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King Creole (1958)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Musical | 2 July 1958 (USA)
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

Often considered as the best movie Elvis Presley ever made. 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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Referenced in Les diplômés du dernier rang (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Ask Me Why
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis at his Best
8 January 2002 | by clairus99See all my reviews

I've heard it said that this was Elvis' favourite of his own films. And no wonder. It's about the only film he ever did that allowed him to be an actor. And let's remember, Elvis had no formal acting training, and sure, the film is, as usual, peppered with great Elvis numbers and no-one doubts his talent there.

If only the Colonel had chosen to exploit the acting side a little more, perhaps we would have a lot more memorable stuff like this to remember than some of the later films, such as.....er.....er....well, there you go, I don't remember any. Perhaps Elvis would have been a lot more proud too.

Anyway, alongside Elvis is a wonderful Carolyn "Morticia Adams" Jones and a fairly early Walter Matthau, showing us that he didn't just make us laugh in his movies, but he was able to impress us with dramatic roles also.


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