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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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Drama | Music | Musical

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Release Date:

8 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le rock du bagne  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~13.4 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~14.1 seconds. 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

Vince Everett: Hey, what are you, man? Some kind of an animal?
Hunk Houghton: That's right, buddy. I'm an animal in a jungle and I got a motto: "Do unto others as they would do unto you, only do it first."
Vince Everett: Yeah. That's right. Do it first.
Hunk Houghton: And it's just as bad on the outside. Worse. Remember that.
Vince Everett: I don't aim to forget it.
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Don't Leave Me Now
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Written by Aaron Schröder (as Aaron Schroeder) & Ben Weisman
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Elvis's best film
8 January 2005 | by 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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