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Love Me Tender (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Western | 15 November 1956 (USA)
At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.

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Maj. Kincaid
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Ray Reno
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Ed Galt
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Storyline

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 <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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HEAR ELVIS SING . . . "Love Me Tender" "We're Gonna Move" "Poor Boy" "Let Me" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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15 November 1956 (USA)  »

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The Reno Brothers  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,000,000
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(Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was produced by 20th Century-Fox but the premiere was at the Paramount Theater on Broadway in New York City. Thousands of fans were outside the building on the night of premiere. A huge paperboard with the image of Elvis Presley was on the outside of the building. See more »

Goofs

During the robbery of the payroll train, up the track in the direction of the train's travel, there are modern CTC block signals of the Southern Pacific Railroad which were installed in the 1930s (beyond the siding switch). Centralized Traffic Control for railroads did not exist in 1865, nor did the heavier rail on the right of way shown in the film (at least 100 pounds). See more »

Quotes

Clint Reno: [In a rage] Go on, say it Cathy! Say you don't love him. You can't, can you? You think I couldn't feel it? With you lying awake beside me every night? Wishing I was Vance! Wishing you'd waited for him and never married me!
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Opening credits prologue: April 10, 1865 See more »

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Referenced in The Fifties (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Poor Boy
by Elvis Presley and Ken Darby (as Vera Matson)
Performed by Elvis Presley (uncredited)
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Excellent Elvis!
29 September 2005 | by 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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