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Kid Galahad

He sings, he fixes cars, and he takes punches better than De Niro’s Raging Bull. Elvis Presley excels in one of his few ’60s pictures that shows an interest in being a ‘real movie,’ a remake of a boxing saga with entertaining characters and fine direction from noir specialist Phil Karlson. Plus Charles Bronson, Lola Albright and Joan Blackman in standout roles.

Kid Galahad

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1962 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date August 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman, Charles Bronson, Robert Emhardt, Liam Redmond, Judson Pratt, Ned Glass, George Mitchell, Roy Roberts, Michael Dante, Richard Devon, Jeff Morris, Edward Asner, Frank Gerstle, Seamon Glass, Bert Remsen.

Cinematography: Burnett Guffey

Film Editor: Stuart Gilmore

Original Music: Jeff Alexander

Written by William Fay, Francis Wallace

Produced by David Weisbart

Directed by Phil Karlson

What, a good Elvis Presley picture?
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Writer and ‘Philbert’ Actor Trustin Howard Dies

Writer and ‘Philbert’ Actor Trustin Howard Dies
Writer and actor Trustin Howard, also known as Slick Slavin, died on April 20 after complications from a fall.

Born to poverty-stricken teenage parents in the slums of Chicago, Howard helped support his family from the age of 9 by performing on stage. By 15 years old, Howard’s career took off when he regularly performed at the Chicago Theatre, where he was introduced to the scene by his stage name Slick Slavin. He went on to perform at a variety of well-known nightclubs and theaters around the world, where he sang, played instruments, and did impersonations.

After serving in the Army, Howard returned to pursue a career as an actor, starring in films such as “Philbert,” “Speed Crazy,” and “King Creole” alongside Elvis Presley.

Howard later made the transition from acting to writing, eventually becoming head writer of the talk show “The Joey Bishop Show.” He went on to write and produce several television specials,
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Writer and ‘Philbert’ Actor Trustin Howard Dies at 93

Writer and actor Trustin Howard, also known as Slick Slavin, died on April 20 after complications from a fall. He was 93.

Born to poverty-stricken teenage parents in the slums of Chicago, Howard helped support his family from the age of 9 by performing on stage. By 15 years old, Howard’s career took off when he regularly performed at the Chicago Theatre, where he was introduced to the scene by his stage name Slick Slavin. He went on to perform at a variety of well-known nightclubs and theaters around the world, where he sang, played instruments, and did impersonations.

After serving in the Army, Howard returned to pursue a career as an actor, appearing in films such as “Philbert,” “Speed Crazy,” and “King Creole” alongside Elvis Presley.

Howard later made the transition from acting to writing, eventually becoming head writer of the talk show “The Joey Bishop Show.” He went on to write and produce several television specials, including
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National Gay Killers Day. What? Ewww!

Because we're having fun with this little feature we'll continue. On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1881 Ahead of her time Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross. She doesn't get a biopic because Hollywood is only interested in "Great Man" biopics

1916 Happy Centennial to author Harold Robbins who penned 25 best-sellers some of which became famous movies like The Carpetbaggers (1964), the Elvis flick King Creole (1958), and the notorious Pia Zadora Razzie winner The Lonely Lady (1983)

Rope (1949) and Swoon (1992) - two great movies inspired by the Leopold & Loeb case

1924 Chicago college students Leopold & Loeb murder a teenage boy in a "thrill killing." Their crime inspires the story of the gay deviants in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1949), the Cannes Best Actor winning Compulsion (1958) and is recreated in the New Queer Cinema classic Swoon (1992)

1926 Kay Kendall of Les Girls (1957) fame is born

1952 Two time Oscar nominee John Garfield (best
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Studios Open Their Vaults—Even Wider

Even as film buffs bemoan the downsizing of the DVD market, major studios are making more of their vintage titles available in other ways. Paramount has just launched a YouTube channel on which, amazingly, they are streaming a diverse assortment of pictures from the 1950s and '60s—for free—from Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Artists and Models to Elvis Presley in King Creole. A variety of film clip packages cover movies of the '70s, '80s, and beyond. The studio’s inventory includes titles from Republic Pictures, like John Wayne in The Fighting Kentuckian and the Batjac library, including Budd Boetticher’s terrific Western 7 Men From Now, with Randolph Scott. When you sample one...

