London: Robson Books, 2001.
Call No: 81ELV BRE
Author: Bret, David
Publisher: Robson Books
PhysDes: viii, 337 pages, illustrations; 24 cm
Subject: MUSIC IN FILMS; MUSIC AND THE CINEMA; ROCK MUSIC IN FILMS; HOLLYWOOD; PRESLEY, ELVIS; LOVE ME TENDER (US, Robert D. Webb, 1956); LOVING YOU (US, Hal Kanter, 1957); JAILHOUSE ROCK (US, Richard Thorpe, 1957); KING CREOLE (US, Michael Curtiz, 1958); G.I. BLUES (US, Norman Taurog, 1960); FLAMING STAR (US, Don Siegel, 1960); WILD IN THE COUNTRY (US, Philip Dunne, 1961); BLUE HAWAII (US, Norman Taurog, 1961); FOLLOW THAT DREAM (US, Gordon Douglas, 1962); KID GALAHAD (US, Phil Karlson, 1962); GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! (US, Norman Taurog, 1962); IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD'S FAIR (US, Norman Taurog, 1963); FUN IN ACAPULCO (US, Richard Thorpe, 1963); KISSIN' COUSINS (US, Gene Nelson, 1964); VIVA LAS VEGAS (US, George Sidney, 1963); ROUSTABOUT (US, John Rich, 1964); GIRL HAPPY (US, Boris Sagal, 1965); TICKLE ME (US, Norman Taurog, 1965); HAREM HOLIDAY (US, Gene Nelson, 1965); FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (US, Frederick de Cordova ,1966); PARADISE HAWAIIAN STYLE (US, Michael D. Moore, 1966); CALIFORNIA HOLIDAY (US, Norman Taurog, 1966); EASY COME, EASY GO (US, John Rich, 1967); DOUBLE TROUBLE (US, Norman Taurog, 1967); CLAMBAKE (US, Arthur N. Nadel, 1967); STAY AWAY, JOE (US, Peter Tewkesbury, 1968); SPEEDWAY (US, Norman Taurog, 1968); LIVE A LITTLE, LOVE A LITTLE (US, Norman Taurog, 1968); CHARRO! (US, Charles Marquis Warren, 1969); TROUBLE WITH GIRLS, THE (US, Peter Tewkesbury, 1969); CHANGE OF HABIT (US, William Graham, 1969); ELVIS: THAT'S THE WAY IT IS (US, Denis Sanders, 1970); ELVIS ON TOUR (US, Robert Abel and Pierre Adidge, 1972)
Summary: "In this first complete account of Elvis Presleys celluloid career, David Bret considers the 33 films, TV appearances, biopics, retrospectives and documentaries that remain as testimony to the compelling and mysterious persona of The King. The bestselling author David Bret traces the development of Presley's film career and recounts the on-set cat fights with co-stars and studio personnel. He unearths the truth about the powerful hold exercised over Elvis by 'Colonel' Tom Parker, which revolved around Parker preventing a leak about Presley's relationship with another man from going public and then using this knowledge as a persistant threat to ensure his protege's loyalty.
Bret explores and hotly disputes the controversial allegations, levelled by Presley's step-family, that he had sex with his mother, raped his wife, held debauched, drug fuelled parties with groupies and eventually committed suicide. Above all, the author praises the nature and talent of the man who was - and still is - the supreme authority on rock'n'roll and romance. " -- BOOK JACKET
Notes: Includes selected film discography; Includes bibliographical references and index; 'Harem Holiday' also known as 'Harum Scarum'; 'California Holiday' also known as 'Spinout'
Donation: Donated by Peter Kemp
Contents: -- acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Part One: In the Footsteps of the Mutant King -- Love Me Tender -- Loving You -- Jailhouse Rock -- King Creole -- Part Two: The Rainbow Years -- G.I. Blues -- Flaming Star -- Wild in the Country -- Blue Hawaii -- Follow That Dream -- Kid Galahad -- Part Three: Cotton Candy Land -- Girls! Girls! Girls! -- It Happened at the World's Fair -- Fun in Acapulco -- Kissin' Cousins -- Viva Las Vegas -- Roustabout -- Girl Happy -- Tickle Me -- Harem Holiday -- Frankie and Johnny -- Paradise Hawaiian Style -- California Holiday -- Part Four: Just Call Me Lonesome -- Easy Come, Easy Go -- Double Trouble -- Clambake -- Stay Away, Joe -- Speedway -- Live A Little, Love A Little -- Charro! -- The Trouble With Girls -- Change of Habit -- Elvis - That's the Way It Is -- Elvis On Tour -- -- Part Five: Softly As I Leave You -- appendix I: the television special -- appendix II: tributes, retrospectives and biopics -- appendix III: selected film discography -- bibliography -- index --