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Jailhouse Rock (1957) Poster

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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.
Gene Kelly was watching as Elvis Presley performed the "Jailhouse Rock" set-piece for the film.
Judy Tyler never saw the premiere of this movie; she was killed in a traffic accident three days after the film was completed. It was released theatrically on Nov. 8, 1957.
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Elvis Presley's band in the film is his real-life band including Scotty Moore on electric guitar and Bill Black on stand-up bass. Both had been with Elvis since his beginning in Memphis at Sun Records (owned by Sam Phillips). In the recording studio scenes, the piano player is Mike Stoller of the Lieber (Jerry Lieber and Stoller songwriting team, which wrote many of the major hit rock songs of the 1950s.
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Originally choreographer Alex Romero created a dance for the song "Jailhouse Rock" that was in a style apropos for a more classically trained dancer than Elvis Presley. When Romero realized that his plans for the number were never going to work, he asked Elvis how would he normally move to the song, leading Elvis to become the uncredited choreographer for what many consider his most famous dance number in all of his movies.
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Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote four songs ("Jailhouse Rock", "I Want to Be Free", "Treat Me Nice" and "You're So Square") in five hours after their music publisher, under deadline, locked them in their hotel room.
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The swank apartment for Elvis Presley was a slightly redressed set previously used as Lauren Bacall's in Designing Woman (1957).
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One day, while filming a scene, Elvis Presley swallowed a tooth cap. He had to be hospitalized for a few days in order to remove it and recuperate.
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The film was not actually shot in widescreen. It was converted to CinemaScope in the final print after having been shot in standard Academy ratio, much like some films which are "matted" after having been shot in Academy ratio. The process used was contemporary of Superscope and a forerunner of Super 35. It was filmed using spherical lenses at an aspect ratio of 1.37:1. In the printing process, the images were cropped to a height of 2 perforations giving them an aspect ratio of 2.36:1. The images were then stretched vertically to a height of 4 perforations, at which point they conformed to the standard CinemaScope-2 format.
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In the listing of the American Film Institute's "100 years, 100 Songs", "Jailhouse Rock" was voted #21.
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During the recording session of "Don't Leave Me Now," the studio wall is covered with portraits of other RCA artists, including The Ames Brothers (Joe, Gene, Vic & Ed), Jaye P. Morgan, Eddie Fisher, Dinah Shore, Tony Martin, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte and Hugo Winterhalter. Studio session musicians included: Bassist Bill Black, drummer D.J. Fontana, pianist Mike Stoller and guitarist Scotty Moore. Elvis Presley performed this song three times over the course of the movie.
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Judy Tyler's life-loss on Wednesday, July 3rd, 1957, was 128 days, equaling 18 weeks and 2 days, before Jailhouse Rock (1957) was theatrically released, on Friday, November 8th, 1957.
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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 film Sadie McKee (1934). This same tune, with vocal accompaniment, was featured in a series of television commercials for Bell Canada during the mid-'70s.
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Average Shot Length = ~13.4 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~14.1 seconds.
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The record company's name, Laurel, is an anagram of "allure", meaning having the power to attract or entice.
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The nightclub where Vince Everett and Peggy Van Alden originally met is The Florita (a variation of the state name of "Florida").
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