Girl Happy (1965)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  14 April 1965 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Big Frank
Gary Crosby ...
Joby Baker ...
Sunny Daze
Fabrizio Mioni ...
Sgt. Benson
Peter Brooks ...
Brentwood Von Durgenfeld
Mr. Penchill
Lyn Edgington ...
Gail Gilmore ...


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 <>

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Over his head in LOVE, GIRLS, SONGS and LAUGHS! See more »


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Release Date:

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)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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For reasons unknown, several of Elvis Presley's songs are slightly sped up, making his voice sound higher than usual. This is most noticeable on the title track. This error appears to have originated in the recording studio, as the RCA soundtrack album retains the sped up versions of the songs. A recording of "Girl Happy", mastered at the proper speed, would not be released until the 1990s. The explanation came afterwards that it was intentional and that it was supposed to give the title track an upbeat feeling that it lacked apparently in the original version. It has to be reminded that this soundtrack was recorded at the height of Beatlemania in June 1964 and that the record company tried to give some "extra-youth" to Elvis by speeding up the tape. Also, 1964 is the first year Elvis did not reach the TOP 10 with any of the six singles he released that year. See more »


At the end of I've Got to Find My Baby the drummer is seen to throw his drumsticks. Immediately after he is seen coming around his drum kit with a stick in his left hand, and immediately after that his hands are empty again. See more »


Rusty Wells: [into a phone] Hello? Oh, Mr. Frank...
Big Frank: [into the phone] I just called Valerie and nobody even answers her phone. Where is she at this time of night? I'm warning you... if anything happens to my daughter, you're next engagement down there is going to be at the county hospital!
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Lots of fun in the sun with Elvis and friends
22 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Girl Happy is typical of the mid-sixties beach movies,and to some extent,it is similar to another earlier film,"Where the Boys Are".Both take place in Fort Lauderdale,Florida during college spring-break.The plot is simple,and the songs are plentiful.Besides looking and sounding great,Elvis displays his natural talent for comedy,which most actors will admit is more difficult than straight drama.The film is pure fun and moves pretty quickly.Harold J. Stone is excellent as the tough,gangster-like father of co-star Shelley Fabares,who is her usual adorably cute love interest.Plenty of slapstick comedy with Elvis assisted by Gary Crosby(Bing's son),Joby Baker,and Jimmy Hawkins.If you are looking for a fun-filled musical 90 minutes without profanity,violence,substance abuse, or nudity/sexuality,then Girl Happy will make you happy.What's taking the studio so long to release this title on DVD?

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