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Girl Happy (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 14 April 1965 (USA)
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A Chicago mobster hires a rock and roll singer and his band to keep an eye on his daughter during Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Director:

Boris Sagal
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Rusty Wells
Shelley Fabares ... Valerie
Harold J. Stone ... Big Frank
Gary Crosby ... Andy
Joby Baker ... Wilbur
Nita Talbot ... Sunny Daze
Mary Ann Mobley ... Deena
Fabrizio Mioni ... Romano
Jimmy Hawkins ... Doc
Jackie Coogan ... Sgt. Benson
Peter Brooks ... Brentwood Von Durgenfeld
John Fiedler ... Mr. Penchill
Chris Noel ... Betsy
Lyn Edgington Lyn Edgington ... Laurie
Gail Gilmore Gail Gilmore ... Nancy (as Gale Gilmore)
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Elvis Presley is in fine form as singer Rusty Wells, who is hired by Big Frank to watch over his daughter, Val, while on her first girly holiday. Much mayhem ensues when heart throb Romano tries his luck with the hapless girl, and Elvis et all have to intervene. Written by Paul Batey <pbatey@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au>

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Over his head in LOVE, GIRLS, SONGS and LAUGHS! See more »


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Trivia

When released on VHS in the 1990s, the musical number "Starting Tonight" was cut out of print. It has since been reinserted into the film as of 2007. See more »

Goofs

When Elvis walks back Shelly from the 'Do the Clam' dance on the beach, she is barefoot (and not carrying anything): next scene shot is of them coming into the hotel pool area, she's back to wearing her white high heeled shoes (she had them before starting the 'Clam' dance on the sand) See more »

Quotes

Andy: Oh boy, that Big Frank really threw us a curve!
Doc: [Leering at the bikini-clad Valerie] Yeah: a whole bunch of curves! How are we going to keep guys away from that?
Wilbur: Impossible! That's like trying to hide Disneyland!
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Connections

Featured in Elvis in the Movies (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Startin' Tonight
(uncredited)
Written by Lenore Rosenblatt and Victor Millrose
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis in Hollywood
16 August 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Nightclub singer Elvis Presley (as Rusty Wells) is hired to chaperone sexy Shelley Fabares (as Valerie Frank), with predictable results... While it was not strong enough to have be trumpeted as a significant improvement at the time, "Girl Happy" is a cut above the (then) average Presley movie. Most importantly, director Boris Sagal, along with the writing team of Harvey Bullock and R.S. Allen, effectively make more of a situation comedy with Elvis music, than the more often used, and vacuously plotted, "Elvis travelogue" with tunes. The comedy is well-paced, nicely played, and includes some genuinely funny moments.

Ms. Fabares' innocent sexuality compliments Presley, and they play very well on screen together. Fabares was understandably invited to co-star in additional Presley movies (with mixed results, due to weakening material). Also very good are Elvis frantic band-mates Jimmy Hawkins (as Doc), Gary Crosby (Andy), and Joby Baker (Wilbur). Fabares and Mr. Hawkins had been a cute teenage couple on "The Donna Reed Show". Mr. Crosby was one of Bing's sons (which turned out to be less fortunate than you'd think). And, Mr. Baker was in a regrettably short-lived Dick Van Dyke-type comedy called "Good Morning World".

MGM wisely used RCA's soundtrack studio record takes for "Girl Happy" (for the most part). In the past, there were sometimes completely separate versions for film and record, with the lamer versions making the film. Presley recorded the "Girl Happy" songs in June 1964; in hindsight, these and the just completed "Roustabout" were the last gasp of Presley as a dependable pop soundtrack singer. Critics weren't enthusiastic about his 1960s film songs, but there were scattered gems throughout. Nothing herein approaches "Return to Sender", but there are no real dogs, either.

The speeded-up vocals evident on "Girl Happy" were not uncommon; recording stars and record companies routinely speeded-up recordings. In the 1960s, many radio stations speeded up every record they played; this way, they could play more records, and get in more commercials. Many old TV shows are speeded-up, also… but, back to Presley: His next film, "Tickle Me", featured no newly recorded soundtrack songs. After a long period of inactivity, he recorded "Harum Sacrum", the first wholly substandard soundtrack of his career. That was followed by "Frankie and Johnny". So, dig right in and "Do the Clam".

****** Girl Happy (3/27/65) Boris Sagal ~ Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Jimmy Hawkins, Gary Crosby


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$7,085,000
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Euterpe See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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