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Love Me Tender -- Elvis Presley made his film debut in this tale of three brothers who, while serving in the Confederate Army, steal a Union Army payroll.
Love Me Tender -- Trailer for this musical classic starring Elvis Presley


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Robert Buckner (screenplay)
Maurice Geraghty (story)
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Release Date:
15 November 1956 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Richard Egan ... Vance Reno

Debra Paget ... Cathy Reno

Elvis Presley ... Clint Reno
Robert Middleton ... Mr. Siringo

William Campbell ... Brett Reno

Neville Brand ... Mike Gavin

Mildred Dunnock ... Martha Reno

Bruce Bennett ... Maj. Kincaid

James Drury ... Ray Reno
Russ Conway ... Ed Galt

Ken Clark ... Mr. Kelso
Barry Coe ... Mr. Davis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Train Engineer (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Jethro (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Steve Darrell ... Train Conductor #2 (uncredited)
Joe Di Reda ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Union Captain / Paymaster (uncredited)
Frank Griffin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dorothy Hack ... Minor Role (uncredited)

L.Q. Jones ... Pardee Fleming (uncredited)
Jay Jostyn ... Maj. Harris (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Bob Rose ... Station Agent (uncredited)

Dick Sargent ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Jerry Sheldon ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
James Stone ... Storekeeper (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert D. Webb 
Writing credits
Robert Buckner (screenplay)

Maurice Geraghty (story)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
Original Music by
Lionel Newman 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Fay Babcock 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Mary Wills 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Martha Crawford .... stunt double: Debra Paget (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank J. Calabria .... additional photographer: New York (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gregory Creaser .... digital restoration colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Ken Darby .... vocal supervisor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Hank Garland .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Earle Hagen .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Tom Parker .... technical advisor (as Colonel Tom Parker)
Ben Wright .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)

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Made back its production cost - approximately $1,000,000 - on its opening weekend.See more »
Continuity: When the brothers try to coerce the other former soldiers into turning in the money, they disarm the three. As the camera angles switch one guy has his jacket covering his holster, then it is exposed with the gun still still in it, then switches back to being concealed.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Same Time, Next Year (1978)See more »
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22 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Elvis's Debut on the Silver Screen, 4 January 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

My guess would be that the story for Love Me Tender was probably laying around the offices at 20th Century Fox and would have been a B western starring Richard Egan. In fact the original title was in fact The Brothers Reno.

But along came Elvis Presley and when Darryl F. Zanuck signed him for his feature film debut the story had to be reworked to accommodate his presence. Of course four songs had to be added, including the title tune, which was a rewording of the famous Civil War era ballad Aura Lee.

The Reno brothers, Richard Egan, James Drury, and William Campbell go to war, enlisting in the Confederate Army. The youngest brother Elvis Presley stays home to take care of Mother Reno, played by Mildred Dunnock and the family farm. When it's reported that Egan was killed, fiancé Debra Paget marries Elvis.

Of course all three Reno brothers return, sound of wind and limb. The day after the Civil War ended, the brothers and others rob a Yankee paymaster and split the money.

They're outlaws now, but a reasonable carpetbagger administrator played by Robert Middleton is willing to forgive and forget if he gets the money back. That and the return of Egan lead to the ensuing conflicts in Love Me Tender.

I have no doubt that Colonel Tom Parker chose this particular screen property for his star and as usual Colonel Tom chose well. The southern civil war background of the story made perfect casting for Elvis. Of course his hip wiggling gyrations in the post bellum South seem out of place, but that's what the ticket buyers to an Elvis film wanted.

And he certainly sang Love Me Tender real good.

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