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Paramount Launches YouTube Channel Offering Feature Films to Stream for Free

As the Hollywood studios attempt to transition to the digital age, there’s been some bumpy roads along the journey as copyright and ways to access get sorted out. Today brings an example of how to do things right as Paramount have launched The Paramount Vault, which, according to their official description “showcases a collection of Paramount full-length films and clips including selections that range from black-and-white to color, comedy to horror, and everything in between.”

While the selection isn’t massive (yet, hopefully), it includes a number of highlights. Notably there’s Sean Byrne‘s deliciously wicked The Loved Ones, John Cassavetes‘ drama Love Streams, Wachowskis‘ impressive debut Bound, Noah Baumbach‘s overlooked Margot at the Wedding, as well as films featuring Jack Nicholson, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and more.

Check out our top picks thus far below and it should be noted only those in the United States can view.
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Brian G. Hutton 1935 - 2014

Brian G. Hutton, the director of classic war films Where Eagles Dare and Kelly’s Heroes, has died. He was believed to be 79.Born in 1935, the New Yorker had a brief acting career before migrating to the other side of the camera. He studied acting at Elia Kazan’s famous Actors Studio in Hell’s Kitchen, before heading to the West Coast under the patronage of legendary Casablanca producer Hal Wallis.Arriving in Los Angeles, he quickly scored theatre gigs, staging plays and teaching acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. During the mid-to-late ‘50s he landed acting roles in TV staples like Gunsmoke and Perry Mason, as well as Kirk Douglas Western Gunfight At The O.K. Corral and Elvis musical King Creole.Soon after Hutton came to the attention of Universal Studios’ New Horizons programme. The studio’s low-budget production scheme for young directors afforded him his first experience of directing work,
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Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79

Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79
Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the WWII actioners “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) and also directed Elizabeth Taylor in two films, has died. He was 79.

Where Eagles Dare,” a thriller based on the Alistair MacLean novel, also starred Richard Burton, while “Kelly Heroes,” a heist film masquerading as a war film, sported a large ensemble cast that included Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.

Hutton’s 1972 drama “X, Y and Zee” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York concerned an an architect, his mistress, and the wife intent on breaking them at all costs. Follow-up film “Night Watch,” starring Taylor and Laurence Harvey, was a thriller.

Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detective and Faye Dunaway his dying wife.

His final directorial effort was
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Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79

Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79
Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the WWII actioners “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) and also directed Elizabeth Taylor in two films, has died. He was 79.

Where Eagles Dare,” a thriller based on the Alistair MacLean novel, also starred Richard Burton, while “Kelly Heroes,” a heist film masquerading as a war film, sported a large ensemble cast that included Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.

Hutton’s 1972 drama “X, Y and Zee” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York concerned an an architect, his mistress, and the wife intent on breaking them at all costs. Follow-up film “Night Watch,” starring Taylor and Laurence Harvey, was a thriller.

Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detective and Faye Dunaway his dying wife.

His final directorial effort was
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Junkfood Cinema: A Little More Conversation

This week, as Cargill roams the Himalayas in search of more discarded VHS copies of Skatetown USA, I am joined by Fsr’s own Culture Warrior and soon-to-be-PhD Landon Palmer for a discussion of the deep-fried film oeuvre of The King himself. Almost-Dr. Palmer is definitely taking care of business as he breaks down how the shifts in Elvis Presley‘s onscreen performances mirror the shifts in rock-n-roll culture through the 50s and 60s. For my part, I go all fainting Bobby soxer over my love for King Creole and reveal how many times I’ve been to Graceland. All this, plus the reveal of which Elvis movie was intended to feature a talking camel. A little less conversation, Mr. Presley? Oh no, I think we need a lot Lot more. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Landon (@landonspeak), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #16 Directly On This Week’s Show: Overture [0:00 - 2:20] Movie House Rock [2:21 - 45:41] Leaving The Building
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Interview: From Hollywood to Holy Vows, Mother Dolores Hart on Her Book ‘The Ear of the Heart’

Chicago – In one of the most amazing stories in film history, rising movie star Dolores Hart (“King Creole,” “Where the Boys Are”) decided at the apex of her career at age 24, to give up Hollywood and become a nun. She just released her book “The Ear of the Heart: An Actresses’ Journey From Hollywood to Holy Vows.”

