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.