Today on Film Friday, 1957's Loving You.
Deke Rivers is a delivery man who is discovered by publicist Glenda Markle and country-western musician Tex Warner who want to promote the talented newcomer to fame and fortune, giving him every break he deserves. Romantic complications arise as Susan, another singer in the group, offers him devoted admiration as Glenda leads him on with promises of a golden future.
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Loving You is a 1957 musical vehicle for Elvis Presley. It was his first film as the star following the previous years debut as a supporting actor in Love Me Tender. The cast is completed by Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey, and in her film debut, Dolores Hart.
The story was scripted by Herbert Baker and Hal Kanter, based on the short story "A Call from Mitch Miller". Kanter expanded the script after being inspired by Presley's last appearance on the Louisiana Hayride, and his manager Colonel Tom Parker's antics.
A box office success, Loving You opened nationwide on July 9, 1957. Paramount Pictures chose to ignore the first-run theater system, opting instead to release the film in sub-run neighborhood theaters, a system later dubbed the "Presley Pattern". Composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Presley's single "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" backed with "Loving You" was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Jana Lund gives Elvis Presley his very first screen kiss.
Elvis Presley dyed his brown hair to black to celebrate his first color film.
A line of dialogue inspired the name of The Monkees, when Deke (Elvis Presley)says to his controlling managers in a moment of rebellion, "That's what you're selling, isn't it? A monkey in a zoo."
Did You Know ... Elvis Presley's parents Vernon Presley and Gladys Presley were cast as audience members in this film. After Gladys died Elvis never watched it again, saying it hurt too much to see his mother on screen.