Mother Dolores Hart was born Dolores Hicks, and spent most of her developmental years in Chicago, but was not raised Catholic. She went to the local Catholic School for neighborhood convenience, and converted to the faith when she was ten years old. She was raised with the help of her grandparents, and her grandfather was the projectionist at the Drake Theater in Chicago, which spurred her interest in becoming an actor.

Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., at Her Consecration in 1970

Photo credit: Valerie Imbleau for Ignatius Press

Her family moved to Beverly Hills,
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Which Elvis Presley song will the public dub the King's best?

ITV are revealing the nation's favourite Elvis Presley song. Chances are the best tracks will be sadly overlooked

When ITV announced the nation's favourite Abba songs a few years back – The Day Before You Came, Dancing Queen and, top of the pile, the Bergman-like cleave of The Winner Takes It All – the general public and rock critics were as one. For a number of reasons, it seems unlikely that this will be the case when The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song is announced this weekend.

This is partly down to the sometimes peculiar choices of songs for singles throughout the King's career, the seven-inch single being the format which – in the pre-Beatles world – was the main way that pop was absorbed. Don't Be Cruel was cast adrift on the b-side of Hound Dog, Leiber and Stoller's luscious Loving You lost on the flip of child-friendly Teddy Bear, while the likes of Suspicion,
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Memorial Day weekend TV marathons: An A to Z guide

Memorial Day weekend TV marathons: An A to Z guide
Hopefully you’ll get to spend plenty of time outdoors this weekend, soaking up the sun. But if rain (or laziness) keeps you inside, we’ve compiled the TV marathons playing this weekend to keep you occupied! Enjoy!

Saturday

Adventure Time, Cartoon Network, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

American Restoration, History, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Arrested Development, IFC 6:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. (Sunday)

Bridezillas, We Tv, 10 a.m. – 5 a.m. (Sunday)

Counting Cars, History, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Deadliest Catch, Discovery, 8 p.m.- 2 a.m. (Sunday)

Defiance, SyFy, 4 p.m.-6 a.m. (Sunday) – episodes repeated

Elvis movies,
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Encore features classic Elvis Presley films all May, full schedule

Beginning Wednesday, May 1st at 8pm et/pt, Encore Will Feature Classic Films Starring Elvis Presley Including King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, Live a Little, Love a Little, Girl Happy and More! Encore Will Also Air the Docu-drama, This Is Elvis, Starring Elvis Presley, David Scott, Paul Boensch III and Johnny Harra Encore presents .The Elvis Collection: Whole Lotta Elvis. featuring 24 uncut Elvis Presley films, including one documentary, starting Monday, May 1st at 8pm et/pt only on Encore, throughout the month. Encore kicks off the month-long celebration of The King of Rock and Roll with the fan favorite, Girls! Girls! Girls! (starring Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens and Jeremy Slate). Directors Malcolm Leo and Andrew Solt recreated
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The Essentials: 5 Of Michael Curtiz's Greatest Films, On The 50th Anniversary Of His Death

The Essentials: 5 Of Michael Curtiz's Greatest Films, On The 50th Anniversary Of His Death
With the arrival of the auteur theory, filmmakers like Michael Curtiz no longer get as much sway among the current generation of directors. Curtiz (born Kertész Kaminer Manó in Hungary in 1886), was a journeyman, a man who flourished in the studio system after being picked out by Jack Warner for his Austrian Biblical epic "Moon of Israel" in 1924. He stayed at the studio for nearly 20 years, taking on whatever he was assigned at a terrifyingly prolific rate -- he made over 100 Hollywood movies up to "The Comancheros" in 1961. And some of them are terrible, as you might expect.

