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Girl Happy (DVD)

Elvis Presley stars as a singer on an undercover assignment to chaperone the rich and sexy daughter of a Chicago mob boss. Sun, sand and girls in bikinis! Band singer Rusty Wells (Presley) wants some time off from his Chicago nightclub gig to enjoy the springtime migration of young, beautiful women to the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The gangster owner of the Chicago club agrees to let Rusty go ... if Rusty keeps a surreptitious eye on his beautiful, rebellious daughter. Now, a simple Easter vacation trip to Florida turns into this madcap musical adventure.

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Harold J. Stone, Gary Crosby, Mary Ann Mobley
  • Directors: Boris Sagal
  • Writers: Harvey Bullock, R.S. Allen
  • Producers: Joe Pasternak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QXDEEA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Girl Happy" on IMDb

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Dooley on August 7, 2007
Format: DVD
I am a big ELVIS fan... The six titles in this set were only on VSH until now. Charro was released on dvd before but quality was poor. This new version of CHARRO is wonderful... I can't find anything on the package that states it is re-mastered But I have just watched it. The color and sound are perfect. This Hollywood Collection dvd of Charro is the very best version I've ever seen!
GIRL HAPPY and KISSIN' COUSINS - On the back of each dvd case it states it is a new digital transfer of complete original theatrical version. But nothing about being re-mastered.
TICKLE ME, STAY AWAY JOE, LIVE A LITTLE LOVE A LITTLE - are all great quality dvd movies.
All dvds are widescreen version and subtitles are English or French *except Tickle Me is English only. For each movie titled there is a set of 4 movie set pictures & 1 mini movie poster enclosed in each case. Pictures are approximately 7 inches by 4.5 inches.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By T.J. Hooker on May 29, 2007
Format: DVD
I love every second of this film. Elvis is at his peak and Shelley Fabares is at her most beautiful. The supporting cast is also great: Gary Crosby, Jimmy Hawkins, Joby Baker, Nita Talbot, Harold J. Stone, Chris Noel, Mary Ann Mobley. Every song is great and the chemistry between Elvis & Shelley really shows strong here. No Elvis movie collection should be complete without his best film. I give it an 11 out of 10!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carl Savich on September 14, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
GIRL HAPPY is a fun 1965 musical comedy starring Elvis Presley. GIRL HAPPY features Shelley Fabares, who herself had a number one hit record with JOHNNY ANGEL in 1962. Fabares, who was a cast member of THE DONNA REED SHOW, later starred in the ABC comedy series COACH. There is a great scene where she sings while driving a car. Fabares and Elvis click on the big screen. GIRL HAPPY is a fun in the sun movie.

The movie is a musical comedy that pokes fun at the spring break movies of the early 1960s. It is similar in style to GREASE or the BEACH BLANKET BINGO/BEACH PARTY movies or the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW or BYE BYE BIRDIE. So if you liked those, you will like GIRL HAPPY. It has the usual Elvis movie routines: A fist fight, singing on a stage, singing while driving a car, water skiing, riding a motocycle, and doing the Clam, a new dance that never quite caught on, but which is fun to watch nevertheless. Shelley Fabares and Mary Ann Mobley saunter on the beach and in the pool in bikinis. GIRL HAPPY, indeed!

Jackie Coogan, who played Uncle Fester on the Addams Family TV series and was in the Charlie Chaplin movies, plays a policeman. Elvis even impersonates a woman to get out of jail.

The movie is a tongue in cheek take on the spring break movies. The plot and screenplay are adequate. The music is excellent although lyrically weak. The best song is PUPPET ON A STRING by Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett. The musical score is very good but many of the songs are merely typical movie musical numbers, such as FORT LAUDERDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and WOLF CALL. But Elvis performs them well. They are obviously tongue in cheek numbers that are not to be taken too seriously.

GIRL HAPPY is entertaining. This version includes the original movie trailer.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jon Wolf on September 24, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I grew up watching this movie and singing all the songs. I love Viva Las Vegas and all his big hits, but Girl Happy to me just has it all. Its kind of how I imagined Elvis would be, singing and chasing after women. Please put it on DVD!!!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Clay Jr. on February 16, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
What can be said of another formulaic Elvis Presley movie? The usual elements of music, romance, comedy, and exotic locations are present. The songs are typical light weight rock 'n roll fluff from the mid-sixties. Ultimately, the allure of this film is one's interest in Elvis Presley. As is well known, the mid-sixties were a creative wasteland in the career of one of the most remarkable musical entertainers ever. The iron-fisted control Colonel Tom Parker exerted over Elvis' career stifled Presley's creative impulses regarding movie roles. Parker's idea was to keep "my boy" before the public in an endless series of Grade B flicks targeted at teeny-boppers of all ages. Ironically, the concept was profitable, for a while. Dedicated Elvis fans, including me, flocked to the local movie theater to munch popcorn and hum along to the title song "Girl Happy," "Puppet on a String," and (dare I confess it?) "Do the Clam." Now I am almost fifty, I can admit these foibles without blushing.
"Girl Happy" is okay family entertainment. Artistically the film is in the same league with Doris Day movies and Jerry Lewis comedies. The romance aspects are mild enough to view with the kids. The comedy is clean, and the language always appropriate. The film is great for nostalgia buffs that remember early high school days and the entertainment options available for young adults. (Remember the Beach Party movies)? There is nothing remarkable about this movie, but it is harmless fun. It's sad to be reminded of the wasted opportunities of Elvis' career, but that is getting way too cerebral over a light weight movie such as "Girl Happy." Don't think about; just kick back and enjoy it.
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