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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

Elvis Presley refused to watch this movie because of Judy Tyler's tragic accidental death in a car wreck on July 3, 1957, three days after filming was completed. See more »

Goofs

Concerning the Laurel Records partnership, Shores mentioned that the "40 percent participant failed to telephone the 60 percent partner," i.e., Peggy failed to telephone Vince. However, Shores was a 9 percent partner in the firm, which left Vince with 51 percent of the company, not 60 percent. 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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(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
(uncredited)
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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One of Elvis' greatest: 8/10
7 March 2009 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

"It ain't tactics, honey. It's just the beast in me." Elvis is smoldering in this classic flick, and he delivers a great performance as Vince Everett; a youngster who is thrown in jail on the charges of manslaughter, and then becomes a rock star when released. Judy Tyler is wonderful, and it's a shame we lost her at such a young age. Mickey Shaughnessy gives a solid performance as Hunk Houghton, the jealous former cell mate and business partner. The soundtrack is amazing, featuring songs as Jailhouse Rock, Young And Beautiful, One More Day, Don't Leave Me Now, and my favorite, I Want To Be Free. You can't help but wonder how many other great movies like this Elvis could've made if his manager Col. Tom Parker didn't screw things up for him. Ah well, see this great movie and enjoy, because it's a one of a kind.


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