Love Me Tender (1956)

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Elvis plays Clint Reno, one of the Reno brothers who stayed home while his brother went to fight in the Civil War for the Confederate army. When his brother Vance comes back from the war, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Middleton ...
Mr. Siringo
Brett Reno
Mike Gavin
Martha Reno
Maj. Kincaid
Ray Reno
Russ Conway ...
Ed Galt
Mr. Kelso
Barry Coe ...
Mr. Davis


Elvis plays Clint Reno, one of the Reno brothers who stayed home while his brother went to fight in the Civil War for the Confederate army. When his brother Vance comes back from the war, he finds that his old girlfriend Cathy has married Clint. The family has to struggle to reach stability with this issue. Vance is involved in a train robbery, while a Confederate soldier, of Federal Government money. There is a conflict of interest, when Vance tries to return the money, against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates. Written by Pat McCurry <>

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You'll Love Him Tender in the Story He Was Born to Play! See more »


Drama | Romance | Western


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Release Date:

15 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Reno Brothers  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although originally slated to be an inexpensive "B" picture, it was upgraded to an "A" feature with a $1-million budget when Elvis Presley was signed to star. See more »


In the scene where Cathy Reno is at the window crying, a car can be seen in the background. See more »


Cathy Reno: [Clint has just been shot after defending Vance... Cathy "Kit" Reno rushes to his side and takes him into her arms] Just lie still.
Clint Reno: [gasping for breath] Kit... where's Vance? I gotta talk to him.
Vance Reno: I'm here, Clint.
Clint Reno: [crying] Vance, I didn't mean it! I swear I didn't mean it...
Vance Reno: [softly] I know you didn't, Clint. You don't have to tell me. Everything's gonna be all right.
Clint Reno: [looks at Kit, then at Vance] Everything's gonna be all right
[last lines... gasps, then dies... Kit weeps]
Clint Reno: .
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Featured in The Definitive Elvis: The Army Years (2002) See more »


Love Me Tender
Written by Elvis Presley and Ken Darby (as Vera Matson)
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Excellent Elvis!
29 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect this movie to rise above a campy Western with lots of Elvis thrown in, but I was WRONG! The story is SOLID: Confederate raiders rob Union payroll by overpowering and posing as the Yankee guard. Unbeknownst to them, the Civil War ended the day before and when they come to deliver the cash to a beleaguered Reb HQ, they find out the truth. They keep the cash (natch!), divided squarely, and head for their homes. What follows is alternately surprising, rousing, touching, and even heroic. The love angles and heartbreaks are true without being either overbearing or oversentimental; the chase scenes are mercifully-short; sub-text characters are given enough delineation to evoke interest and sympathy without burdening the main plot. No threads are left dangling, and suspension of disbelief is at a minimum, except (of course) Elvis' swaying hips in 1865 Dixie! The ending was purposedly refinish to accommodating insulted Elvis fans, but it doesn't matter, even if Elvis' hair is a different color than in the film.

Perhaps the least interesting part of the film (for me) was Elvis' singing, although his swiveling never fails to amaze.

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