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Clambake (1967)

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The heir to an oil fortune trades places with a water-ski instructor at a Florida hotel to see if girls will like him for himself, rather than his father's money.

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Scott Hayward / 'Tom Wilson'
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Dianne Carter
Will Hutchins ...
Tom Wilson / 'Scott Heyward'
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James J. Jamison III
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Sam
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Duster Heyward
Suzie Kaye ...
Sally
Harold Peary ...
Doorman (as Hal Peary)
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Jack Good ...
Hathaway
Olga Kaya ...
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Gloria
Sam Riddle ...
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Ellie (as Amanda Harley)
Sue England ...
Cigarette Girl
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The heir to an oil fortune trades places with a water-ski instructor at a Florida hotel to see if girls will like him for himself, rather than his father's money. Written by Geoff Poole <poole1@fas.harvard.edu>

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4 December 1967 (USA)  »

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Cambalache  »

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Elvis' red sports car in the film is a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer. See more »

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While Scott is driving in Miami, mountains are visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

James J. Jamison III: I hope you know how to take care of yourself. I call karate!
Scott Heyward: Oh, shut up.
[Scott belts James and knocks him down and out]
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Referenced in The Chronicle: The King Is Undead (2002) See more »

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How Can You Lose What You Never Had
Written by Ben Weisman & Sid Wayne
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley
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I know, I know, but it's still fun
8 January 2006 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

As weird as this sounds, I've always preferred the Elvis movies that aren't considered among his best. His best include "Jailhouse Rock," "Loving You" and "Wild In The Country." You know, the heavier, more serious early ones.

No, I'll take his later films - you got it, the dumb, stupid, oh-so light ones. Films like "Tickle Me," "Girl Happy," "Spinout" and "Double Trouble." And "Clambake." The plots were always mindless fun and "Clambake" is no different.

Elvis was almost always a moody, brooding loner in the early films. He usually played unappreciative guys with chips on his shoulder the size of the Rock of Gibraltar. The characters in those films are guys I'd have little desire to know.

However, the guys he played in his later movies aren't that way at all. They're nice, decent, upstanding, fun-loving fellas. I like those guys. I like watching them as heroes, as leading characters in fun, dumb little movies. Hence, I like those movies a lot more. I couldn't give a rat's rear about appraising them as serious films because they're not.

In his silly mindless mid-'60s films, Elvis always had a goofy main sidekick. Here in "Clambake," it's Will Hutchins, who starred in one of Warner brothers' classic '60s television westerns, "Sugarfoot." And believe me, Hutchins can goof it up with the best of them.

The two wise, sage, old guys are (1) old pro James Gregory and (2) Bette Davis' ex, Gary Merrill, who, if you really look, often looked as though he hated whatever film he was in.

Elvis' Number One girl, Shelly Fabares plays the gal Elvis competes for with Bill "My Favorite Martian" Bixby. There are also plenty of Elvis Girls around, as usual.

Alas, there are no true classics or any memorable songs in the entire film. Tunes like "High Hopes" clone "Confidence" aren't either.

"Clambake" ain't no "Tickle me," but it's still great fun!


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