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Considered by many to be the best Elvis movie KING CREOLE stars the young Mr. Presley as Danny Fisher a singer with a knack for getting into trouble. After the cops nab him for stealing Danny vows never to violate the law again. He manages to land a gig singing at a hip nightclub in the French Quarter of New Orleans. However mobster Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau) soon demands that Danny perform exclusively for him. And to make matters worse Danny gets involved with Maxie's squeeze (Carolyn Jones) and risks losing his true love Nellie (Dolores Hart) as well as his own neck.
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Elvis's favorite movie of his is mine, too. Good jazzy songs, good story, and yes, good acting by the young, trim Elvis. His lines were delivered without rushing them the way he did in other movies, and with an appropriate amount of emotion.
A few of the lines from the two needy women who loved him were a little melodramatic, but that can be overlooked, it's all so camp, cute and nostalgic, with a sweet song in a happy ending that brings tears to my eyes.
Written by Harold Robbins who also wrote _The Carpetbaggers_, "King Creole" is heavy drama with some PG violence and adult themes but '50s clean.
Interesting note: Dolores Hart, who plays good girl Nellie, also appeared in "Loving You" and the first "Where the Boys Are." She left Hollywood and became a nun. Now a Mother Superior, she retains her membership in the Academy and votes each year for the Academy Awards, so I have read.
The supporting cast all give great performances, especially bad girl Carolyn Jones, her "boyfriend," Walter Matthau as the villain, plus Dean Jagger as Elvis's father.
Elvis loved this movie and wanted to do more drama, such as Peter O'Toole's "The Lion in Winter." He hated the trite movies the Colonel pushed on him, hated that his wildly successful movies provided financing for good movies of less-received depth and drama he was not allowed to do.
"King Creole" shows he could have done them well. And the singing, of course, is wonderful!
It arrived in quick time way within the stated window and in perfect condition.
Stylishly black and white heavy contrasts and greys. The cast is terrific Carolyn Jones;Vic Morrow; Walter Matthau. Elvis can act and does a perfect job here. He does it very well. And sings in his prime. Down in New Orleans.
Michael Curtiz directed this - one of the great noir filmmakers ie.,Mildred Pierce w/ Joan Crawford. I love his directing. He also directed John Wayne's 'The Commancheros'; and King Creole was his last film. Highly recommend this for your collection of early Elvis. A must have. Good for teens too.
It is a time piece. Should be in the Smithsonian.