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Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Music, Musical  |  8 November 1957 (USA)
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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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Drama | Music | Musical

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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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During the recording session of "Don't Leave Me Now," the studio wall is covered with portraits of other RCA artists including: The Ames Brothers (Joe, Gene, Vic & Ed), Jaye P. Morgan, Eddie Fisher, Dinah Shore, Tony Martin, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte and Hugo Winterhalter. Studio session musicians included: Bassist Bill Black, drummer D.J. Fontana, pianist Mike Stoller and guitarist Scotty Moore. Elvis performed this song three times over the course of this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the nightclub there is no drinking glass when Peggy is in closeup at the bar. The next shot shows Peggy and Vince at the bar and Peggy has a drinking glass. 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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Soundtracks

Jailhouse Rock
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Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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quite possibly Presley's best film
15 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Great songs, a fine leading actor and actress (Elvis, not the world's greatest actor but doing his Method bit here; and the ill-fated Judy Tyler), and an engrossing story make 'Jailhouse Rock' a great rock 'n' roll musical, and by far one of the best movies made by The King at the peak of his powers.

Yes, there are some cringeworthy bits ('it's only the beast in me'), but in the main this is a rags to riches tale which showcases some raw Presley performances, especially the title track and the quieter 'Young and Beautiful' alongside a contemporary tale of fights, attitude, and the county jail.

The great surprise is that this film still looks and feels fresh after more than fifty years. The pity is that Elvis would only have a handful of decent performances before the rot set in with 'Kissin Cousins', 'Tickle Me', and the like.


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