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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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MGM Presents ELVIS PRESLEY at his greatest See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Company Credits

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

Judy Tyler never saw the premiere of this movie; she was killed in a traffic accident in Wyoming on July 3, 1957, only three days after the film was completed. It was released theatrically on November 8, 1957. See more »

Goofs

No visible sign of tracheotomy. See more »

Quotes

Hotel Clerk: I'll send a woman up to make the bed directly.
Vince Everett: Okay.
Vince Everett: [sees him still standing there] What do you want?
Hotel Clerk: It's custom to tip a man he brings you to your room.
Vince Everett: Well, I'm startin' a new custom: no tip.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Treat Me Nice
(uncredited)
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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A pop culture time capsule from the late 1950's decade
29 March 2003 | by marxsarxSee all my reviews

"Jailhouse Rock" is an entertaining film which Elvis Presley, its star, carries all the way. Judy Tyler is gorgeous as a love interest and Mickey Shaughnessy is tough but goodhearted as his jailhouse buddy. They provide good support. This is an early film for Elvis, maybe only his second film after his debut in "Love Me Tender." This movie felt like a pop culture time capsule from the late fifties era with the clothes, the music and the cars. It is a forerunner of many Elvis films of the same type where Elvis sings, overcomes obstacles and gets the girl, and yet it has the charm and innocence often typical in this era. The concept is still fresh in 1957, and it shows in Elvis's performance which is good. The plot is a bit weak in places but passable. "Jailhouse Rock" features roughly half a dozen performances by Elvis and they all add to the fun. There are also one or two numbers by costar Mickey Shaughnessy and they also enhance the film. This is one of the more substantial Elvis Films and a good one to watch to introduce you to the phenomenon of Elvis Presley. Sadly, Elvis's lovely costar Judy Tyler was killed in an automobile accident before the film was released in theaters. It has been said that Elvis refused to watch "Jailhouse Rock" ever again after Judy's death. I give this movie an 82/100 points.


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