Da’King Lives! :: A Rocking, Socking Powerhouse of Fantastic Talent! (November, 1957)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I know, I know, the Jailhouse Rock number was the showpiece for this flick, but I’ve always preferred this simpler number and the magical properties of Scotty Moore’s sunglasses.
 


Video courtesy of Gocciadilluna57.

 
One of the few bona fide musicals The Big E ever made, Jailhouse Rock is also reputed to be the only film of his that Elvis never watched. The reason: the tragic death of his co-star, Judy Tyler, who was killed in an automobile accident just three days after filming wrapped up. Apparently, Elvis was so distraught over this that he could never bring himself to watch her last performance.
 
This post was part of Da’King Lives, which originated back in January of 2010, to help celebrate the King of Rock-n-Roll’s 75th birthday and throw a spotlight on his fine, fractured forays into feature film.
 

 
Jailhouse Rock (1957) Avon Productions :: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: Pandro S. Berman / AP: Kathryn Hereford / D: Richard Thorpe / W: Guy Trosper, Ned Young (story) / C: Robert J. Bronner / E: Ralph E. Winters / M: Jeff Alexander / S: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Jennifer Holden, Dean Jones, Anne Neyland

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