King Creole

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Elvis Presley delivers one of his finest early performances in King Creole. Elvis plays a teenager named Danny Fisher, who is forced to drop out of school to help support his ineffective father Dean Jagger. Drawn to trouble like a magnet, Danny is saved from a jail term by New Orleans salloonkeeper Charlie Le Grand Paul Stewart, who gives the boy a job as a singer. It isn't long, however, before local gang boss Maxie Fields Walter Matthau, a shadowy figure from Danny's criminal past, puts the muscle on the boy, ...
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Overview

Elvis Presley delivers one of his finest early performances in King Creole. Elvis plays a teenager named Danny Fisher, who is forced to drop out of school to help support his ineffective father Dean Jagger. Drawn to trouble like a magnet, Danny is saved from a jail term by New Orleans salloonkeeper Charlie Le Grand Paul Stewart, who gives the boy a job as a singer. It isn't long, however, before local gang boss Maxie Fields Walter Matthau, a shadowy figure from Danny's criminal past, puts the muscle on the boy, insisting that Danny sing at his establishment. To lure Danny to his side of the fence, Maxie relies upon the seductive charms of his gun moll Ronnie Carolyn Jones, while Danny's true love Nellie Dolores Hart suffers on the sidelines. In addition to the expected musical numbers which are cleverly integrated into the storyline, the film's highlight is a brief exchange of fisticuffs between Elvis and Walter Matthau. Together with Jailhouse Rock, King Creole is one of the best filmed examples of the untamed, pre-army Elvis Presley. The picture was adapted from Harold Robbins' novel A Stone for Danny Fisher.
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A more serious-minded Elvis Presley picture than most, King Creole was originally intended to be a non-musical with James Dean in the starring role. Directed by skilled studio veteran Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Mildred Pierce), Elvis displays an acting ability that had only been hinted at in previous roles. Presley always said that Creole was his favorite film; it and the previous year's Jailhouse Rock are most likely his best features. He was drafted into the army soon after the film's release, and, upon returning in 1960, he cut back on performing music to concentrate on his acting career. Throughout the 1960s, he put out two or three movies a year; unfortunately, the pictures remained mostly repetitive, empty serials designed to capitalize on his name and music. While garish, King Creole is nonetheless more of an attempt at a real movie. Like many Elvis movies, this one is produced by the legendary Hal B. Wallis; unlike the others, Creole is based on a well-respected work of fiction, Harold Robbins' A Stone for Danny Fisher.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • EAN: 4897007031009
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Source: Imports
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,161

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Danny Fisher
Carolyn Jones Ronnie
Walter Matthau Maxie Fields
Dolores Hart Nellie
Dean Jagger Mr. Fisher
Liliane Montevecchi "Forty" Nina
Vic Morrow Shark
Paul Stewart Charlie LeGrand
Jan Shepard Mimi Fisher
Brian G. Hutton Sal
Dick Winslow Eddie Burton
Raymond Bailey Mr. Evans
Minta Durfee Arbuckle
Val Avery
Hazel Boyne
Franklin Farnum
Jack Grinnage Dummy
Ziva Rodann
Kitty White Street Vendor (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Harbert Baker Screenwriter
Roy C. Bennett Songwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Claude Demetrius Songwriter
Rachel Frank Songwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Michael Vincente Gazzo Screenwriter
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director
Martin Kalmanoff Songwriter
Jerry Lieber Songwriter
Warren Low Editor
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Charles O'Curran Choreography
Hal Pereira Art Director
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Aaron Schroeder Songwriter
Abner Silver Songwriter
Mike Stoller Songwriter
Sid Tepper Songwriter
Kay Twomey Songwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Sid Wayne Songwriter
Ben Weisman Songwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup
Fred Wise Songwriter
Al Wood Songwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Elvis movie you should not miss

