Jailhouse Rock

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One of the best of Elvis Presley's pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, "dangerous" Elvis that had won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, Elvis strikes up a friendship with visionary fellow-con Mickey Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy suggests that Elvis perform in the upcoming prison show. Ol' swivel-hips scores a hit, and decides to stay in showbiz after his ...
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One of the best of Elvis Presley's pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, "dangerous" Elvis that had won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, Elvis strikes up a friendship with visionary fellow-con Mickey Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy suggests that Elvis perform in the upcoming prison show. Ol' swivel-hips scores a hit, and decides to stay in showbiz after his release. Together with pretty Judy Tyler the former Princess Summerfall Winterspring on Howdy Doody, who would die in a horrible traffic accident shortly after completing this film, Elvis sets up his own record company. Alas, success goes to his head, and soon Elvis plans to ditch Tyler in favor of signing with a big-time label. Shaughnessy shows up long enough to punch out Elvis for his disloyalty; as a result, Elvis' vocal chords are damaged and he is unable to sing. Deserted by his flunkeys and hangers-on, Elvis learns the value of friendship and fidelity when Tyler and Shaughnessy stay by his side in his darkest hours. His voice restored, Elvis climbs back up the charts--but this time, he's a much nicer fellow, and a lot more committed to Tyler. Usually the musical numbers in a Presley picture this one has a doozy, complete with chorus boys dressed as convicts! are more compelling than the plot. Jailhouse Rock is a perfect balance of song and story from beginning to end; seldom would Elvis be so well showcased in the future.
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Special Features

Commentary by Steve Pond, author of Elvis in Hollywood; New featurette the Scene That stole Jailhouse Rock; Digitally remastered for improved picture quality; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as original Mono; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: Fran├žais (main feature. bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
If Jailhouse Rock isn't Elvis Presley's best movie, it's close enough to the top of the heap to be essential viewing for anyone interested in The King's legacy, and it's one of his few vehicles which really caught his raw, sexy energy and sneering charisma on film. Playing an ex-con rock & roll singer, Elvis' role isn't much of a stretch here, but it also allows him to let his natural charm shine through, and the film's cynical portrait of the inner working of the music business certainly seems to agree with him. Elvis didn't get many chances to play a character with a dark side or a bad attitude (especially after his hitch in the Army), and Jailhouse Rock finds him reveling in Vince Everett's cocky swagger and seen-it-all cool. Richard Thorpe's direction isn't especially inspired, but he keeps the story moving along well enough, and the production number for the title song is one of the few times Presley's live-wire magnetism made its way through the studio's choreography. Jailhouse Rock plays like a good, tough B-movie with some rockin' musical numbers thrown in, and it certainly serves Elvis and his talent far better than the glossier but empty-headed movies that dominated his post-Army career. Keep your ears peeled for the priceless moment where Elvis shares his opinions on modern jazz!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2007
  • UPC: 012569797833
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,534

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Vince Everett
Judy Tyler Peggy Van Alden
Mickey Shaughnessy Hunk Houghton
Vaughn Taylor Mr. Shores
Jennifer Holden Sherry Wilson
Dean Jones Teddy Talbot
Anne Neyland Laury Jackson
The Jordanaires Musician
Mike Stoller Pianist
Hugh Sanders Warden
Grandon Rhodes Prof. August Van Alden
Don Burnett Mickey Alba
George Cisar Jake the Bartender
Glenn Strange Mr. Simpson
John Indrisano Convict
Robert Bice Bardeman, TV Studio Manager
Percy Helton Sam Brewster
Peter Adams Jack Lease
Dan White Paymaster
Robin Raymond Dotty
John Day Ken
S. John Launer Judge
Dick Rich Guard
Elizabeth Slifer Cleaning Woman
Gloria Pall Stripteaser
Fred Coby Bartender
Walter Johnson Shorty
Frank Kreig Drunk
William Tannen Record Distributor
Wilson Wood Record Engineer
Tom McKee TV Director
Donald Kerr Photographer
Carl Milletaire Drummond
Francis de Sales Surgeon
Harry Hines Hotel Clerk
Dorothy Abbott Woman in Restaurant
William Forrest Studio Head
Katherine Warren Mrs. Van Alden
Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Jeff Alexander Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy C. Bennett Songwriter
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
Randall Duell Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Kathryn Hereford Associate Producer
William Horning Art Director
Jerry Lieber Songwriter
Robert E. Relyea Asst. Director
Alex Romero Choreography
Aaron Schroeder Songwriter
Abner Silver Songwriter
Mike Stroller Songwriter
Sid Tepper Songwriter
Guy Troper Screenwriter
Richard Trosper Screenwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Ben Weisman Songwriter
Ralph Winters Editor
Ned Young Original Story
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jailhouse Rock
1. Credits [1:22]
2. Bar Fight [3:12]
3. Hunk Houghton [4:25]
4. One More Day [3:05]
5. Young and Beautiful (1) [2:46]
6. I Wanna Be Free [2:20]
7. Sign Here [2:52]
8. Do It First [3:03]
9. Out of Jail [2:58]
10. Exploitation Men [3:13]
11. Young and Beautiful (2) [3:54]
12. Don't Leave Me Now [4:03]
13. Record Deal [3:54]
14. Beast in Me [3:38]
15. Vince's Voice Change [2:44]
16. Let's Make Money [3:51]
17. Treat Me Nice [5:19]
18. Each Other's Other Plans [5:06]
19. Hunk Returns [2:35]
20. Jailhouse Rock [3:30]
21. Expensive Flunkie [1:06]
22. Leading Lady [3:05]
23. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care [5:29]
24. The Way the Mop Flops [3:17]
25. Teaching Vince a Lesson [6:37]
26. Young and Beautiful (3) [5:10]
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Disc #1 -- Jailhouse Rock
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Steve Pond
      The Scene That Stole Jailhouse Rock
      Theatrical Trailer
      Web Info
      Spoken Languages
         English 5.1
         English (Mono)
         English (for the Hearing Impaired)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2001


