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Jailhouse Rock -- Elvis Presley makes his feature film debut in this critically-acclaimed classic. While serving time for manslaughter, young Elvis is taught how to play the guitar by his cellmate.

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Director:
Writers:
Guy Trosper (screenplay)
Nedrick Young (story)
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Release Date:
8 November 1957 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
His first big dramatic singing role! See more »
Plot:
After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elvis Presley ... Vince Everett
Judy Tyler ... Peggy Van Alden
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Hunk Houghton

Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Shores
Jennifer Holden ... Sherry Wilson

Dean Jones ... Teddy Talbot
Anne Neyland ... Laury Jackson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)
Peter Adams ... Jack Lease (uncredited)
François André ... Waiter (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Film Crew Member (uncredited)

Robert Bice ... Bardeman - TV Studio Manager (uncredited)
Bill Black ... Bass Player (uncredited)
Don Burnett ... Mickey Alba (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter in Strip Club (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Jake - Bartender (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Jerry- Bartender (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Convict (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Tough Man in Bar (uncredited)
Francis De Sales ... Surgeon (uncredited)
John Dennis ... Mail Clerk #1 (uncredited)
Elaine DuPont ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joan Dupuis ... Record Shop Girl (uncredited)
Lamar Fike ... Minor role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Van Alden Party Guest (uncredited)
D.J. Fontana ... Drummer (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Head of Studio (uncredited)
Jo Gilbert ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Cliff Gleaves ... Minor role (uncredited)
Bill Hale ... Guard (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Sam Brewster (uncredited)
Jack Herrin ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Bill Hickman ... Guard Who Whips Vince (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Arthur Hooten ... Minor role (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ... Announcer (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Convict (uncredited)
Walter Johnson ... Shorty - Bartender (uncredited)
Sid Kane ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Studio Photographer (uncredited)
George Klein ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Drunk (uncredited)
S. John Launer ... Judge (uncredited)
Alyn Lockwood ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Logan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Mayton ... Mail Clerk #2 (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... Studio Gateman (uncredited)
Tom McKee ... TV Director (uncredited)
Russell Meeker ... Film Crew Member (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Mr. Drummond (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Shooting Gallery Proprietor (uncredited)
Orv Mohler ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Scotty Moore ... Guitar Player (uncredited)
Tracey Morgan ... Girl in Booth (uncredited)

Gloria Pall ... Striptease Woman (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Convict in 'Jailhouse Rock' Number (uncredited)
Charles Postal ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robin Raymond ... Dotty (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Prof. August van Alden (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Hugh Sanders ... Prison Warden (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Barber (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Van Alden Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Spectator at Photo Shoot (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Elizabeth Slifer ... Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Gene Smith ... (uncredited)
K.L. Smith ... Worker (uncredited)
Mike Stoller ... Piano Player (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Matt - Convict (uncredited)
Bob Stratton ... Orderly (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Convict in Yard (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Record Distributor (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Record Shop Owner in Montage (uncredited)
Paula Trent ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Van Alden (uncredited)
Steve Warren ... Assistant Director (uncredited)

Dan White ... Paymaster (uncredited)
Russ Whitney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Linda Williams ... Girl in Bathing Suit (uncredited)
Matt Winston ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Recording Engineer (uncredited)
Jack Younger ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
Guy Trosper (screenplay)

Nedrick Young (story) (as Ned Young)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Kathryn Hereford .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander 
 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Bronner (director of photography) (as Robert Bronner)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
William A. Horning 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason  (as Keogh Gleason)
Henry Grace 
 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
James Marchant .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert E. Relyea .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
 
Stunts
Brad Harris .... stunts (rumored)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... music supervisor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tom Parker .... technical advisor (as Colonel Tom Parker)
Alex Romero .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (alternate rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:G | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:12 (video rating) | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1979) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Elvis's band in the film is his real-life band including Scottie Moore on electric guitar and Bill Black on stand-up bass. Both have been with Elvis since his beginning in Memphis at Sun Records (and original owner, Sam Phillips). In the recording studio scenes, the piano player is Mike Stoller of the Lieber and Stoller songwriting team who wrote many of the major hit rock songs of the 1950's.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Vince drives off in the 1957 Lincoln, the sound effect is a four cylinder engine.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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Young And BeautifulSee more »

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31 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
some reviewers need anger management help!, 20 March 2003
Author: unclerussie from Orlando, Florida

Wow..did you see the review of this film by "chowderhead"? Well, "chowderhead" is appropriately named and definitely needs some help. Sure, reviews if any kind are always merely one guy's opinion, but some people really go off the deep end. I believe this is one of Elvis' BEST films. How can you say it's the worst? Have you seen "Paradise Hawaiian Style" of "Harum Scarum" lately? This was the brief period in Elvis' career when he was taken somewhat seriously by his directors and fellow cast members. Elvis really tried too; before giving up and giving in to the Colonel and a parade of bad scripts and horrible soundtracks. The late Judy Tyler is great in this movie and the songs are pure early Elvis; good old Rock and Roll! A favorite is "(You're so Square) Baby I don't care". Check out the dance sequence for the song "Jailhouse Rock". It's Elvis at his swivel hipped best. Chowderhead, you must be a huge Pat Boone fan and although he is still a wonderful talent, I wouldn't say he is a hundred times better than Elvis! Debby Boone'e "You Light Up MY Life" is HIP? Get real! And Little Richard has no talent? Stay off the caffiene and chill out. You'll feel better. By the way, Pat Boone NEVER recorded "Hound Dog", so how could his "version" outsell Elvis"? Get your facts straight. Better yet, rent a video or DVD of Jailhouse Rock and this time, watch it with your eyes open.

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