Kid Galahad (1962)
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The songs may have been few, KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, I GOT LUCKY, etc, but still Elvis at his best.This movie is my favorite Elvis flick hands down. PLEASE MGM produce this movie on DVD FULLSCREEN AND WIDESCREEN 5:1 DOLBY DIGITAL . DO IT SOON, FOR I WANT TO ADD IT TO MY COLLECTION. THANKS,oldugly1911
The concert movies which chronicle the Vegas road show from the last part of his career provide a striking contrast to his early rock and roll films--from rebel to caricature in less than 15 years.
The movies for which Elvis is infamous (Girl Happy, Clambake, Spinout, etc.)were made somewhere in between, and Presley should be remembered for making these--the songs were lousy, the movies were stupid, and there were too many of them to be considered just an error in his professional judgement. Even the best of them, Viva Las Vegas, follows the tired formula of the others and barely succeeds on the support of a great title track and an unbearably sexy Ann Margret.
Elvis did, however, make a handful of films shortly after leaving the Army that showed a willingness to experiment in different genres, address adult issues and to perform in character. The western, Flaming Star, cast him as a half breed caught in one of those battles between settlers and American Indians. It's not The Searchers, but in the hands of director Don Siegel, it is a good film, and Elvis is good in it. Wild in the Country was probably the greatest stretch of Presley's acting career--he plays a young writer falling in love with his mentor. Not a great movie, and Elvis shows the limits of his talent. But, he gave it a shot. The two movies produced by the Mirisch Company, Follow That Dream and Kid Galahad, are probably the best of his post-Army career.Read more ›
The opening scene sequence is unforgettable with Elvis riding on the back of a Mayflower truck singing KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. There are six songs including I GOT LUCKY. Musically, Elvis is in top form in this movie.
This is a remake of a 1937 movie that starred Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. The 1937 version was directed by Michael Curtiz who directed CASABLANCA and the Elvis movie KING CREOLE in 1958. The movie examines the corruption that was endemic to boxing and the gambling and crime associated with it.
Oscar-winner Gig Young is excellent as the promoter and DEATH WISH's Charles Bronson gives a spectacular performance as the trainer.
Elvis' acting is very good here although he is not really allowed to show his acting chops. It was a wasted opportunity. The hard edges and the harsher aspects of boxing were toned down. This movie could have been a breakout role for Elvis, but he was not allowed to show his full dramatic range. His image as a happy-go-lucky, safe entertainer had to be maintained at the expense of a strong dramatic performance. In short, Elvis was not allowed to develop and explore the dramatic depths of his character. Compared to ROCKY, the movie falls way short. Nevertheless, Elvis gives a good, convincing performance as the rising boxing star.
The song sequences are excellent especially one where Elvis and Young and Bronson are riding in a jalopy that Elvis restored and painted red.Read more ›
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Great movie, ordered for my dad since its one of his favorites. Good quality. Just the same as I remember watching as a kid.Published 26 days ago by Shopping mommy
My favorite Elvis movie. Not one of his typical boy chases girl, girl chases boy. It is a romantic movie with Elvis as a soldier turned boxer in order to come up with the money to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlene farrell
Released in 1962, “Kid Galahad” stars Elvis as an ex-GI who returns to his rustic home town in upstate New York looking for employment as a mechanic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wuchak
I am a Elvis Presley fan and I have a lot of his movies and music and I will always buy morePublished 9 months ago by eva shearer
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