Friday, 19 August 2016

Film Friday: King Creole 1958

Today on Film Friday, a film starring Elvis Presley, fortuitous as this week also marks the anniversary of his death.

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The mob tries to lure Danny Fisher, a popular New Orleans singer, into their dangerous circle. Elvis, as Danny, gives Bourbon Street a new spirited beat with his captivating singing.

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King Creole is a 1958 musical directed by Michae Curtiz and stars Elvis Presley as Danny Fisher. Also starring are Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau. It is based on the 1952 novel A Stone for Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins.

King Creole is often considered as the best movie Elvis ever made.

As of 2009, the stripper's scene - absent since 1958 - has been restored, along with her song "Banana".

At one point James Dean  was in the running for the role of Danny. At this point the film was to be a gritty urban drama. Following Dean's death and the recasting, it was reworked to suit Elvis.

Elvis later indicated that of all the roles he took on, this one was his favourite. Location shooting in New Orleans was delayed multiple times by crowds of fans attracted by the stars.

Let's take a moment ... what is happening in this picture? Is that not the most unflattering shot of these two women. He does nothing for me, but come on ladies, that's Elvis!

Meanwhile, someone tries to saw through Elvis's head! The leading man staggers forward, his face contorted in pain! Oh the humanity!

Did you know ... Elvis got a 60-day extension from his draft board to finish filming this before he was inducted into the U.S. Army.


  1. Great review, and my hubby, having been a great Elvis fan when he was just starting out, would certainly approve as well!

  2. Wonderful post as always! Many thanks.

  3. I need to watch this again. I'm a special ed teacher for high school studebts,with cognitive disabilities like downs syndrome and for summer school this year the theme was history of music and we did some stuff about elvis that they loved

  4. I think it would have been a great film with Dean as the lead as well, but by no means the same movie (even if the script had been the same regardless of the actor). Elvis and James shared points in common for sure and were both heartthrobs of the day, but each brought their own powerful presence to the big screen and ultimately, I think this story (definitely of my favourite of the King's flicks) may very have worked better as it was cast, with Elvis.

    Big hugs & happy wishes for the new week,
    ♥ Jessica

  5. I've never been much of an Elvis fan and coming to think of it I've never seen a movie with him in it or starring him. I'm kind of tempted to check them out though

  6. I have to confess, Elvis does nothing for me either! He's simply too pretty for me. Though I do enjoy his music.


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