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Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

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Director: Robert D. Webb

Cast: Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley


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Elvis Presley made his motion picture debut in the Civil War drama Love Me Tender. Elvis, however, is not the star of the proceedings: that honor goes jointly to Richard Egan and Debra Paget. The story concerns three brothers--Egan, William Campbell and James Drury--who steal a Union payroll on behalf of the Confederacy, only to discover that the war is over


Elvis Presley made his motion picture debut in the Civil War drama Love Me Tender. Elvis, however, is not the star of the proceedings: that honor goes jointly to Richard Egan and Debra Paget. The story concerns three brothers--Egan, William Campbell and James Drury--who steal a Union payroll on behalf of the Confederacy, only to discover that the war is over and that they're now technically outlaws. Rather than return the money, the brothers divvy it up amongst themselves. Upon returning home, Egan discovers that his sweetheart (Debra Paget) has married Elvis, his youngest brother. Since Love Me Tender has been played incessantly on TV since the early 1960s, it is giving away nothing to reveal that the film is one of two in which Elvis Presley's character dies at the end. Naturally, Elvis is afforded plenty of opportunities to sing: the scene in which he launches into an anachronistic hip-swivelling performance at a county fair is one of the high points of mid-1950s kitsch.

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All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
It would take an enterprising brain to grab the hip-swivelling, rock 'n rolling Elvis Presley more or less straight from the Ed Sullivan show and dump him smack into a Civil War melodrama -- complete with screaming, albeit period-clad, teenage girls. But that is exactly what veteran scribe Maurice Geraghty set out to do in Love Me Tender and without apparently giving it a second thought. The results are uneven at best but the burgeoning teen idol actually handles the straight acting better than could be expected. In fact, Elvis is the only member of the cast with a somewhat realistic accent. Fox had enough trust in Presley's drawing power to award Love Me Tender Cinemascope (but not color) which, unfortunately, mostly succeeds to dwarf Geraghty's quaint little story of brotherly love and perceived betrayal.

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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by noted Elvis Historian Jerry Schilling featurettes: "Elvis Hits Hollywood" "The Colonel & The King"; "Love Me Tender: The Birth Of The Elvis Hit"; Exclusive photo gallery & More!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Egan Vance Reno
Debra Paget Cathy Reno
Elvis Presley Clint Reno
Robert Middleton Mr. Siringo
William Campbell Brett Reno
Neville Brand Mike Gavin
Mildred Dunnock Marlha Reno
Bruce Bennett Maj. Kincaid
James Drury Ray Reno
Russ Conway Ed Galt
Barry Coe Mr. Davis
L.Q. Jones Fleming
Paul E. Burns Jethro
Jerry Sheldon Conductor
Ken Clark Mr. Kelso

Technical Credits
Robert D. Webb Director
C. Fay Babcock Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Buckner Screenwriter
Hugh S. Fowler Editor
Maurice Geraghty Original Story
Stanley Hough Asst. Director
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Lionel Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leo Tover Cinematographer
David Weisbart Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Love Me Tender
1. Main Titles [1:31]
2. Ambush in Greenwood [2:16]
3. Rebels and Thieves [3:38]
4. For the Confederacy [1:23]
5. $1750 Apiece [2:06]
6. Cathy [3:05]
7. A Day of Surprises [3:23]
8. We're Gonna Move [1:48]
9. Love Me Tender [3:55]
10. Between Brothers [2:38]
11. Heart and Soul [:20]
12. Sleepless Nights [2:20]
13. Let Me [3:13]
14. Poor Boy [3:31]
15. Reclaiming Stolen Property [:20]
16. Friends of Vance [4:04]
17. Escape [2:30]
18. A Deal With Siringo [1:01]
19. The Barn [1:59]
20. Running From The Law [4:12]
21. The Secret [2:28]
22. Family Feuds [2:54]
23. Confrontation [2:36]
24. Funeral / End Titles [2:07]


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Love Me Tender 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. Everyone sould watch it a leased one time. I mean come on it has ELVIS! in it, It was great. He did so well, to have not made any movies before this one. I liked it very much, and I hope that you will fill the same it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw Love Me Tender for the first time this month. I have been doing a lot of studying about Elvis and wanted to see him in some of his movies. This was Elvis's first movie, and I found it okay, seeing as how I do not care for western-type movies. This is the only Elvis movie where we will see Elvis married, and where we see him die. I think he did a good job for the first time ever acting and never having any acting training. His part was pretty much believable, except I think they could have shown him acting more like a married man ( showing affection more to his wife, etc.) The song Love Me Tender fit fine in the movie, the others were okay too, but Elvis' moving and shaking, while tame, did not seem to fit the period of the film. But that's all right, this is an ELVIS picture after all!! They had to please the fans. I think Elvis was a bit too angry at his wife Cathy in the end, yelling at her and shaking her rather roughly, when I think, if you are married, you would be able to communicate in a more peaceable and loving way about a problem. But Hollywood likes dramatics over reality most of the time. I don't have much to say about the movie, just that it was good to watch since it was Elvis' first, and Elvis is young and beautiful and innocent here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis'first film is one of my favourites. Although he is not exactly the centre of attention for most of the movie, his performance is superb: natural and vital as Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers. Clint remains at home while Vance, Brett, and Ray go to fight in the Confederate Army. The movie begins the day after the war ends. Vance's troupe doesn't know the war ended and carry out their orders to raid a Yankee train. After convincing themselves that the money is still rightly theirs, they split it up and head for home. Vance is the happiest to be getting home as he's been waiting four years to marry his beloved, beautiful Cathy. Naturally Vance is crushed to find that Cathy, thinking Vance dead, had married Clint. He tries to hide his feelings, but he can't keep living in such a heartbroken state. So, being the honourable man he is, he decides to get out from under the same roof as Cathy and head out to California. Unfortunately, his departure is cut off when several Yankees turn up and arrest the three Reno brothers involved in the train raid. The events that follow result in Clint's demise in his Cathy's arms, whispering, ''Everything's gonna be all right.'' This movie is so sweet and Elvis looks wonderful every moment, particularly in his Sunday go-to-meetin' suit. :) It's full of charm. Black and white. A perfect movie. A perfect antidote for a viewing of trash like ''Clambake'' (which was the first Elvis movie I saw and I hated it.... ) Go ahead. Get this movie and love it sweet.