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Love Me Tender (1956) Poster

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Possibly the first American film to use a "Squib hit" on an actor (using an explosive under clothing with a blood pack to simulate a bullet hit).
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Of all the movies starring Elvis Presley, this is the only one in which he didn't get top billing. He was billed third, after Richard Egan and Debra Paget.
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The footage of Elvis Presley singing "Love Me Tender" at the end was shot after preview audiences reacted badly to his character's fate. This new footage created a continuity error, as Elvis had dyed his hair black by the time of the additional shooting, while in the movie his hair color was closer to blonde.
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Film debut of Elvis Presley. Because of this, a record number of prints of this film were struck.
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Extra scenes and lines were added for Elvis Presley's character, which was originally supposed to be a minor role before he got the part.
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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.
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Title was changed from "The Reno Brothers" to promote the title song sung by Elvis Presley.
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Elvis Presley's real-life back-up musicians Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana were not allowed to play the roles of the band in the movie because according to the casting director they didn't look like country musicians.
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Elvis Presley is credited as co-writer of the film's four songs, but in fact had little to do with writing them; it was just for purposes of royalties. Elvis did reveal at a 1968 press conference , when asked about his " lack of songwriting, in general" that he did contribute one line of lyrics to the title song, "Love Me Tender".
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In its opening weekend film it shot to #2 in Variety's list. Only James Dean's film Giant (1956) had more viewers.
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The part of "Clint Reno" was originally offered to 20th Century-Fox contract players Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter and also Cameron Mitchell before Elvis Presley got it. He wasn't a Fox contract player but was under contract to independent producer Hal B. Wallis, who loaned him to Fox for this picture.
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When the film played in theaters, Elvis Presley's fans were screaming so loud that audiences couldn't hear any of his lines.
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Made back its production cost - approximately $1,000,000 - on its opening weekend.
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According to Peggy Stallings' "Flesh and Fantasy" Presley developed a crush on co-star Debra Paget which went unreciprocated because she was seeing Howard Hughes at the time.
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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.
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After this film was completed, Elvis Presley was offered the starring role in director Robert D. Webb's next film, The Way to the Gold (1957), but 20th Century-Fox refused to pay the $250,000 plus 50% of the profits that Presley's manager, Tom Parker, had demanded. Fox had offered $150,000 plus 50%.
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The title song "Love Me Tender" was taken from the Civil War ballad "Aure Lea", written by W.W. Fosdick (words) and George R. Poulton (music). That song first appeared on the screen in the 1936 film Come and Get It (1936), sung by Francis Farmer. It was adopted, almost from its beginning, as the "school song" of the US Army Military Academy at West Point (NY) and was part of the soundtrack for the West Point-themed films The West Point Story (1950) and The Long Gray Line (1955).
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 9.5 seconds
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This is the only movie in which the character played by Elvis Presley dies on-screen.
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One of only two films in which Elvis Presley's character dies (and the only one in which his character dies on-screen). The other is Flaming Star (1960).
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