    I have been studying on Elvis lately because my mom, who died recently, was a big Elvis fan and I wanted to know what it was about Elvis that my mom liked. Well, I read LOTS of good books, and I find Elvis to be a very interesting person. So, I decided to see some of his movies. I wasn't at all sure I would like this movie since I don't particularly like the song Jailhouse Rock. Well, I was wrong, this is one of Elvis' BEST movies. I was more than pleasantly surprised. My daughter and I watched this over and over and never got tired of it. I was a bit put off at Elvis' attitude in the movie, because Elvis was not really like that, but I was glad to see him lose the attitude in the end. In one scene, at Peggy's home, he really looked like James Dean to me. I liked the songs he sang, especially ''Your So Square''. Just really enjoy how Elvis put himself into his songs!! This movie had some good lines, some humor, and of course Elvis is just beautiful to look at! Overall it was just a really good Elvis movie. You'll like it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2001

    Don't you ever watch this once, watch it twice...

    It is my personal opinion that this movie should have been called ''Young and Beautiful'' rather than ''Jailhouse Rock''. Only a small portion of the picture takes place in the pen, and the Jailhouse Rock number itself appears only once in a TV shooting sequence, whereas ''Young and Beautiful'' is thematic throughout. It is the first song Elvis sings and the last, and much of the instrumental in between. When Vince Everett (Elvis) kills a man while defending a woman, he is sent to jail, where he meets Hunk Houghton, former country star. Under Hunk's hardened influence, Vince turns from an average, nice guy to a cold, sardonic, brooding character whose only interest is to make money. Lots of money. Hunk also teaches him to play the guitar and Vince decides to try making his money through music after he gets out. He meets Peggy van Alden, another singer's ''exploitation man''. She helps Vince make a record. When the record is stolen from them by a double-crossing company, Vince and Peggy start their own record company. Then they start having troubles. Peggy has seen that Vince looks at their relationship as strictly business and a means to one end: money. So she goes out with Teddy Talbot the Record Spinner for a date and in doing so makes Vince mad. He finds another girl and makes Peggy mad as well. Neither of them give in and use the telephone to clear up the problem. Then Vince heads for Hollywood, gets into a movie, and falls in love with his leading lady. He's giving a party for her when Peggy turns up to talk about cutting some new records. Vince realises how much he missed her, but makes her upset again by telling her that he is going to sell out his record company to another for the extremely lucrative benefits that will result. By the end of the movie, however, he realises that Peggy is all that really matters to him after all, and the curtain goes down with him singing ''Young and Beautiful'' to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jail House Rock Really does Deliver

    This is one of Elvis Presley best movies made. Elvis Presley stars as a truck driver that gets thrown into jail because of manslaughter. His cell mate was once a star. Once freed, he meets Peggy Van Alden (Judy Taylor). She becomes his agent. And he hires a lawyer to be his manger. Once the ex-star is free from jail, trouble brews. I recoomend this film for Elvis Presley fans.

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