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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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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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Elvis in Action as Never Before! See more »

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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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Box Office

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

This film released 20 years before Elvis' Death. See more »

Goofs

In several of the songs Elvis sings, his lips don't quite match the words in places. This is probably because he is lip-syncing to a a recording he made earlier. See more »

Quotes

Hunk Houghton: [to the mail clerks] Hurry up, fellas. I gotta count my fan mail.
Hunk Houghton: [starts reading the envelopes] Vince Everett. Everett. Everett.
Hunk Houghton: [calls the mail clerks over] Hey, you birds, come here. How would you like to make 5 cartons a piece?
Mail Clerk #1: Five? Who do you want us to murder?
Hunk Houghton: This is the easiest money you'll ever make as long as you live. All's you gotta do is to keep your mouth shut. I mean, about the mail. I made a mistake and I gave the kid the best spot in the show. Naturally, if any word of this gets ...
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Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Be Free
(uncredited)
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
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some reviewers need anger management help!
20 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Wow..did you see the review of this film by "chowderhead"? Well, "chowderhead" is appropriately named and definitely needs some help. Sure, reviews if any kind are always merely one guy's opinion, but some people really go off the deep end. I believe this is one of Elvis' BEST films. How can you say it's the worst? Have you seen "Paradise Hawaiian Style" of "Harum Scarum" lately? This was the brief period in Elvis' career when he was taken somewhat seriously by his directors and fellow cast members. Elvis really tried too; before giving up and giving in to the Colonel and a parade of bad scripts and horrible soundtracks. The late Judy Tyler is great in this movie and the songs are pure early Elvis; good old Rock and Roll! A favorite is "(You're so Square) Baby I don't care". Check out the dance sequence for the song "Jailhouse Rock". It's Elvis at his swivel hipped best. Chowderhead, you must be a huge Pat Boone fan and although he is still a wonderful talent, I wouldn't say he is a hundred times better than Elvis! Debby Boone'e "You Light Up MY Life" is HIP? Get real! And Little Richard has no talent? Stay off the caffiene and chill out. You'll feel better. By the way, Pat Boone NEVER recorded "Hound Dog", so how could his "version" outsell Elvis"? Get your facts straight. Better yet, rent a video or DVD of Jailhouse Rock and this time, watch it with your eyes open.


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