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King Creole (1958)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Musical | 2 July 1958 (USA)
A rebellious young man takes a job as a nightclub singer to make ends meet, attracting the attention of a local crime boss.



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Complete credited cast:
Forty Nina
Jan Shepard ...
Mimi Fisher
Brian G. Hutton ...
Sal (as Brian Hutton)
Eddie Burton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Tyler ...
Drug Clerk (scenes deleted)


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and sensuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

2 July 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Danny  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dolores Hart was also cast as Elvis Presley's character girlfriend in Loving You (1957). See more »


Character starts running twice because of editing mistake in the end of movie. See more »


Danny Fisher: What room is the party in?
Hotel Desk Clerk: I beg your pardon, what party?
Danny Fisher: You know, the PARTY the fellas are having!
Hotel Desk Clerk: Oh! Oh! It's up in room #205.
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Referenced in Visionado obligado: Primer (2012) See more »


Hard Headed Woman
Written by Claude Demetri
Performed by Elvis Presley
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King Creole (1958) ***
27 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Adapted from the book "A Stone for Danny Fisher", Elvis Presley plays a rebellious kid with a wimp of a father (Dean Jagger) who quits school and takes up singing at a night club in New Orleans, only to get mixed up with a group of thugs (headed by Vic Morrow) and their crime boss (Walter Matthau). Elvis considered this melodrama his best film and I happen to agree. It's nicely photographed in noirish black and white and directed by Michael Curtiz, featuring Elvis' most cultivated performance. It's a good story too, complimented by good actors in their roles. Walter Matthau is ideal as Maxie the heavy, who practically owns the whole town. Carolyn Jones is properly pitiful as his pathetic tramp, and Vic Morrow does well as the lead hoodlum who caters to Matthau. The songs Presley sings fit nicely into the action and are pleasant, though I don't believe any of them were signature biggies for Presley outside of, possibly, "Hard Headed Woman," and "King Creole" itself. It's a real shame that the best hit rocker, "Hard Headed Woman," is really given a raw deal as we only get to hear the end of it within the movie. The best music performance is Elvis' rendition of "Trouble" as he dominates the nightclub stage with authority and toughness while fearlessly singing it at Maxie. *** out of ****

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