    I recently began reading a lot of biographies about Elvis, and it was so interesting to me that after not having a television for 11 years, I went out and got a video player so I could see some Elvis documentaries and movies. I rented King Creole from a place, and after the opening songs, they all began speaking in French! I decided to go ahead and buy the film, because I really wanted to see this movie. Well, I was not disappointed, this is a good movie. Not that I approve of the life style in New Orleans; I say it is good because Elvis and everyone did a very good job in a very believable movie. Elvis was very convincing as a schoolboy. He looked very young and innocent, and that hair!! It was just fun to see his beautiful hair falling in his face all the time. Elvis did a good job at portraying emotion in this film, from being a tough guy,to stuttering with nervousness or insecurity, to crying because he played a part in how his father landed in the hospital with a head injury. Actually, everyone played his or her part well in this film. The songs Elvis had to sing were good too, and they fit into the story line. ''Trouble'' is a great song, so is ''Dixieland Rock'', ''New Orleans'', and ''King Creole''. Elvis is very sweet and innocent standing in the nightclub one morning with some drunks,singing ''Steadfast, Loyal,and True'' accapella. The opening song, ''Turtles, Berries, and Gumbo'' was not sung by Elvis, but by 3 black street vendors, but was a good song and set the mood of the opening of the film where Elvis sings ''Crawfish'' with a passing vendor woman.I think I read somewhere that there are 11 songs sung in this movie, but you would not know it, because they fit so well in the plot of the movie. (Totally unlike later Elvis films, where you get to the point of groaning and saying,''Oh, no, not another song!'') I felt the filming technique was very well done, especially at the end where he comes out the door of Ronnie's beach house; the camera pans around and you really feel with Elvis, Where am I? The one disappointment I had in the film was that I think they could have had more filmed when Danny was with Ronnie at the beach house, and showing how she took care of him, and what exactly took place there the few days he was there. It would have been nice to have developed Danny and Ronnie's relationship a bit more before she is tragically killed at the end. Elvis said this was his favorite role, and I can see why. I highly recommend this film to anyone who is studying Elvis or wants to see an example of a GOOD Elvis movie. And like I said, that beautiful hair falling in his face will bring a smile to your face, if nothing else!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elvis' Best Script and His Best Acting

    This was the last really good movie Elvis made and is actually his best. The critics finally gave Elvis good reviews and Elvis himself considered this is best movie. The original script had been planned for a vehicle for James Dean before he died. It was rewritten when Elvis was cast. Don't expect one of Elvis' goofy playboy movies that he made in the '60s. This is a film with all around good acting from everyone involved and a decent, believable script.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elvis-The Actor!

    King Creole has to be one of the best, if not the best of all the flims that Elvis made. He showed that he not only can sing, but he had the beginnings of some great acting chops, too. The movie was based on a book by Harold Robbins called A Stone For Danny Fisher. The story was modified to showcase Elvis' talent, and it did that in a big way. This was the kind of movie that Elvis wanted to make, but unfortunately, the Colonel didn't agree. He thought that Elvis' fans wanted to just see him sing and gyrate his hips, when all we really wanted was to be able to see him whenever we could. The supporting cast was made up of some Hollywood heavy hitters, and Elvis showed that he could more than hold his own in their company. It's such a shame that he wasn't able to make many more movies that allowed him to shine the way King Creole did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elvis At His Very Best!

    In King Creole, Elvis demonstrates his excellent acting qualities. With a supporting cast of such notables as Walter Matthau and Carolyn Jones, I don't believe it is possible to not like this movie. Elvis was only 23 at time King Creole was filmed and his young, good looks allow him to be convincing as a High School student. The story line is great - following in the 1950s ''Rebel without a Cause'' genre. In fact, Elvis was a James Dean fan and it is ironic that he should be stepping in for Dean in this movie. The music of the film fits beautifully with the storyline and is some of Elvis' best. Here Elvis has not been tamed by Hollywood and for those of us who are too young to remember the Elvis of the 1950s, this is a great film to get a sense of his early rebelliousness and controversy. All in all, I feel that King Creole is an excellent film and one that anyone, Elvis fan or not, can appreciate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    please read this maens alot to me

    elvis is the best in the world to day i wanna to go to see him in 1977 but he died and i cry alot becouse i did not go to see him becouse if that i was and i am getting all his moves i have about half if them right now me and my brother are trying to play some if his music we are if anyone know lise please have her right me back on here here is my e-mail addess hotwddg@aol.com and thank you very much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best Elvis movies made

    I bought this movie because I had read the credits actually called Elvis an actor in this. It is true. Elvis can act. A well written story with a fine supporting cast. Elvis also sings some of the best songs in a New Orleans Jazz style that fit him real good. I recommend this to anyone who wants to see a good Elvis movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elvis Presley tries to save King Creole from being boring but failes.

    I have seen better Elvis Presley movies than this. This time Elvis Presley is cast as a high school student? Why? The film makes not scense. When the movie opens it is Danny Fisher's (Elvis Presley) last day. He works for Maxie Fields. He is a busboy. At school he picks a fight and can not graude from High School. He drops out. He wants to work in lieu of going to high school for another year. But how whould Danny tell his father, But he already knows. So he comes home acting like he doesn't know. He tells his son do the studies and let me to the work. But he has been canned a number of times. If you are a big Elvis Presley fan your going to be disappointed in this film. I can't recommend this film for Elvis Presley fans. But only who has reservations.

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    Posted November 6, 2009

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