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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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Valerie
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Big Frank
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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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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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Over his head in LOVE, GIRLS, SONGS and LAUGHS! 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

Some of the Fort Lauderdale beach crowd sequences were lifted from the movie Where the Boys Are (1960). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

'Wolf Call' O'Brien: Hey, Rusty! How'd you get out?
Andy: What out? He's trying to get in!
'Wolf Call' O'Brien: [to Rusty] You mean you want to be in jail?
Wilbur: It's to see a girl.
Doc: But he can't get in. It's impossible.
'Wolf Call' O'Brien: Interesting problem. Very interesting. A jail-break going the other way.
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Do Not Disturb
(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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