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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 »
User Reviews:
"That ain't tactics honey, it's just the beast in me." See more (59 total) »

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Van Alden Party Guest (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)
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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
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) | Chile:TE | 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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Trivia:
In the lawn party scene, just after Vince embraces an unresponsive Peggy, the hired orchestra begins an instrumental number. The tune they're playing is "All I Do Is Dream Of You", from the 1934 film "Sadie McKee". This same tune, with vocal accompaniment, was featured in a series of television commercials for Bell Canada during the mid-1970s.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the first song performed the drums don't match the soundtrack.See more »
Quotes:
Peggy Van Alden:I think I'm going to just hate you!
Vince Everett:No, you ain't gonna hate me. I ain't gonna let you hate me.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Young And BeautifulSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"That ain't tactics honey, it's just the beast in me.", 7 February 2010
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Elvis Presley plays "Vince Everett" who goes to jail after accidentally killing a man in a bar fight. While in the big house he is paired in his cell with Hunk Houghton (Mickey Shaughnessy), an ageing country singer whose best days are behind him. The pair strike up a friendship and Houghton teaches Everett to play the guitar, however, it's apparent that Everett is all about the voice. Reckognising this fact, Houghton is quick to strike up a contract with Everett so that once both are on the outside they can make some money in the music industry. Paroled well early into his stretch, Everett meets Peggy Van Alden (Judy Tyler), a record company talent scout, who eventually gets won around by Everett and they record a song. Although there are initial problems with the industry, the song takes off after the pair set up their own record company. But with fame comes internal conflict and Houghton is now released and wanting to call in on his and Everett's prison contract.

Chances are that if you asked a group of film lovers to name an Elvis Presley motion picture, the majority would say Jailhouse Rock. Now that's not to say that is because it's the best film from The King because that would be King Creole or Flaming Star. Or that it's the most fun film of the 31 pictures he made, because that would be Viva Las Vegas. Its standing probably has more to do with the title song than the actual film itself. Which is actually a shame because although Jailhouse Rock is a weak film in many ways, it's also a film where Preseley got to play a moody, rebel like character. The like of which we would not see again. This was Presley's third feature length film, and the first for MGM. Shot in black & white by Robert J. Bronner, it's directed by Richard Thorpe and penned by Guy Trosper out of a story by Nedrick Young.

The problems exist within the weak plot that has holes the size of Leavenworth Prison. Characters come and go without any purpose or meaning and Thorp uses shortcuts to keep the film's running time as trim as Presley's waist line was here. Yet to me these are forgivable issues as Presley embraces his rebel with a heart and gives it the full tilt lip snarling treatment. His Vince Everett is the guy that girls want to bed (lots of Elvis bare torso here girls) and the guy that guys want to be. And of course there is also a great set of songs and the choreography to lap up at every other turn. Along with the famous and quite brilliant title song we also get "Treat Me Nice," "Baby, I Don't Care," "I Want To Be Free," "Don't Leave Me Now" and the sublimely tender "Young & Beautiful". The latter of which stops this particular viewer in his tracks and instills a warmth that normally only Judy Garland gives me when warbling over the rainbow. Yes I love this film in spite of its obvious failings.

The sad footnote to the film concerns co-star Judy Tyler who along with her then husband, Greg Lafayette, was killed in an automobile accident a couple of weeks after filming had finished. Thus never even getting to see the film released. Elvis was shattered and is said to have never watched the film as it would have been too painful. So as Elvis sings "Young & Beautiful" it becomes, one feels, a fitting tribute to a young actress cut down in her prime. In 2007 a Deluxe edition of the film was released on DVD, remastered in sound and picture, it's a triumphant release that really does the film justice. For now, Elvis, Judy and those wonderful songs, have never looked or sounded so great as they do now. 8/10

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