A troubled youth's singing sets New Orleans rockin'. With a sweet girl to love him and nightclubbers cheering, it seems he will shake off his past and head for the top. But will a mobster and his man-trap moll snare him in a life of crime?

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 ... 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 J-26

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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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Trivia

The film being in black and white was a stylistic choice by director Michael Curtiz. 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

Danny Fisher: [to Shark] I should've finished you off a long time ago.
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Connections

Edited into The Story of Elvis Presley (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Crawfish
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley and Kitty White
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"Probably one of Presley's finest movies!"
7 January 2004 | by jamesraeburn2003See all my reviews

Elvis Presley plays Danny Fisher, a misunderstood teenager who is forced to live in a neighbourhood frequented by hoodlums because his father's business went bankcrupt and lost their other house. Danny flunks out of high school and does several dead end jobs in order to make ends meet, but it is discovered that he has a talent for singing and he is hired by nightclub owner Charlie Le Grand. However, sadistic blackmailer and criminal Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau) also has corrupt designs on Danny's talent.

Probably one of Presley's finest movies with a fairly strong storyline and assured direction by Michael (Casablanca) Curtiz. The acting is good from Presley in one of his better roles and Matthau scores as the ruthless gang boss. The film is shot in gorgeous noir black & white and the memorable tunes include "King Creole", "Trouble" and "As Long As I Have You".


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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 »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$506
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Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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