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Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) Poster

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Elvis Presley: If the songs don't go over, we can do a medley of costumes.

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[Elvis is rehearsing the song Little Sister when he is shocked by the microphone]

Elvis Presley: [off mic] Son of a bitch.

[Elvis continues singing and is shocked again]

Elvis Presley: Shocked the hell out of me.

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Elvis Presley: "I Can't Help Believin'." I need the words. I don't know the words. I think somebody ate 'em last night, man.

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Elvis Presley: Uh, and the title song to the movie went like this.

[James Burton plays "Love Me Tender."]

Elvis Presley: [Elvis Presley stops it] That's how it went. Just right downhill, boy.

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Elvis Presley: Uh, B.J. Thomas has out a new record. Oh, B.J. Thomas has out a new record. And, uh, I don't particularly like it.

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Elvis Presley: [to the audience] What are you lookin' at back there?

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Elvis Presley: I... uh, I need another pair of pants.

Charlie Hodge: You didn't? Ha ha ha...

Elvis Presley: I busted the seat outta my pants, man.

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Elvis Presley: [reading postcards] My God My God why hast thou forsaken me? Signed The Pope.

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Elvis Presley: You know, I first started in this business, I was a little, bitty guy with a shaky leg. So, Ed sullivan saw me and said, "Mmm, son of a bitch." Anyway, they put me on TV and filmed me from the waist up. You know, I'm goin'...

[shakes the waist up]

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Elvis Presley: What are you laughin' at, man? This is my first guitar, I was little. I told you. Little bitty cat tryin' to get people to listen to me.

[cute voice:]

Elvis Presley: 'Ya'll, listen to me. I'm good. I'm good.' They said, 'Not with that voice, you ain't.' Anyway..."Dorie Adora, Dorie Adore, who dat was wid you on da floor." Oh, Lord, have mercy.

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Elvis Presley: So, uh, these are the same guys that I use all time. My rhythm group. These are my backbone of my whole show.

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Elvis Presley: As you can tell, we don't know this song. We haven't rehearsed it. We're just fooling around.

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Elvis Presley: [the microphone drips]

[off mic:]

Elvis Presley: ... any way you wanna, wanna do. Well, that's all right now, mama. Any way you wanna, wanna do. This one just gave up, did't it?

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Elvis Presley: Kill that blower, or blow that killer. Whatever.

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Elvis Presley: This next one you sing on your knee like this- like a fool- it's a very tender love song; it's a ballad. You get up real close to a girl, right in her face and you say

[yells]

Elvis Presley: Youah...

[audience laughs]

Elvis Presley: It blows their hair straight back, man.

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Elvis Presley: [During his show - kissing his female fans] Sure, hi! Do you want to get serious?

Female Fan: Yes!

Elvis Presley: Or, just play a little bit?

[Gives her a long kiss]

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Elvis Presley: Good morning Hollywood Cameras.

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Elvis Presley: [Improvised singing during rehearsal of "Love Me"] Darling I'll be, oh, so horny; begging on my knees, all I ask is please, please love me; oh, yeah...

[falls off his chair in laughter]

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Elvis Presley: [During rehearsals] Where's the Director? Oh, there he is, over there. Do you want me to let you know when we're going to do that, eh, what cha call it? "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me." We're not going to do that now.

[Smiles]

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Elvis Presley: [During rehearsal of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"] "Sail on silver girl, sail on by; your time has come to shine, all dreams are on there way." Hold it. Hold it. Right, right. I don't like the harmony part when it, when it switches there. That just sounds - eh - yeah - when it switches it sounds like some guy that's just lost right here. Which, you know, is the way it is. But, we don't have to emphasize it.

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Elvis Presley: [During rehearsals] We could do a yodel? I-de-yo-lodel-lodel-lodel-lodel-lodel...

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Elvis Presley: [During rehearsals - sparing with members of Elvis's entourage - the "Memphis Mafia"] You can't use those words, man. They'll, they'll cut it right out. They'll cut it out. They'll put an X-rating right across your big mouth, man. Mouth, I said. See, that shows how you think. I wouldn't say that. You see, they'll cut that out. They won't leave it in. You can't say big ass on this film.

[laughs]

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Elvis Presley: [Reading telegrams before his show] Here's hoping you have a very successful opening. That you break both legs. Tom Jones.

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Elvis Presley: [Reading telegrams before his show] Best wishes for a continuing successful Vegas show. Hope you get a raise in the next six months. Joe Esposito.

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Elvis Presley: [Backstage before his show] It starts to get tense about this time.

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Elvis Presley: [Backstage before his show] I just hope I don't forget the words to, eh, "I Just Can't Help Believin'", man. I hope I don't forget the words. "I just can't help believin', when she's lying close beside me, and my heart beats with the rhythm of her sighs." If I get through the first one, I've got it, I've got it made, man.

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Elvis Presley: [During his show] Anyway, M-G-M is doing a movie, here, called, eh, "Elvis Loses His Excess". "Shakes His Excess Off" or whatever it is, man. So, don't let these cameras throw you.

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Elvis Presley: [During his show] Give me an E or a G or an F or a D or a B fat minor plus 1. I don't know what I'm talkin' about...

[Begins singing "Heartbreak Hotel"]

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Elvis Presley: [to his band during his show] You about ready? I'm not. I'm not.

[Smiles]

Elvis Presley: Okay.

[Breaks into "I Can't Stop Loving You"]

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Elvis Presley: [Backstage - after the show] How are you doin' man? Nice to see you.

Cary Grant, Himself: Fantastic! You were *on* tonight!

Elvis Presley: I almost was off. I was a little too nervous at first.

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Elvis Presley: [Backstage - after the show] It was a sweaty show, I'll tell you for sure.

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Sammy Davis, Jr., Himself: [Talking to Elvis, backstage, after the show] You started to rev up and never stopped.

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