taking up that stance? Surely it was one of the strangest moments in the history of musicals.
Imagine Elvis doing that song in that fashion to a live audience in a real theatre..how many offers of phone calls would he have really received!!!
I like the song, the whistling, and wonder why it is so rarely mentioned and it's performance in the "Loving You"movie passed over by critics?
At least one author regarded it as an inferior song...why?
10-05-2006, 04:51 AM
Well King Creole is usually raised above Jailhouse Rock by most critics. But what do they know:-)
The impact of Elvis's early movies have been undestimated by a great many commentators...But not all by any means! I have read some very interesting reviews over the decades.
The scenes in Woodbine Cemetry (Loving You) where Deke Rivers explains how he got his name was quite a performance by Elvis..stuttering an' all.
When Glenda and Deke drove up to Woodbine cemetery a ripple of laughter ran through many cinemas in the UK and Ireland because many of us at the time (1957) were smoking woodbine cigarettes:-)
When Deke walked away from Susie at the farm, after singing Loving You and holding her we saw shades of his Jailhouse Rock character. "See Ya" indeed!
Just as his dance routine when singing Mean Women Blues was mirrored in Jailhouse Rock. And the Twins clapping with an impersonator close by was picked up by Elvis scholar Dr Peter Nazareth in a most unusual essay.
But what about the, Gotta Lotta Livin' to Do Finale?...that extraordinary performance had us really clapping and dancing in the aisles in '57.
I still have the ten inch, 8 song vinyl album. Well worn of course.
10-07-2006, 11:31 AM
manelens, Yes being still around in 2006 is a surprise to me:)
Follow that Dream was another underestimated Elvis movie............it had us in stitches back then. Audiences were a little more naive.
Now we are so sophisticated :hmm:
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