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Clambake (1967)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dianne Carter
Will Hutchins ...
Suzie Kaye ...
Doorman (as Hal Peary)
Olga Kaya ...
Sam Riddle ...
Wallace Earl Laven ...
Ellie (as Amanda Harley)
Cigarette Girl


Scott Heyward, whose the son of a millionaire, is tired of woman fawning over him because of his wealth, meets Tom, who's on his way to his new job as a water skiing instructor at a hotel. They envy each other's life and decide to switch places. So Scott pretends to be Tom and Tom lives it up pretending to be Scott. Scott meets Dianne who is trying to land a rich guy and when playboy James Jamison catches her eye, she asks Scott to help her snag him. Scott agrees to but finds himself attracted to her. Scott also decides to build a boat for a speedboat race that's going to take place in the hotel but he's using a new experimental chemical which doesn't hold in water, which his father forbade him to use. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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It's Elvis!..cooking up a storm!


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Release Date:

4 December 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cambalache  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elvis' red sports car in the film is a one-of-a-kind 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray concept car. Originally silver in color, this car was the design inspiration for the "C2" generation of Corvettes (1963 - 1967), which took the name "Stingray" from this vehicle. See more »


As Scott drives along the highway at the end of the movie, he reveals his true identity and shows his driver license. As he shows evidence of his true name, his eyes are listed as brown (brn) when they are bright blue. See more »


Scott Heyward: You know something, Pa? I would have traded everything you've ever given me for one thing - for trust in me.
Duster Heyward: Well, what are you talkin', son? I've always trusted ya. I was just tryin' to make things easy is all.
Scott Heyward: That's just it, Pa. I don't want things easy. I want to be able to make my own mistakes and work 'em out.
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References Flipper (1964) See more »


Written by Ben Weisman & Sid Wayne
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley
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Not a bad movie at all!
14 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I've read all those negative comments about "Clambake" from the other users here, and I fail to understand what they're all talking about. Maybe it's not rated the best but I think "Clambake" is Cool with a capital C. Elvis portrays an oil heir that's had a belly full of false friends apparently just because he's rich or actually it's his dad Duster Heyward that's the actual tycoon. His son Scott (Elvis) is offered the opportunity to change places with a buddy he meets at a hamburger stand, who notices the attention Scott gets from a girl, once she sees his shiny red convertible. Scott explains to Tom why this is the problem he's having, "I'd like to know it's myself! Not my car, not my money" Tom tells Scott "That's the kind of problem I'd like to have. So anytime you want to switch places just say the word!" Apparently Scott does say the word then Scott becomes "Tom Wilson" and Tom becomes "Scott Heyward. Then it's off to the hotel where "Tom" meets Diane (Shelley Fabares) and asks "Tom" to give her a ski lesson so she could meet the famous boat racer and tycoon James J. Jamison III (Bill Bixby) who "Tom" competes with for Diane Carter. In the end "Tom Wilson" (the King) creates a formula to keep the critical boat sturdy which he races in, wins the race (hopefully), and of course what Elvis does in most every other movie, wins the girl. The plot is great and the cast and crew are all magnificent. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a 9.9.

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