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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Vince Everett
Judy Tyler ... Peggy Van Alden
... Hunk Houghton
... Mr. Shores
Jennifer Holden ... Sherry Wilson
... Teddy Talbot
... Laury Jackson
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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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Drama | Music | Musical

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8 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le rock du bagne  »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000
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(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis Presley refused to watch this movie because of Judy Tyler's tragic accidental death in a car wreck on July 3, 1957, three days after filming was completed. See more »

Goofs

Teddy Talbot's shirt changes between shots (most noticeable in the colorized version). See more »

Quotes

Vince Everett: Laury is a real cool little singer. I'm takin' her to New York with me.
Peggy Van Alden: Oh! In that case, I don't think I'll go.
Vince Everett: Were you planning to go? What for?
Peggy Van Alden: No reason I can think of now.
Vince Everett: Got nothin' to do with the record business.
Peggy Van Alden: Of course not.
Vince Everett: It's just like you said that night in Joplin, "You and me, it's strictly business."
Peggy Van Alden: Let's keep it that way.
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Referenced in Rederiet: Många bäckar små... (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Young And Beautiful
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Written by Abner Silver & Aaron Schröder
Performed by Elvis Presley
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A pop culture time capsule from the late 1950's decade
29 March 2003 | by See 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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