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Clambake

4.1 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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A Texas oil heir comes to Miami and trades places with a poor water-skiing instructor.

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Elvis's outfits are impressive in 1967's Clambake, especially a groovy, belted sport coat and a cream-colored suit covered with cowhide-style stitching. The costumes are more creative than the soundtrack, which is heavy with the mindlessness of late-period Elvis movies. As he sings "Confidence" (an obvious rip-off of the Oscar-winning "High Hopes"), you can almost see Elvis batting out "Just shoot me" in Morse code with his eyelids. The only decent tune has the star crooning a nice, lonesome version of the standard "You Don't Know Me." This one's set in Florida, but with none of the scenic fun of his Hawaii pictures. He plays a rich oilman's son pretending to be a water-skiing instructor, with Shelley Fabares (a three-time Presley costar) as the girl. The camp highlight is an ensemble number with go-go girls helping Elvis fix a speedboat, which is just about as far from Sun Studios as you can get. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby, Gary Merrill
  • Directors: Arthur H. Nadel
  • Writers: Arthur Browne Jr.
  • Producers: Tom Rolf, Arnold Laven, Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N89L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,641 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Clambake" on IMDb

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By Dr Robert Apuzzio on March 19, 2002
Format: DVD
Clambake starring Elvis Presley,Shelley Fabares,Will Hutchins,Bill Bixby,Gary Merrill,and James Gregory was an entertaining film with a very good cast.It's a take-off on the "Prince and the Pauper" story of a rich man that swaps identity with a poor man and wants to see if he can be a success without the family wealth.Too bad the quality of the print used in making this DVD was poor.The sharpness is disappointing, the color is weak, and there are numerous artifacts seen such as scratches and streaks.Also,the soundtrack is mediocre at best,even though a true HiFi/stereo soundtrack was originally recorded by Elvis for this release.There is no excuse for this hatchet-job,and I recommend you avoid purchasing this title until a respectable effort is made to produce a high-quality copy of this film.If you are a die-hard Elvis fan you'll probably buy it for your library,but the studio did justice to no one with the release of this DVD.Shame on the greedy leeches!
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By A Customer on July 16, 2001
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I have seen every one of Elvis's movies over and over again. This is my very favorite one. Even people I know who don't care for his movies liked this one. Elvis plays a rich guy who changes places with a poor guy. He wants to get a girl who likes him for himself and not for his money. The songs in this movie are his best. Bill Bixby plays the guy you love to hate. Everyone does a great job making this a really fun movie. If you are ever going to buy any of Elvis's movies, this is the one to buy.
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When you're buying a DVD for a film you already have on tape, it is with the expectation of getting something better in terms of sound or picture quality.
Such is unfortunately not the case with this one. The film is the average low-budget Presley vehicule of the 60's, and the DVD transfer is not even up to that standard.
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It you want a top review of "Clambake", then read the four and five star comments. If you are down on Elvis to begin with, you'll want the one and two star reviews. Let's face it, Elvis was one of the greatest talents in the 20th century. Had the Colonel not controlled him, he would have made the films he wanted, and in fact, he was a top choice for several top pictures. Be that as it may, his singing, from rock 'n roll to gospel, is beyond compare. There are better Elvis films than "Clambake" but, I am personally prejudiced and you may want to read no further unless you like Hollywood stories.

One of the dancers in this film, who sparkles in her few scenes, is Angelique Pettyjohn (Gloria). A Las Vegas native and showgirl, she was best known for the "classic Star Trek" episode, "Gamesters of Triskelion". She had the female lead as the beautiful and sensitive Shahna. (Mispelled on some DVD labels as Shanna.) Her role made her a most popular guest at conventions, which is how we met her.

My wife and I ran media conventions for thirty years and she was our most popular early guest. We had her as a guest twice, and she stayed over both times to help raise money for scholarships and to visit classrooms. In my wife's kindergarten class she did face painting since it was close to Halloween. Much safer for small kids out at night than masks. She also visited my high school classes and conducted drama workshops.

In one class she particularly talked about "Clambake". Elvis was very down to Earth and just what every fan believes or wants to believe. One time he came over to her and a couple other dancers and asked if they minded if he tried out a new song. Naturally they were thrilled and he serenaded them. Afterward he asked their opinions.
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This is one of my favorite Elvis movies (it's fun, it's campy, what can I say?), but this DVD transfer has to be one of the worst I've ever seen. It honestly looks like someone recorded it with a video camera off a television screen and did a digital transfer. I had to change the ratio aspect on the television to get the "widescreen" to fill (on the normal full aspect, the "widescreen" was a rectangle in the middle of the screen with gray bars down each side, as though it were made to fit into an old-fashioned console); the color was extremely muddy, and the sound was blurred.

I sincerely hope that for the Blu-Ray release a better copy is found for the digital transfer and the soundtrack is re-mastered. Elvis movies may be cheesy, but they are fun and at least us fans enjoy them.
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This was the 3rd and final film that Elvis Presley stared with Shelley Fabares. Remember in the first two films, Elvis had a combo and sang at clubs. But this time he is on his own.
Scott Heyward (Elvis Presley) is a millionaire's son. But he doesn't need $$$$ like his old man.
In the Sunshine State, he trades places with Ton Wilson (Will Hutchins, Spinout). Tom is going to be a ski teacher for a hotel. Elvis's first student is Dianne Carter (Shelly Fabares).
There is aslo a playboy boatracer named James Jamison (the late Bill Bixby) down there too. Scott's father (James Gregory) owns Heywood Oil. Scott aslo meets a boat co owner named Sam Burton (Gary Merrill).
There is a big boat race coming up. And Scott, Tom & Sam used a boat 50-50.
If you know someboy that either likes boats or an Elvis Presley fan, here is a film they may like.
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