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Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 8 November 1957 (USA)
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After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Guy Trosper (screenplay), Nedrick Young (story) (as Ned Young)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Vince Everett
Judy Tyler Judy Tyler ... Peggy Van Alden
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Hunk Houghton
Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Shores
Jennifer Holden Jennifer Holden ... Sherry Wilson
Dean Jones ... Teddy Talbot
Anne Neyland ... Laury Jackson
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Storyline

Vince Everett is serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter. While in the big house, his cellmate, a former country singer, introduces him to the record business. Everett takes to it so well that he decides to become a singer when he gets out. However, he is quickly disillusioned by the record business. But with the help of a new friend, he decides to form his own label, and soon becomes an overnight sensation. But when he becomes a superstar, will his desire for fame and money cause him to forget the people who got him there? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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His first big dramatic singing role! See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le rock du bagne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000
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Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One day, while filming a scene, Elvis Presley swallowed a tooth cap. He had to be hospitalized for a few days in order to remove it and recuperate. See more »

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Concerning the Laurel Records partnership, Shores mentioned that the "40 percent participant failed to telephone the 60 percent partner," i.e., Peggy failed to telephone Vince. However, Shores was a 9 percent partner in the firm, which left Vince with 51 percent of the company, not 60 percent. See more »

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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.30 (2010) See more »

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Young And Beautiful
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Written by Abner Silver & Aaron Schröder
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Not bad
7 May 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Vince (Elvis Presley) is a backwoods boy with a HUGE temper problem. One day he beats a guy to death in a fight and is sent to prison. While there he's cell mates with Hunk (Mickey Shaughnessy) who gets him interested in playing the guitar and singing. When released Vince makes it big with the help of Peggy (Judy Taylor)...but becomes an obnoxious jerk. He treats Hunk and Peggy like dirt. Will he come around and treat them better? What do you think?

I tuned into this just to watch the "Jailhouse Rock" number. I'm not a fan of Presley but I heard this was good. I was surprised at how much I liked it. All the songs are good and the "Jailhouse Rock" number is just stunning--easily one of the best choreographed musical numbers ever caught on screen. Taylor is pretty and just charming in her role (sadly she died right after completing this) and Shaughnessy offers strong support. Also it's well-directed in Cinemascope.

The only debits are the overly familiar story and Presley's acting. He was a great singer but no actor--sometimes it was almost embarrassing to watch how badly he played scenes. But it's still worth watching for the songs and the other performances. I give this a 7.


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