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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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Guy Trosper (screenplay)
Nedrick Young (story)
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Release Date:
8 November 1957 (USA) See more »
His first big dramatic singing role! See more »
After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
One of Elvis' greatest: 8/10 See more (65 total) »


  (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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Westrex Recording System)
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

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Average Shot Length = ~13.4 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~14.1 seconds.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
One of Elvis' greatest: 8/10, 7 March 2009
Author: Aida Nejad from Gothenburg, Sweden

"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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