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Sing Boy Sing (1958)

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Virgil Walker
Lili Gentle ...
Leora Easton
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Joseph Sharkey
Nick Adams ...
C.K. Judd
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Rev. Farley Walker
Diane Jergens ...
Pat Barry
Josephine Hutchinson ...
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Arnold Fisher
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Ginnie
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Art Ford ...
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singer | publicity agent | See All (2) »

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THE STORY OF THE PREACHER'S SON WHO BECAME THE ROCK 'N' ROLL KING! See more »

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14 May 1958 (Venezuela)  »

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The Singing Idol  »

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Closely patterned on the rise to fame of Elvis Presley, Colonel Tom Parker was reported to be none too happy with the portrayal of the shifty manager; even the name "Sharkey" not only rhymed but had overtones of "shark" See more »

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Virgil's aunt refers to herself as Caro-LINE (long I sound), and so do others in the cast. However, Virgil calls her Caro-LYNN (short i sound) throughout, even on the phone just after she pronounces her own name "her way." See more »

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Joseph Sharkey: [in recording studio] Hey, that was OK, kid.
Virgil Walker: It really was?
Joseph Sharkey: Yea, sure. Why, is something bothering you?
Virgil Walker: I don't know. Maybe I need my audience.
Joseph Sharkey: I'm your audience.
Virgil Walker: I guess I miss the screamin'. Why don't you scream a little, Mr. Sharkey?
Joseph Sharkey: Yeah sure, next time I'm 16.
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Bundle of Dreams
Written by Billy Strange and Homer Escamilla
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Ambition and self-interest clash with talent and coming-of-age
6 February 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Edmond O'Brien chews up the scenery without hitting any false notes as teen singer Sand's hard-driving and hard-bitten agent. Blending his publicity agent from Barefoot Contessa with Kirk Douglas's unscrupulous reporter from Ace In The Hole, O'Brien takes Sands on a magic carpet ride without letting him see the bulldozer he has doing the actual dirty work underneath. Jerry Paris has a strong role as O'Brien's henchman who can only sell so much of his soul. A nice moment by Hank Worden in an unbilled part helps provide context of the actual price others pay for the boy's success.

As for the comment that it's "ripped-off" from Elvis Presley's story, today Law & Order and other NBC series proudly boast about ripping their stories from today's headlines. There are elements here that could be from Presley's story, but also from many others. O'Brien has some Colonel Parker in him, but those elements seem overwhelmed by the others mentioned. Of course, today, Edmond O'Brien's character would qualify as a goody-two-shoes!


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