Da’King Lives! :: Ride the Crest of the Wave Right into a Paradise of Songs! (December, 1961)







Change a couple of character names and you could easily pass off Blue Hawaii as a direct sequel to Elvis Presley’s G.I. Blues. Here, the action picks up when our boy returns home to the islands after his discharge from the army, where a life in the family pineapple business awaits him — if only he were inclined to the prickly fruit, which he ain’t. So, instead, our boy enjoys life as a tour guide / beach bum until a misunderstanding between a grab-fanny tourist and his jealous girlfriend leads, once more, to the inevitable split, which then leads to the even more predictable reconciliation as the Action Man Elvis Movie template solidified itself even further. The first of Presley’s Hawaiian Island trilogy (along with Girls, Girls, Girls and Paradise, Hawaiian Style), Blue Hawaii also, I think, boasts the best soundtrack album from the breezy main title theme to this gonzoidal classic:

Video courtesy of  MFFforever.

… A song, of which, I already wrote an open apology letter to Dolores Fuller for co-writing it, but what I’m really thankful to this movie for is this little number:

Video courtesy of vunhan.

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.

Blue Hawaii (1961) Hal Wallis Productions :: Paramount Pictures / P: Hal B. Wallis / AP: Paul Nathan / D: Norman Taurog / W: Hal Kanter / C: Charles Lang / E: Charles Lang / M: Joseph J. Lilley / S: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Roland Winters, Nancy Walters, Howard McNear, Christian Kay

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