Archive for Norman Taurog

Hail and Happy Birthday to the King! :: Dames, Diamonds, Discoteques and Danger! (July, 1967)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2014 by WB Kelso

 

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E-I-E-I-O-MI-GAWD.

Other Points of Interest:

Full review of Double Trouble at the Brewery.

Double Trouble (1967) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: Judd Bernard, Irwin Winkler / D: Norman Taurog / W: Jo Heims, Marc Brandell / C: Daniel L. Fapp / E: John McSweeney Jr. / M: Jeff Alexander / S: Elvis Presley, Annette Day, John Williams, Yvonne Romain, Monte Landis, The Wiere Brothers

Da’King Lives! :: A Pin-Up Photographer Who Doesn’t Want to Get Pinned Down! (October, 1968)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
And here’s another one that has inexplicable escaped my viewing eye. The plan is to remedy this during TCM’s marathon of Presley pictures later today as part of the Summer Under the Stars month. Until then…
 

Video courtesy of Timothy Sideburns.

 
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.
 

Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: Douglas Laurence / D: Norman Taurog / W: Michael A. Hoey, Dan Greenburg (novel) / C: Fred J. Koenekamp / E: John McSweeney / M: Billy Strange / S: Elvis Presley, Michele Carey, Don Porter, Rudy Vallee, Dick Sargent, Celeste Yarnall

Da’King Lives! :: With His Foot on the Gas and No Brakes on the Fun! (November, 1966)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the rare Elvis flicks I haven’t seen yet. Stress on the “yet.”

 

Video courtesy of olionidizlove.

 
Holy shit … And Debbie Walley on the drums?!? Why have I not seen this yet!? Screw the “yet.” TO THE AMAZON!
 
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.
 

Spinout (1966) Euterpe :: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: Joe Pasternak / AP: Hank Moonjean / D: Norman Taurog / W: Theodore J. Flicker, George Kirgo / C: Daniel L. Fapp / E: Rita Roland / M: George Stoll / S: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Dodie Marshall, Deborah Walley, Jack Mullaney

Da’King Lives! :: A Singing, Swinging Wrangler Turned Loose on a All-Girl Dudette Ranch! (July, 1965)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boils and Ghouls, meet my favorite Elvis movie.
 

Video courtesy of aydin keskin.

 
Once more, and once again, when our boy’s latest gig goes up in smoke due to some rowdies, luck is with him as his latest dust-up lands him a job at an all-girl dude ranch / fat farm. But just when you think the plot is locked in, Tickle Me takes a sudden and drastic 180-degree turn from sagebrush slapstick to haunted house spook-show treasure hunt, where the whole thing comes off as an unused Three Stooges script. Well, turns out there’s a reason for that.
 

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.

 

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of Tickle Me at 3B Theater.

Tickle Me (1965) Allied Artists P: Ben Schwalb, Emanuel L. Wolf / D: Norman Taurog / W: Elwood Ullman, Edward Bernds / C: Loyal Griggs / E: Archie Marshek / M: Walter Scharf / S: Elvis Presley, Julie Adams, Jocelyn Lane, Jack Mullaney, Merry Anders, Allison Hayes

Da’King Lives! :: Sadly, This Drive-In Double Feature is About as Close as He Ever Got to an Actual World Tour… (August, 1965)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

And good luck getting this number out of your head:

 

Video courtesy of hitmewitdarock.

You’re welcome.

 
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.
 

Fun in Acapulco (1963) Hal Wallis Productions :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Joseph H. Hazen / P: Hal B. Wallis / AP: Paul Nathan / D: Richard Thorpe / W: Allan Weiss / C: Daniel L. Fapp / E: Stanley E. Johnson / M: Joseph J. Lilley / S: S: Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress, Elsa Cárdenas, Paul Lukas, Larry Domasin, Alejandro Rey

It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) Ted Richmond Productions :: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: Ted Richmond / D: Norman Taurog / W: Si Rose, Seaman Jacobs / C: Joseph Ruttenberg / E: Fredric Steinkamp / M: Leith Stevens / S: Elvis Presley, Joan O’Brien, Gary Lockwood, Vicky Tiu, H.M. Wynant, Yvonne Craig, Kurt Russell

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

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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

Da’King Lives! :: He Sings, She Swings in the Rousing, Rollicking Story of American’s Ever-Lovin’ G.I.’s! (December, 1960)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.I. Blues was Elvis Presley’s first film when his hitch in the army came to an end. Appropriate, right? However, the film was also a turning point in The Big E’s film career. And for better or worse, for Elvis, it was turn that set the template for almost all the films that followed.

 

Video courtesy of 1957now.

 
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.
 

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of G.I. Blues at 3B Theater.

G.I. Blues (1960) Hal Wallis Productions :: Paramount Pictures / P: Hal B. Wallis / AP: Paul Nathan / D: Norman Taurog / W: Edmund Beloin, Henry Garson / C: Loyal Griggs / E: Warren Low / M: Joseph J. Lilley / S: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, Arch Johnson, Letícia Román, Sigrid Maier, Jeremy Slate

Random Drive-In Mash-Up :: See Cuddly BIKINI GIRLS Made to Order! (June, 1966)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of Village of the Giants at 3B Theater.

Poster campaign for Village of the Giants at the Archive.

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) American International Pictures / P: James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff / AP: Anthony Carras / D: Norman Taurog / W: Robert Kaufman, Elwood Ullman / C: Sam Leavitt / E: Fred Feitshans, Eve Newman, Ronald Sinclair / M: Les Baxter / S: Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Susan Hart, Jack Mullaney

Village of the Giants (1965) Berkeley Productions :: Joseph E. Levine Productions :: Embassy Pictures / EP: Joseph E. Levine / P: Bert I. Gordon / D: Bert I. Gordon / W: Bert I. Gordon, Alan Caillou / C: Paul Vogel E: John Bushelman / M: Jack Nitzsche / S: Tommy Kirk, Ron Howard, Beau Bridges, Tisha Sterling, Joy Harmon