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King Creole (1958)

 -  Crime | Drama | Musical  -  2 July 1958 (USA)
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Having flunked graduation for a second time and needing cash to support his crabby (and thus unemployed) father, Danny Fisher takes a job as a singer in the King Creole nightclub - about ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Ronnie
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Maxie Fields
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Nellie
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Mr. Fisher
Liliane Montevecchi ...
Forty Nina
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Shark
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Charlie LeGrand
Jan Shepard ...
Mimi Fisher
Brian G. Hutton ...
Sal (as Brian Hutton)
Jack Grinnage ...
Dummy
Dick Winslow ...
Eddie Burton
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Mr. Evans - School Principal
Gavin Gordon ...
Mr. Primont - Druggist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Tyler ...
Drug Clerk (scenes deleted)
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Having flunked graduation for a second time and needing cash to support his crabby (and thus unemployed) father, Danny Fisher takes a job as a singer in the King Creole nightclub - about the only joint around not run by smarmy crook Maxie Fields who wants him for his own place. He gets on pretty well with Fields' floozy though, and all this plus his involvement with Fields' hoods and with innocent five-and-dime store assistant Nellie means Danny finds his world closing in on him all ways round. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Crime | Drama | Musical

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Rated PG for violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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2 July 1958 (USA)  »

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Curiously, in the 2009 version of this film, "Hard Headed Woman" a #1 hit for Elvis Presley at the time of the film's release has been cut and added is the previously unseen stripper's sequence with the song "Banana". In 1958, the "Banana" scene, complete with female stripper, with its obvious phallic reference, would have been "too much" for the censors and many of the movie going public. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie there is a scene where people on the street sing a song. In one part a woman is singing on the song, but the picture shows a male singer. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Evans: Now, you've just been told that you're not graduating tomorrow. Doesn't that mean anything to you?
Danny Fisher: You said I'm not graduating. OK, that's it. Now what do you want?
Mr. Evans: I once had a son, Danny. He lived 13 years. Some hoodlums jumped him one night, and he died.
Danny Fisher: I'm sorry. But what's that got to do with me?
Mr. Evans: Because you have all the earmarks of being a hoodlum.
Danny Fisher: Aw!
Mr. Evans: A hoodlum or a hustler, whatever you want to call it.
Danny Fisher: This isn't principal talk.
Mr. Evans: Well, the more difficult the student, the more I try to ...
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Edited into Elvis: #1 Hit Performances (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Ask Me Why
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley
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To Watch 'King Creole' is to See the Light
9 August 2003 | by (Alliston, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I had an epiphany tonight. 'King Creole' is a better film than 'Jailhouse Rock'. 'Jailhouse' may contain King's best acting but 'King Creole' is his best film. Why? I would say King's acting is only slightly less convincing in 'Creole' but two things make it a better film: the cast and the story. 'King Creole' boasts the finest cast by far of any Presley film. Only Ann-Margret is sexier than Carolyn Jones, Vic Morrow has that ferocious mouth, Dean Jagger is almost perfect as the beaten father and Walter Matthau is deliciously vile. Harold Robbins' novel 'A Stone for Danny Fisher' is gritty and at times hard to read. Although the screenplay (co-written by 'Frankie Five-Angels', Michael V. Gazzo) is quite a bit more tame it is still tough. Think about it: King plays a character who kills a man in an alley with a switchblade. Here he is not 'Jailhouse Rock's amoral Vince Everett. Instead he is, at times, IMmoral. Forget all you think you know about the icon, Elvis Presley, and watch his eyes when, as Danny Fisher, he tells his father 'you go to school. I'm goin' out to make a buck'. If you don't see it, if you don't see IT, you're just not looking.


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