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King Creole (1958)

A rebellious young man takes a job as a nightclub singer to make ends meet, attracting the attention of a local crime boss.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Herbert Baker (screenplay), Michael V. Gazzo (screenplay) (as Michael Vincente Gazzo) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Danny Fisher
Carolyn Jones ... Ronnie
Walter Matthau ... Maxie Fields
Dolores Hart ... Nellie
Dean Jagger ... Mr. Fisher
Liliane Montevecchi ... Forty Nina
Vic Morrow ... Shark
Paul Stewart ... Charlie LeGrand
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Mimi Fisher
Brian G. Hutton ... Sal (as Brian Hutton)
Jack Grinnage ... Dummy
Dick Winslow ... Eddie Burton
Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Evans - School Principal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Tyler Leon Tyler ... Drug Clerk (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Having flunked graduation for a second time and needing cash to support his crabby (and thus unemployed) father, Danny Fisher takes a job as a singer in the King Creole nightclub - about the only joint around not run by smarmy crook Maxie Fields who wants him for his own place. He gets on pretty well with Fields' floozy though, and all this plus his involvement with Fields' hoods and with innocent five-and-dime store assistant Nellie means Danny finds his world closing in on him all ways round. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It Probes with the Heartbeat of Today's Youth!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danny See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dolores Hart was also cast as Elvis Presley's character girlfriend in Loving You (1957). See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie there is a scene where people on the street sing a song. In one part a woman is singing on the song, but the picture shows a male singer. See more »

Quotes

Shark: Danny... We know you're in here. You come on out now, and you got a chance. You can't get away. Maxie's got the whole town covered!
[Shark flips out his switch-blade]
Shark: This is it, buddy! This is the big get-even day! We've got a lot to settle up, you and me. Danny, I knew it was your old man that night. I knew it, and I slugged him anyway, so you come on out and get me! You come out and get me, or we're coming in!
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Soundtracks

Dixieland Rock
Written by Aaron Schröder & Beverly Ross (as Rachel Frank)
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Never be the same again...
13 January 2001 | by CosmicDwellingsSee all my reviews

To a lot of critics and non-fans of the Master of Song or King of Rock 'n' Roll, to give him his correct title, Elvis Presley was merely a wooden celluloid freak who just sang to children, animals, and everybody's Grandmother on a movie set. That might have been the case during the mid-'60's when Elvis didn't know how to perform on a movie set any other way than to follow the less than mediocre script which was getting more tedious and morose as the previous one. This trend was set by the formula that started with "G.I. Blues" and finally reaffirmed with the classic, "Blue Hawaii", from then on in with the exception of "Flaming Star", it was a pretty poor rag-bag bunch. However, "King Creole" was Elvis' jewel in the crown. The film is a testimony to a time when rebellion amongst teenage life was coming to the fore and the struggle for a young person's individuality in society was a constant threat to many parents of the 1950's genre. If Elvis was to be a big movie star this is the one that certainly went a step further than "Jailhouse Rock" to ascertain that position. Elvis' acting improved over the three film period of 1956-57, and in "King Creole" you can see the transition. He brings to the screen all the grittiness, excitement, tension that his character, Danny Fisher, is all about. This great quality movie really pays justice to a classic piece of film making by Director Michael Curtiz and a great supporting cast that Elvis gained so much from performing with in this story. Another transition also happens in this movie and that is one of the music. Apparently, Elvis never really liked Jazz music, but he certainly forgot all about that when he cut the soundtrack to this movie. I'm sure that Jazz music featured slightly higher on his list after he realised what he could do in the studio with this kind of music and blending it with his own rock rythmns and blues orientations. To me, this is one of the greatest films ever made, by one of the most underrated actors of our time. To the critics and non-fans alike: Watch it and Weep!


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