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14 April 1965 (USA) See more »
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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. 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

Jimmy Hawkins ... Doc

Nita Talbot ... Sunny Daze

Mary Ann Mobley ... Deena

Fabrizio Mioni ... Romano

Jackie Coogan ... Sgt. Benson
Peter Brooks ... Brentwood Von Durgenfeld

John Fiedler ... Mr. Penchill

Chris Noel ... Betsy
Lyn Edgington ... Laurie
Gail Gilmore ... Nancy
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)

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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96 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Some of the Fort Lauderdale beach crowd sequences were lifted from the movie Where the Boys Are (1960).See more »
Miscellaneous: When Elvis is playing the bass guitar (club scene right before the brawl) he sets the bass down, but you can hear the bass riff continue to play.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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Elvis in Hollywood, 16 August 2009
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Nightclub singer Elvis Presley (as Rusty Wells) is hired to chaperone sexy Shelley Fabares (as Valerie Frank), with predictable results... While it was not strong enough to have be trumpeted as a significant improvement at the time, "Girl Happy" is a cut above the (then) average Presley movie. Most importantly, director Boris Sagal, along with the writing team of Harvey Bullock and R.S. Allen, effectively make more of a situation comedy with Elvis music, than the more often used, and vacuously plotted, "Elvis travelogue" with tunes. The comedy is well-paced, nicely played, and includes some genuinely funny moments.

Ms. Fabares' innocent sexuality compliments Presley, and they play very well on screen together. Fabares was understandably invited to co-star in additional Presley movies (with mixed results, due to weakening material). Also very good are Elvis frantic band-mates Jimmy Hawkins (as Doc), Gary Crosby (Andy), and Joby Baker (Wilbur). Fabares and Mr. Hawkins had been a cute teenage couple on "The Donna Reed Show". Mr. Crosby was one of Bing's sons (which turned out to be less fortunate than you'd think). And, Mr. Baker was in a regrettably short-lived Dick Van Dyke-type comedy called "Good Morning World".

MGM wisely used RCA's soundtrack studio record takes for "Girl Happy" (for the most part). In the past, there were sometimes completely separate versions for film and record, with the lamer versions making the film. Presley recorded the "Girl Happy" songs in June 1964; in hindsight, these and the just completed "Roustabout" were the last gasp of Presley as a dependable pop soundtrack singer. Critics weren't enthusiastic about his 1960s film songs, but there were scattered gems throughout. Nothing herein approaches "Return to Sender", but there are no real dogs, either.

The speeded-up vocals evident on "Girl Happy" were not uncommon; recording stars and record companies routinely speeded-up recordings. In the 1960s, many radio stations speeded up every record they played; this way, they could play more records, and get in more commercials. Many old TV shows are speeded-up, also… but, back to Presley: His next film, "Tickle Me", featured no newly recorded soundtrack songs. After a long period of inactivity, he recorded "Harum Sacrum", the first wholly substandard soundtrack of his career. That was followed by "Frankie and Johnny". So, dig right in and "Do the Clam".

****** Girl Happy (3/27/65) Boris Sagal ~ Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Jimmy Hawkins, Gary Crosby

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