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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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Storyline

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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Elvis in Action as Never Before! See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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

In the outdoor pool scene for "You're So Square" guitarist Scotty Moore wore sunglasses in the long shots, but no glasses in the medium shots. See more »

Quotes

Vince Everett: Laury is a real cool little singer. I'm takin' her to New York with me.
Peggy Van Alden: Oh! In that case, I don't think I'll go.
Vince Everett: Were you planning to go? What for?
Peggy Van Alden: No reason I can think of now.
Vince Everett: Got nothin' to do with the record business.
Peggy Van Alden: Of course not.
Vince Everett: It's just like you said that night in Joplin, "You and me, it's strictly business."
Peggy Van Alden: Let's keep it that way.
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Connections

Referenced in California Dreams: Schoolhouse Rock (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Be Free
(uncredited)
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis's best film
8 January 2005 | by (Columbia, South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it came out. I was a sophomore in high school, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just saw it again on TCM, and guess what? I still enjoy it! This is by no means a work of art; it's plain old fashioned entertainment. Some of the actors in the supporting parts are stilted, and Elvis himself will never be confused with Brando or Dean. But Elvis was a singer, to this day the greatest in rock and roll history, and the musical numbers are first rate. Mickey Shaughnessy, who I can't recall seeing anywhere else, is perfect for the part of Elvis's hillbilly cell mate, and the tragic Judy Tyler shines as the leading lady. (For trivia buffs, she was Princess Summerfallwinterspring on the Howdy Doody Show.) And for those too young to remember the 50s, which probably includes the majority of this website's users, this will provide a good sample of popular entertainment in that era. 7/10


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