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Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 8 November 1957 (USA)
After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

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Vince Everett is serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter. While in the big house, his cellmate, a former country singer, introduces him to the record business. Everett takes to it so well that he decides to become a singer when he gets out. However, he is quickly disillusioned by the record business. But with the help of a new friend, he decides to form his own label, and soon becomes an overnight sensation. But when he becomes a superstar, will his desire for fame and money cause him to forget the people who got him there? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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His first big dramatic singing role! See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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8 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le rock du bagne  »

Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Tyler never saw the premiere of this movie; she was killed in a traffic accident in Wyoming on July 3, 1957, only three days after the film was completed. It was released theatrically on November 8, 1957. See more »

Goofs

No matter when or where, or under what circumstances Elvis is singing, he always has the same backup group, so they must have all been also serving prison sentences at the same time, been released at the same time, but gotten jobs ahead of him, at the first club he tries out, which they apparently leave so they can then back him up when he cuts his first record. See more »

Quotes

Jack Lease: Listen, Sonny. You don't own that song. It's a published tune. Anyone can record it.
Vince Everett: You turned it down. You said you didn't like it.
Jack Lease: We simply didn't want to record it with an unknown.
Vince Everett: What about my arrangement?
Jack Lease: So see your lawyer. You can't copyright an arrangement.
Vince Everett: You're a thievin' rat!
[goes after him]
Jack Lease: Now you listen to me, sonny.
Vince Everett: [grabs him] Don't "sonny" me, you louse!
[slaps him a couple times and throws him back in his chair]
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Connections

Referenced in iZombie: Dead Air (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Young And Beautiful
(uncredited)
Written by Abner Silver & Aaron Schröder
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Reactions to one of Elvis' best flicks
15 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

I heard a young woman who hadn't seen "Jailhouse Rock" before leaving the Parkway Theater here in Oakland say "I didn't expect it to be so sad." And yes, it's a pretty dark version of Elvis' own early life. To add to the dark shadow over this film, Elvis' lovely and tolented young co-star, Judy Tyler, died before this film was released (I believe it was a car accident, but I could be wrong). Elvis was pretty broke up about it, and so am I. Well, enough said, it's got the classic "Jailhouse Rock" number (often excerpted and included in TV retrospectives on Elvis), with some pretty smooth dance moves revealed by the often immobile Elvis. E really shines in this one; one of his best films.


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