Director: Michael Curtiz
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Film Length: 116 minutes
Danny Fisher - Elvis Presley
Ronnie - Carolyn Jones
Nellie - Dolores Hart
Mr. Fisher - Dean Jagger
Maxie - Walter Matthau
Shark - Vic Morrow
Charlie LeGrand - Paul Stewart
When not at school Elvis works as a busboy in a cheap nightclub called the Blue Shade, on Bourbon Street in New Orleans' French Quarter.
During an all-night drinking party a couple of hoodlums force Elvis into singing a song. He does, but has to rescue Carolyn Jones from one of those guys.
She's the property of Walter Matthau, a gangster.
After a fight at school Elvis is told by the principal he will not graduate. A little later on he's asked to join a group of young hoodlums, led by Vic Morrow.
When he gets back home his father, Dean Jagger, says he has a new job, working in the drugstore. Elvis and him have an argument.
When his father begs him to go back to school Elvis refuses.
He joins the Morrow group after all and they rob the five-and-dime store, with Elvis singing as a decoy.
Elvis arranges a date with Dolores Hart, the girl who works there.
That night, when Elvis is working the Blue Shade again, he meets up with Jones and Matthau.
Walter Matthau challenges Elvis to sing and because he's so good, he is offered a job as a singer by Paul Stewart, who owns the King Creole nightclub.
After a while Matthau wants Elvis to stop singing at the King Creole and come work for him.
Carolyn Jones warnes Elvis, not to get involved with Matthau.
So, when Elvis refuses to sing for Matthau, the criminal contacts Morrow and orders him to set up something important to get to Elvis.
During the hold-up the hoods set up, Elvis' father is hurt and goes to the hospital.
Elvis, obviously raging mad at Walter Matthau, gives him a terrible beating. The result is that every criminal in town is on the lookout for Elvis.
Right after a fight with Morrow, Carolyn Jones takes Elvis to her hide-out in the country. She helps him recover.
Of course Matthau finds them and he kills Carolyn. Matthau himself is killed by one of his own men.
Elvis returns to the King Creole and Dolores Hart and all ends well.
Filming started on January 20, 1958 and ended on March 10.
In order to make this film, Elvis obtained a 60-day deferment from the Memphis Draft Board. He finally reported for duty on March 24 at 6:35am and became private 55310761.
Working titles: "Danny" and "Sing, You Sinners".
Director Michael Curtiz directed over a 100 films during his career, including the classis "Casablanca", which starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
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