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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Elvis Presley said to director Michael Curtiz after filming that "Now I know what a good director is". Curtiz became one of Elvis' favourite directors. See more »

Goofs

Throughout most of the scene near the end of the film, in which the injured Danny recovers consciousness in Ronnie's cabin, his slashed arm is seen to be tightly bandaged - presumably Ronnie's first-aid handiwork. However, in one shot, the bandages are hanging loosely from his arm. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Evans: Now, you've just been told that you're not graduating tomorrow. Doesn't that mean anything to you?
Danny Fisher: You said I'm not graduating. OK, that's it. Now what do you want?
Mr. Evans: I once had a son, Danny. He lived 13 years. Some hoodlums jumped him one night, and he died.
Danny Fisher: I'm sorry. But what's that got to do with me?
Mr. Evans: Because you have all the earmarks of being a hoodlum.
Danny Fisher: Aw!
Mr. Evans: A hoodlum or a hustler, whatever you want to call it.
Danny Fisher: This isn't principal talk.
Mr. Evans: Well, the more difficult the student, the more I try to ...
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Connections

Featured in This Is Elvis (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

New Orleans
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley
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To Watch 'King Creole' is to See the Light
9 August 2003 | by LateShowSee all my reviews

I had an epiphany tonight. 'King Creole' is a better film than 'Jailhouse Rock'. 'Jailhouse' may contain King's best acting but 'King Creole' is his best film. Why? I would say King's acting is only slightly less convincing in 'Creole' but two things make it a better film: the cast and the story. 'King Creole' boasts the finest cast by far of any Presley film. Only Ann-Margret is sexier than Carolyn Jones, Vic Morrow has that ferocious mouth, Dean Jagger is almost perfect as the beaten father and Walter Matthau is deliciously vile. Harold Robbins' novel 'A Stone for Danny Fisher' is gritty and at times hard to read. Although the screenplay (co-written by 'Frankie Five-Angels', Michael V. Gazzo) is quite a bit more tame it is still tough. Think about it: King plays a character who kills a man in an alley with a switchblade. Here he is not 'Jailhouse Rock's amoral Vince Everett. Instead he is, at times, IMmoral. Forget all you think you know about the icon, Elvis Presley, and watch his eyes when, as Danny Fisher, he tells his father 'you go to school. I'm goin' out to make a buck'. If you don't see it, if you don't see IT, you're just not looking.


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