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Kissin' Cousins (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 March 1964 (USA)
An Army officer returns to the Smoky Mountains tries to convince his kinfolk to allow the Army to build a missile site on their land. Once he gets there, he discovers he has a lookalike cousin.

Director:

Gene Nelson

Writers:

Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay), Gene Nelson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Josh Morgan / Jodie Tatum
Arthur O'Connell ... Pappy Tatum
Glenda Farrell ... Ma Tatum
Jack Albertson ... Captain Robert Salbo
Pamela Austin ... Selena Tatum (as Pam Austin)
Cynthia Pepper ... Midge
Yvonne Craig ... Azalea Tatum
Donald Woods ... General Alvin Donford
Tommy Farrell ... Master Sgt. William George Bailey
Beverly Powers Beverly Powers ... Trudy
Hortense Petra Hortense Petra ... Dixie
Bobby Stone Bobby Stone ... General's Aide (as Robert Stone)
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Storyline

An Army officer returns to the Smoky Mountains tries to convince his kinfolk to allow the Army to build a missile site on their land. Once he gets there, he discovers he has a lookalike cousin.

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Primos queridos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,800,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Four-Leaf Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Aside from the Air Force (AF) Lieutenant's unexplainedly being given orders by Army officers, and aside from Elvis's hair being WAAAY too long for AF appearance regs, no self-respecting AF Lieutenant would DARE report to a general (especially in the Pentagon) with his left epaulet sticking up on top of his collar! See more »

Goofs

Early in the film the Captain Salbo character wears a tropical Army Class A uniform, without decorations; decorations are mandatory on this uniform, especially with his service record described in the dialogue. Elvis' lieutenant character also wears Air Force service dress (Combo 1) with pilot wings but no decorations. USAF officers in 1964 would have at least the National Defense Service Medal. Also, military creases are not allowed in USAF uniform shirts, as Elvis' character wore. See more »

Quotes

Ma Tatum: Why look at you. That face would scare fate out of a tall thicket!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, the "THE END" sign is shown by Pappy Tatum (Arthur O'Connell) and Captain Salbo (Jack Albertson) as they each hold up a paddle, one reading THE, and the other reading END as they both shake hands. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.64 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Tender Feeling
(uncredited)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley singing to Cynthia Pepper; backup by The Jordanaires
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Bad Elvis movies often make the tastiest cinema treats
4 January 1999 | by pooch-8See all my reviews

Here is an Elvis picture with something for everyone: The King appearing in a dual role as a soldier and a hillbilly, exciting fist-fights, surrealistically phony mountain and forest studio sets, hapless choreography, and gorgeous Yvonne Craig as one of the backwoods spitfires who tries to capture E's heart. The film's true value, however, is that is accomplishes the touchstone of any Presley flick worth its salt -- it contains a scene in which Elvis takes a pratfall into a body of water. In one song, E croons, "Life's a playful puppy/You can grab by the scruff/And if you live every sec, what the heck?/Once is enough." My thoughts exactly.


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