King Creole

King Creole

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau

     
 

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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 aSee more details below

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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, 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2007
UPC:
4897007031009
Original Release:
1958
Source:
Imports
Sales rank:
55,873

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 Actor
Val Avery Actor
Hazel Boyne Actor
Franklin Farnum Actor
Jack Grinnage Dummy
Ziva Rodann Actor
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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