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Director:
Writers:
William Fay (screenplay)
Francis Wallace (story)
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Release Date:
29 August 1962 (USA) See more »
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Presley packs the the screen's biggest wallop...with the gals...with the gloves...with the guitar!
Plot:
When he completes his military service Walter Gulick returns to his birthplace, Cream Valley, New York... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Enjoyable, and a little more than just fluff See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Elvis Presley ... Walter Gulick

Gig Young ... Willy Grogan
Lola Albright ... Dolly Fletcher
Joan Blackman ... Rose Grogan

Charles Bronson ... Lew Nyack

David Lewis ... Otto Danzig
Robert Emhardt ... Maynard
Liam Redmond ... Father Higgins
Judson Pratt ... Howie Zimmerman

Ned Glass ... Max Lieberman
George Mitchell ... Harry Sperling

Roy Roberts ... Jerry Bathgate

Michael Dante ... Joie Shakes
Richard Devon ... Marvin
Jeff Morris ... Ralphie (as Jeffrey Morris)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Alcaide ... Danzig Hood (uncredited)

Edward Asner ... Assistant District Attorney Frank Gerson (uncredited)
David Cadiente ... Boxer (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan ... Romero Fight Referee (uncredited)
Orlando De La Fuente ... Ramon 'Sugarboy' Romero (uncredited)

Nick Dimitri ... Boxer (uncredited)
Louie Elias ... Boxer (uncredited)
Joe Esposito ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Fight Crowd Member (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... Romero's Manager (uncredited)
Seamon Glass ... Boxer (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Trainer (uncredited)
Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Tommy Hart--Referee (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Fight Crowd Member (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Fight Crowd Member (uncredited)
The Jordanaires ... Vocal Group (uncredited)
Kip King ... Round Card Man at Romero Fight (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Razzing Ringsider (uncredited)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... Fight Announcer (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Romero's Trainer (uncredited)
Ralph Moody ... Peter J. Prohosko (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Freddie (uncredited)
James Rawley ... Doctor (uncredited)

Bert Remsen ... Max (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Bevis (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Bailey's Handler (uncredited)
Al Silvani ... Training Camp Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Sorensen ... Joe (uncredited)
Sara Taft ... Father Higgins' Housekeeper (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Fight Crowd Member (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Fight Cornerman (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Fight Stadium Attendant (uncredited)
Del 'Sonny' West ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Red West ... Opponent (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Bailey Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Bill Zuckert ... O'Grady (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
 
Writing credits
William Fay (screenplay)

Francis Wallace (story)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey 
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Alice Monte .... hairdresser
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (as Lynn Reynolds)
 
Production Management
Robert E. Relyea .... unit production manager
Allen K. Wood .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerome M. Siegel .... assistant director
John Flynn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Agnone .... property
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Del Harris .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dick Dial .... fights (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Spicer .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene Caine .... wardrobe
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Marshall M. Borden .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Robert Tracy .... music editor
 
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Eugene Busch .... dialogue coach
Mushy Callahan .... boxing advisor
Tom Parker .... technical advisor (as Col. Tom Parker)
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (certificate #20180) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Trivia:
Elvis thought that Michael Curtiz would have been the ideal director for this film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Kid Galahad trains for the climactic big fight during the middle of summer, Independence Day to Labor Day, yet when you see all the orange and yellow leaves on the trees and on the ground it is obvious that these scenes were filmed in autumn.See more »
Quotes:
Lew Nyack:What did you think when you read all that phony publicity about yourself?
Walter Gulick:You mean about the 17 knockouts?
Lew Nyack:Yeah.
Walter Gulick:At first I kinda felt sorry for Willy.
Lew Nyack:Sorry for him?
Walter Gulick:He's not a bad guy, Lew. Maybe he's got reason for being a liar. It'd be nice if we can help him out.
Lew Nyack:Help HIM out? Well how about YOU?
[points to a losing boxer being carried to a stretcher]
Lew Nyack:Look at that! Suppose you step out there in that ring and Ezzard Bailey separates you from what little brains you got left? Huh?
Walter Gulick:Yeah, I've been thinking about that too.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.89" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Riding the RainbowSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable, and a little more than just fluff, 28 March 2006
Author: vchimpanzee

At the start, Walter is fresh from the army and hitchhiking on the back of a moving van (not something anyone should attempt in real life, but it looks good here). And he's singing! Walter arrives in the small scenic New York community of Cream Valley, where he was born. After his parents died he was raised by an aunt in Kentucky (which explains the accent). In the army he worked in the motor pool, and he loves restoring cars, so he hopes to get a job as a mechanic.

Unfortunately, the only job available is sparring partner for one of several boxers training in the community. At least Walter boxed in the army. He isn't that good, until ...

Willy runs Grogan's Gaelic Gardens, which is trying to compete with Lieberman's Shangri-La as a tourist attraction. But Willy has a gambling problem, and Otto and his goons constantly remind him he needs to pay up. Dolly, who used to sing at Lieberman's, is Willy's impatient fiancée, and she helps take care of the place. And Rose is Willy's younger sister and business partner. The minute Walter sees Rose, we all know what's going to happen with them. Of course, Willy turns out to be quite overprotective.

Walter's boxing talent just may turn out to be the solution for Willy's problems. The usual formula for movies like this applies, though, and it won't be that easy.

I haven't seen but a few Elvis Presley movies. But I didn't know what I was missing. Even Elvis admitted (as portrayed on TV by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) that his movies were fluff, but this one was just a little more.

Elvis gives us his usual impeccably polite all-American boy, and shows his singing talent in a few scenes (though this is not what I would call a musical). He is also good at looking tough in the boxing ring, and he really seems to be able to take a punch or two or three. But in the scenes where he loses his temper (because women shouldn't be treated that way), it becomes clear Elvis was hired for his popularity, not his acting ability.

What makes this film more than ordinary is the talent surrounding the King. Lola Albright as Dolly, Robert Emhardt as Maynard, and David Lewis as Otto in particular. I wasn't that impressed with Gig Young as Willy, but he was easy to like.

And I have to single out Charles Bronson as boxing trainer Lew. When he was in pain in one scene, it was truly disturbing. And that's what put this movie over the top and made it more than just the usual.

Ed Asner (from the Manhattan district attorney's office) had a bald spot even way back then! I've liked him for years. I didn't see much from him here to be impressed with, though.

I did like the music, and the classic cars, which of course were brand new or only a few years old. Walter himself liked the vintage car he restored better than I did.

I would call this good, clean family fun, but of course Elvis does get beat up a lot and he does bleed. And there is some violence even outside the boxing ring. But in the early 60s, violence wasn't as big a concern as it is today.

If you like Elvis, this is certainly one to watch.

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