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King Creole -- Elvis Presley gives Bourbon Street a new beat in King Creole. He plays a troubled youth whose singing sets the French Quarter rockin'. With a sweet girl to love him and nightclubbers cheering, it looks like Elvis will shake off his past and head for the top. But will a mobster (Walter Matthau) and his man-trap moll (Carolyn Jones) snare him in a life of crime?


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Herbert Baker (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
2 July 1958 (USA) See more »
Having flunked graduation for a second time and needing cash to support his crabby (and thus unemployed) father... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elvis Presley ... Danny Fisher

Carolyn Jones ... Ronnie

Walter Matthau ... Maxie Fields

Dolores Hart ... Nellie

Dean Jagger ... Mr. Fisher
Liliane Montevecchi ... Forty Nina

Vic Morrow ... Shark

Paul Stewart ... Charlie LeGrand
Jan Shepard ... Mimi Fisher
Brian G. Hutton ... Sal (as Brian Hutton)

Jack Grinnage ... Dummy
Dick Winslow ... Eddie Burton

Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Evans - School Principal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Tyler ... Drug Clerk (scenes deleted)

Val Avery ... Ralph (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ... Woman Asking for Water (uncredited)
Sam Buffington ... Dr. Martin Cabot (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... King Creole Doorman (uncredited)
Lilyan Chauvin ... Catherine (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Mr. Furst (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Drugstore Lunch Counterman (uncredited)
Barbara Gayle ... Salesgirl (uncredited)

Ned Glass ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Cliff Gleaves ... (uncredited)

Gavin Gordon ... Mr. Primont - Druggist (uncredited)
Reita Green ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Hack ... (uncredited)
Helene Hatch ... Mrs. Pearson (uncredited)
Kay Haydn ... 'B' Girl (uncredited)
Trustin Howard ... King Creole Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Collector (uncredited)

Eugene Jackson ... Saxophonist in Blue Shade (uncredited)
Jackie Joseph ... Salesgirl (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Dr. Patrick (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Bartender (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Mr. McIntyre (uncredited)
Jacqueline Park ... Salesgirl (uncredited)

Ziva Rodann ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Ric Roman ... Eddie (uncredited)
Tony Russel ... Chico (uncredited)
Susanne Sidney ... Salesgirl (uncredited)
Blanche Thomas ... Woman (uncredited)
Nina Vaughn ... (uncredited)
Kitty White ... Street Vendor (uncredited)
Fred Winston ... Shark's Brother (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
Writing credits
Herbert Baker (screenplay) and
Michael V. Gazzo (screenplay) (as Michael Vincente Gazzo)

Harold Robbins (novel "A Stone for Danny Fisher")

Produced by
Paul Nathan .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Joseph H. Hazen .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Walter Scharf 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
Casting by
Bert McKay (uncredited)
Art Direction by
J. McMillan Johnson  (as Joseph MacMillan Johnson)
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Frank R. McKelvy  (as Frank McKelvy)
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Hedy Mjorud .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jack Stone .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Richard Blaydon .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
C. Kenneth Deland .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director (as D. Michael Moore)
Ralph Axness .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Cy Brooskin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ned Dobson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eugene Acker .... painter (uncredited)
Maurice Goodman .... leadman (uncredited)
Robert McCrellis .... props (uncredited)
Barnard Schoefelt .... props (uncredited)
E. Sutherland .... props (uncredited)
Dick Webb .... foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
R.D. Cook .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Nick Gerolimates .... cable person (uncredited)
Tom Hadley .... boom operator (uncredited)
Hayden Hohstadt .... boom grip (uncredited)
Harold Lewis .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Bud Parman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Joe Gray .... stunt double (uncredited)
Rocky Shahan .... stunt double (uncredited)
George Washburn .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mal Bulloch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ed Crowder .... grip (uncredited)
Bud Fraker .... still photographer (uncredited)
Guy Harris .... electrician (uncredited)
James Hawley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Al Holton .... best boy (uncredited)
Bill Neff .... gaffer (uncredited)
Lorne Netten .... best boy (uncredited)
H. Parsley .... grip (uncredited)
Dominic Seminerio .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Uhl .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ed Wharman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Olive Long .... casting secretary (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costumer
John A. Anderson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Grace Harris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Dario Piazza .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Warren Low .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
The Jordanaires .... vocal accompaniment
Charles O'Curran .... stager: musical numbers
Walter Scharf .... music adaptor
Mahlon Clark .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
John C. Hammell .... music editor (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Troy Sanders .... musical advisor (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Tom Parker .... technical advisor (as Col. Tom Parker)
Norman Stuart .... dialogue coach
Hal B. Wallis .... presenter (as Hal Wallis)
William Davidson .... location unit manager (uncredited)
William W. Gray .... location unit manager (uncredited)
Al Peterson .... key craft service (uncredited)
Art Sarno .... publicist (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for violence and sensuality
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Elvis Presley said to director Michael Curtiz after filming that "Now I know what a good director is". Curtiz became one of Elvis' favourite directors.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Shark:Danny... We know you're in here. You come on out now, and you got a chance. You can't get away. Maxie's got the whole town covered!
[Shark flips out his switch-blade]
Shark:This is it, buddy! This is the big get-even day! We've got a lot to settle up, you and me. Danny, I knew it was your old man that night. I knew it, and I slugged him anyway, so you come on out and get me! You come out and get me, or we're coming in!
[Shark and his cohort continue to try to trap and corner Danny. Danny climbs up and stands on the bottom sill of a hidden window on the wall in a dark part of the alley as he hides from Shark and his cohort]
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Elvis: #1 Hit Performances (2007) (V)See more »
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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Elvis at his Best, 8 January 2002
Author: clairus99 from London, England

I've heard it said that this was Elvis' favourite of his own films. And no wonder. It's about the only film he ever did that allowed him to be an actor. And let's remember, Elvis had no formal acting training, and sure, the film is, as usual, peppered with great Elvis numbers and no-one doubts his talent there.

If only the Colonel had chosen to exploit the acting side a little more, perhaps we would have a lot more memorable stuff like this to remember than some of the later films, such, there you go, I don't remember any. Perhaps Elvis would have been a lot more proud too.

Anyway, alongside Elvis is a wonderful Carolyn "Morticia Adams" Jones and a fairly early Walter Matthau, showing us that he didn't just make us laugh in his movies, but he was able to impress us with dramatic roles also.

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