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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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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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Trivia

The nightclub where Vince Everett and Peggy Van Alden originally met is The Florita (a variation of the state name of "Florida"). See more »

Goofs

When Vince drives off in the 1957 Lincoln, the sound effect is a four cylinder engine. See more »

Quotes

Vince Everett: I didn't see you applauding. You didn't like me?
Hunk Houghton: You've come a long way since cellblock 21.
Vince Everett: Yeah, and it's been a tough road to hoe.
Hunk Houghton: Oh, I don't know. You haven't hardly touched the ground at all.
Vince Everett: What do you mean by that crack?
Hunk Houghton: You walked most of the way on other people.
Vince Everett: Ah, you're just gettin' bitter, old buddy.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 18 November 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

One More Day
(uncredited)
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Mickey Shaughnessy
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A pop culture time capsule from the late 1950's decade
29 March 2003 | by (Louisville, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

"Jailhouse Rock" is an entertaining film which Elvis Presley, its star, carries all the way. Judy Tyler is gorgeous as a love interest and Mickey Shaughnessy is tough but goodhearted as his jailhouse buddy. They provide good support. This is an early film for Elvis, maybe only his second film after his debut in "Love Me Tender." This movie felt like a pop culture time capsule from the late fifties era with the clothes, the music and the cars. It is a forerunner of many Elvis films of the same type where Elvis sings, overcomes obstacles and gets the girl, and yet it has the charm and innocence often typical in this era. The concept is still fresh in 1957, and it shows in Elvis's performance which is good. The plot is a bit weak in places but passable. "Jailhouse Rock" features roughly half a dozen performances by Elvis and they all add to the fun. There are also one or two numbers by costar Mickey Shaughnessy and they also enhance the film. This is one of the more substantial Elvis Films and a good one to watch to introduce you to the phenomenon of Elvis Presley. Sadly, Elvis's lovely costar Judy Tyler was killed in an automobile accident before the film was released in theaters. It has been said that Elvis refused to watch "Jailhouse Rock" ever again after Judy's death. I give this movie an 82/100 points.


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