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Harvey Bullock (written by) and
R.S. Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
14 April 1965 (USA) See more »
Over his head in LOVE, GIRLS, SONGS and LAUGHS! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elvis Presley ... Rusty Wells

Shelley Fabares ... Valerie

Harold J. Stone ... Big Frank
Gary Crosby ... Andy

Joby Baker ... Wilbur

Nita Talbot ... Sunny Daze

Mary Ann Mobley ... Deena

Fabrizio Mioni ... Romano

Jimmy Hawkins ... Doc

Jackie Coogan ... Sgt. Benson

Peter Brooks ... Brentwood Von Durgenfeld

John Fiedler ... Mr. Penchill

Chris Noel ... Betsy
Lyn Edgington ... Laurie
Gail Gilmore ... Nancy (as Gale Gilmore)
Pamela Curran ... Bobbie
Rusty Allen ... Linda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Beverly Adams ... Girl #2 (uncredited)

George Cisar ... Bartender at the Kit Kat Club (uncredited)
Theresa Cooper ... Girl (uncredited)
Nancy Czar ... Blonde on Beach (uncredited)
Stasa Damascus ... Girl #3 (uncredited)
Jim Dawson ... Muscle Boy (uncredited)
Mike De Anda ... Burt - Bartender at the Sandbar Club (uncredited)
Darren Dublin ... Driver (uncredited)

Tommy Farrell ... Louie (uncredited)
Ted Fish ... Garbageman (uncredited)

Milton Frome ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Norman Grabowski ... 'Wolf Call' O'Brien (uncredited)

Dan Haggerty ... Charlie (uncredited)
Alan Hanley ... 1st Waiter at 77 Club (uncredited)

Hank Jones ... Boy (uncredited)
Ralph Lee ... Officer Jones (uncredited)

Kent McCord ... (uncredited)
Julie Payne ... Girl #1 (uncredited)
Richard Reeves ... Officer Wilkins (uncredited)

Olan Soule ... 2nd Waiter at 77 Club (uncredited)

Les Tremayne ... Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Red West ... Extra in Kit Kat Club (uncredited)
Lori Williams ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Boris Sagal 
Writing credits
Harvey Bullock (written by) and
R.S. Allen (written by)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
Original Music by
George Stoll 
Robert Van Eps (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rita Roland 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Addison Hehr 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup supervisor
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Larry Geller .... hair designer: Elvis Presley (uncredited)
Production Management
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant production manager: MGM (uncredited)
Al Shenberg .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Aldworth .... assistant director
Wally Jones .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jim Luttrell .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Larry Hadsell .... boom operator (uncredited)
Larry Jost .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Bruce Wright .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff King .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Norton .... camera operator (uncredited)
Perry O'Brien .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dale Varnum .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lambert Marks .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Elva Martien .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
The Jordanaires .... vocal backgrounds
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Tom Parker .... technical advisor (as Colonel Tom Parker)
Cleo Anton .... script supervisor (uncredited)
David Winters .... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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96 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | Germany:0 (re-rating) (2007) | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #20765) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

Did You Know?

The song "The Meanest Girl in Town" was one of the only songs not composed for this movie. It had been written for Bill Haley and the Comets and recorded by then in 1964 under the title "Yeah She's Evil".See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Into the Night (1985)See more »
I've Got to Find My BabySee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Presley winner, 18 October 2010
Author: Bjorn (ODDBear) from Iceland

Perhaps it's the beach pleasant atmosphere, perhaps it's lovely leading lady Shelley Fabares, perhaps it's an overall decent story and competent supporting actors but Elvis seems to be enjoying himself in "Girl Happy" and chances are you will too.

Elvis plays a lead singer of a hot rockn' roll band who manipulates himself and his band into chaperoning a gangster's daughter while she's partying in Fort Lauderdale - so they can escape the freezing cold in Chicago. And soon he falls for her and she for him.

It's a simple, lightweight story as usual with Presley's later films but the songs are good ("Puppet on a String" especially beautiful), it's got lovely scenery (although heavily set in studio, as most Presley films) and competent performances from all involved. Shelley Fabares is a knockout beauty but she's also a good performer and looks quite dashing on stage with the King performing "Meanest Girl in Town".

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