So Priscilla and the MM wanted all those books burned and Larry Gellar gone.
I read that Anita found letters from Priscilla begging elvis to let her come visit. she got mad and then heard Elvis telling his daddy he was torn between the two women. so Anita said she would make up his mind for him and leave. she did with Elvis crying and begging her to not go. then after Priscilla came for her first visit and the rest is history. Elvis always had women to fall back on and offering to be hiseverything. I think that is why it was easy to not try as hard with the one he was with. I wish Anita would have fought harder but I understand why she didn't too. Priscilla fell for Elvis big and she was hellll bent to have him as hers. she was young and naive and did not know what that meant. for if a man will cheat with you, he will cheat on you, which she came to know too well.
I know that the Colonel can`t be blamed for everything(much as I`d love to!!) but I would be really surprised if he never had a talk with Elvis about the effect marriage would have on his career,especially in the early days when a huge part of his audience were female. I think that by the time Elvis did get married Colonel Parker was okay with it,supportive even,because it suited his image of the new all-round entertainer and wholesome guy that he wanted the world to see.
I think that people underestimate the Colonels` influence in a lot of aspects of Elvis` life...even if it was only gentle suggestion rather than telling him straight out what to do. I think he is more responsible than we think of planting seeds of doubt in Elvis` mind over many things..... like I said..not all the blame is on him,but definitely more than we think.
Ann Margert was the right choice for ELVIS They could understand each other she can help him about drugs and unheathy life syle. He can help her about her alcohol problem (I don't know was it be present at time 1963)
Elvis And Woman (+Ann Margret)
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That was good advice other managers of other popular teen idols gave their clients the same advice.
Elvis not getting married to Anita Wood, June Juanico or Dixie Locke didn't have anything to do with the Colonel though he just simply didn't want to marry any of them.
I think hypothetically if Elvis had dated a black woman or an underage girl Colonel would have objected because that would've hurt his career but other than those 2 things he stayed out of Elvis' private life.
I think we all blame Parker too much for things he never even had anything to do with.
tabloids and gossip mags make up stuff all day long if the Colonel had really interfered in Elvis' relationship with AM I think Ann Margret would've said so.
So whether Parker told Elvis to accept Girl Happy, or Harem Scarem is not the point-the point is the contracts Parker negotiated and recommended Elvis to sign-put Elvis in this position.
You are correct-if Elvis refused to do a certain picture he may have been sued for breach of contract-but Parkers negotiations on the original contracts put Elvis in this position.
As far as the Rainmaker-I do not think Elvis would have continued to believe that the Rainmaker was to be his first role if someone had not led him to believe this. (as I have pointed out several times)
Parker was always near when Elvis was interviewed-and obviously from the recorded interviews he did not correct Elvis on his Rainmaker statement.
I know Elvis would look to the Col. when he was asked a question he was unsure of-and it did not happen in this instance. So as I said no matter how you look at it Parker had a huge role in the movie careers direction whether in being out foxed by Wallis or just looking for the big paydays that he knew the musicals would bring.
Work in Progress!
I think both Elvis and Colonel Parker got stuck in the movies unintentionally
Elvis wanted to be a movie star and the well known respected movie producer Hal Wallis came along and offered him a contract so Parker and signed it.
Love me Tender, Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, Gi Blues, Blue Hawaii, Follow that Dream and Kid Galahad were all decent films
After Blue Hawaii became such a huge success all the other producers wanted to duplicate that success so from 1964-1968 Elvis made the majority of his bad films. only Viva Las Vegas and maybe Roustabout were the only decent one's made during that time in my opinion.
Colonel Parker and Elvis had no way of knowing that Blue Hawaii would be such a success that all the Hollywood studios would completely stop trying to come up with quality vehicles for himself.
If Blue Hawaii hadn't of been such a box office smash Elvis movie career probably would of followed a different path.
I think the last 4 films Elvis made were decent he didn't sing any
embarrasing songs and their seemed to be more variety in the scripts.
Trouble with Girls
Live a little, Love a little
Change of Habit
It's just that those mid 60's films made to cash in on Blue Hawaii were so bad they damaged Elvis' career as a singer and any hope of him being a serious actor.
I think the producers deserve more blame because they didn't care about Elvis artistically.
So they should share more of the blame for the demise of Elvis' film career along with Elvis and Colonel Parker.
Agree there Brian
"NO-ONE, BUT NO-ONE,IS HIS EQUAL, OR EVER WILL BE. HE WAS, AND IS SUPREME".Mick Jagger
That's absolut right.
Why they should change something what brings in a lot of money? And if you look at the movies under aspect of time - this was the kind of films which the public like a lot - they enjoyed the movies because of fun and music - like films with R. Hudson/D. Day or other teenie-idols like Fabian or the boy-group "The Monkeys" or "Herman Hermits" ect.
True is that one of Elvis biggest wish was to be a great actor. But at the 60's was not the right time to do so. He had so much talent in a lot of things - maybe in filming he was underestimate of the producers - because his films were always a boxcash-guarantee.
If you take a look back - whenever come up rumors of engagements in the media - you can see it was the end of the relationship. It was this way with June Juanico and also with Ann Magret.
with Priscilla: I believe both of them had different opinions how a marriage has to be. And if there is no common so it's a question of time the marriage failed.
I think Elvis was always looking for somebody he could trust, who loved
him as the person he was, not for being a Superstar, somebody to share his thoughts and his interests and this is difficult in a normal life. How difficult it must be when you are someone like Elvis. Always asking yourself questions if the woman love you as the human you are or she love the rich Superstar. And I think he never wasn't sure by this.
He growed up in culturally-rooted forms of the south and this characterise his whole life, his mind and thinking how has to be the "right woman" for him.
The biggest part of Elvis is his heart; it is full of love for everyone