Elvis Presley's first film is a documentary reportedly highlighting concert footage filmed at Brooklyn High School in Cleveland OH, during Sept. 1955, hosted by disc jockey Bill Randle. ... See full summary »
Elvis Presley's first film is a documentary reportedly highlighting concert footage filmed at Brooklyn High School in Cleveland OH, during Sept. 1955, hosted by disc jockey Bill Randle. Randle, in the 1950s, was as well known as Alan Freed. Due to legal problems over ownership of the film, this movie was only shown in public once, and has yet to be released officially. Universal Studios reportedly still has the negatives in its vaults. Written by
On Presley's first national TV appearance on Stage Show: Episode dated 28 January 1956 (1956), he is introduced along with Randle with the comment that he had recently appeared in a movie short. This is the film that was being referred to. See more »
Documentary on the career of Cleveland disc jockey Bill Randle, who was almost as famous as Alan Freed. Pat Boone, Bill Haley and Elvis Presley appear along with members of Haley's Comets. Randle sold the rights in 1992. Polygram International later bought the film, which has yet to be shown in a commercialized release. This was Elvis' first film. He sang "That's All Right," "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Mystery Train" and "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," accompanied by Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass. Filmed at Brooklyn (Ohio) High School in the afternoon with an evening concert at St. Michael's Hall in Cleveland, October 20, 1955. The Four Lads and Priscilla Wright were also on the bill that night. Presley's first concert north of the Mason-Dixon Line was in February 1955 at Cleveland's Circle Theater. He played there again the following month and also the night before the Brooklyn show. Headliners were Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells.
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