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Girl Happy (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 14 April 1965 (USA)
A Chicago mobster hires a rock and roll singer and his band to keep an eye on his daughter during Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Cast

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Valerie
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Big Frank
Gary Crosby ...
Andy
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Wilbur
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Doc
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Sunny Daze
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Deena
Fabrizio Mioni ...
Romano
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Sgt. Benson
Peter Brooks ...
Brentwood Von Durgenfeld
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Mr. Penchill
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Betsy
Lyn Edgington ...
Laurie
Gail Gilmore ...
Nancy
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Storyline

Elvis Presley is in fine form as singer Rusty Wells, who is hired by Big Frank to watch over his daughter, Val, while on her first girly holiday. Much mayhem ensues when heart throb Romano tries his luck with the hapless girl, and Elvis et all have to intervene. Written by Paul Batey <pbatey@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au>

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Elvis jumps with the campus crowd to make the beach 'ball' bounce!!! See more »


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14 April 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loco por las chicas  »

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$3,100,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the film is set in Fort Lauderdale, Elvis did not film any scenes in the city (as was common practice in later Presley films). Primary shooting was done at the MGM studios in Hollywood, while the beach scenes were filmed in southern California. Only second unit filming was done in Fort Lauderdale. See more »

Goofs

When Elvis is on the beach playing the intro to "Do the Clam," the sound is clearly from an electric guitar, but when Elvis is shown playing the guitar, it's a regular acoustic guitar, which sounds nothing like an electric. See more »

Quotes

Rusty Wells: Where is she? Where's Valerie? Is she all right?
Wilbur: Yeah, she's all right but we woun't be as soon as Big Frank gets wind of this.
Rusty Wells: I'm not worried about Big Frank. I gotta find her and explain.
Doc: What have you got to explain?
Andy: Wait a minute. How come all of a sudden you're so worried about her?
[Rusty sheepishly looks at them as they all quickly figure out that he and Valerie are now romanticaly involved]
Wilbur: No... it can't be.
Doc: You mean you and her... him and her...?
Andy: The King is dead!
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Connections

Referenced in American Dreams: To Tell the Truth (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Wolf Call
(uncredited)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley
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GIRL HAPPY (Boris Sagal, 1965) **1/2
6 September 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Another Elvis Presley movie, another cringe-inducing title: predictably, as trivial as can be but, surprisingly enough, quite a fun, comedic vehicle with Elvis and his band assigned to chaperone a gangster's teenage daughter at a holiday camp. Shelley Fabares is among Presley's cutest female leads (she would co-star with him twice more in just as many years) and at times reminded me of Martha Vickers's thumbsucking Carmen Sternwood in Howard Hawks' THE BIG SLEEP (1946)! Of course, the couple's eventual romance is complicated as much by the easily misunderstood situation as by their being needlessly involved with other partners.

Familiar character actor Harold J. Stone, usually noted for drama, is the gangster but, while he plays it mostly straight, isn't exactly menacing either; the songs are a cut above-average, though "Do The Clam" – a would-be instant 'beach blanket' hit – is a definite low point! Former child star Jackie Coogan – of Charles Chaplin's THE KID (1921) fame and who was then undergoing a brief career renaissance as the lunatic Uncle Fester in the cult TV series, THE ADDAMS FAMILY – appears here as a flustered cop but his participation is, alas, an undistinguished one.

Amazingly, I recently learned – through a newspaper article written by a friend of my father's who happens to be the No. 1 Elvis fan I know and who was also the one to introduce me to home video technology back in 1985! – that GIRL HAPPY was banned in Malta on original release (most probably due to a 'hot' striptease act the boys witness more than once during their runarounds after a tipsy Fabares)!!


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