But Curtiz was also responsible for some of the greatest films of the era, and those who diminish his abilities (including the director himself, who once said "Who cares about character? I make it go so fast nobody notices") are ignoring his enormous skill behind the camera, and his undeniable capacity for
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Nun Who Starred with Elvis Headed to This Year's Oscars

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Nun Who Starred with Elvis Headed to This Year's Oscars
All right, no jokes about "who" she’ll be wearing on the red carpet. But the beautiful blonde '60s starlet whom baby boomers knew as Dolores Hart will be attending this year's Academy Awards - in her longtime real-life role, as a Benedictine Nun named Mother Dolores. Currently the subject of an Oscar-nominated HBO documentary, God Is the Bigger Elvis, Mother Dolores, who in her Hollywood days made Loving You and King Creole with Presley (and 11 movies in all), will be at the Kodak Theatre on Feb. 26 right along with nominees Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and
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Nun Who Starred with Elvis Headed to This Year's Oscars

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Nun Who Starred with Elvis Headed to This Year's Oscars
All right, no jokes about "who" she’ll be wearing on the red carpet. But the beautiful blonde '60s starlet whom baby boomers knew as Dolores Hart will be attending this year's Academy Awards - in her longtime real-life role, as a Benedictine Nun named Mother Dolores. Currently the subject of an Oscar-nominated HBO documentary, God Is Bigger Than Elvis, Mother Dolores, who in her Hollywood days made Loving You and King Creole with Presley (and 11 movies in all), will be at the Kodak Theatre on Feb. 26 right along with nominees Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and
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Alert: Elvis Meets Nixon Airing on Showtime!

Allan Arkush’s not-available-on-dvd 1997 feature!

Without being boring, the facts are these: in 1997, Allan Arkush made a TV movie — aptly titled Elvis Meets Nixon – about the time Elvis Presley met Richard Nixon. It’s a comedy. Tfh favorite Kevin McCarthy pops up uncredited as Deep Throat. And, as far as I know, the film’s not currently available for viewing in anywhere, unless you happen to have a cable package that includes Showtime Beyond.

Rick Peters is Elvis Presley and Bob Gunton is Richard Nixon in this true story that’s stranger than fiction. For a few days in 1970, the King stole away from his high-profile life for a clandestine meeting with the president and one of history’s oddest photo opportunities. A comic gem from director Allan Arkush.

There’s a version of this story currently kicking around Hollywood with Eric Bana attached to star, but why not catch
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Michael Curtiz @ 125

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Kertész Kaminer Manó was born in Budapest on this day in 1886. Or so he claimed. According to the Wikipedia entry, "Both the date and the year are open to doubt: he was fond of telling tall stories about his early years, including that he had run away from home to join the circus and that he had been a member of the Hungarian fencing team at the 1912 Olympic Games, but he seems to have had a conventional middle-class upbringing. He studied at Markoszy University and the Royal Academy of Theater and Art, Budapest, before beginning his career as an actor and director as Mihály Kertész at the National Hungarian Theater in 1912."

From TCM's biography:

One of the most prolific directors in the history of the cinema, Hungarian-born Michael Curtiz thrived in the studio system as the top helmsman at Warner Bros Studio in the 1930s and 40s. Tirelessly hammering out
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Blood of the Vines: King Creole

Randy heads to N’awlins with The King, King Creole.

Even some hardcore Elvis Presley fans find his movies a bit tedious to watch. He’s singing, he’s fighting, he’s singing, he’s kissing, he’s singing while fighting… that’s pretty much the script rundown for a lot of his films.

I hear that “Clambake” was E’s personal favorite of all his movies, but he liked the character of Danny Fisher in “King Creole” the best. The critics also seem to favor the two-fisted, hard-headed, dropout, nightclub singer of the 1958 classic.

While trying to choose a wine for “King Creole,” my mind immediately played the Wwed card – What Would Elvis Drink?

The King may be more closely associated with stuff a little harder than alcohol. He didn’t seem to be much of a social drinker, but he didn’t really seem very social anyway. I
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