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Elvis: The Comeback Special (1968)

After making movies for many years, Elvis Presley makes a comeback tour in 1968.


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Credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buddy Arett Buddy Arett ... Himself
Barbara Burgess Barbara Burgess ... Girl with 'Big Boss Man'
D.J. Fontana ... Himself (drummer)
Alan Fortas Alan Fortas ... Himself
Susan Henning ... Blonde Girl
Charlie Hodge Charlie Hodge ... Himself (guitarist)
Fanita James Fanita James ... Herself (Blossoms)
Jean King Jean King ... Herself (Blossoms)
Lance LeGault ... Himself
Tanya Lemani ... Belly Dancer
Darlene Love ... Herself (Blossoms)
Scotty Moore ... Himself (guitarist)
Christopher Riordan Christopher Riordan ... Dancer
Jaime Rogers Jaime Rogers ... Himself


After making movies for many years, Elvis Presley makes a comeback tour in 1968.

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Elvis: '68 Comeback


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Release Date:

3 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis' '68 Comeback Special See more »

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Did You Know?


In the summer of 1969 when NBC reran the special, "Tiger Man" was added to replace "Blue Christmas". See more »


Elvis Presley: [joking while reading a script] It says here "Elvis, we're to film you from the waist up. You are not to touch hands with body... uh, I mean body with hands."
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Alternate Versions

Many different edits of this special have been released to TV and video over the years. Some of these versions have their own IMDb entries under different titles. Among the more notable versions:
  • The original broadcast did not include the bordello musical number "Let Yourself Go" which was edited out at the last minute. It was subsequently restored in later video and TV versions, including the 2004 DVD release.
  • When NBC rebroadcast the special in 1969, it replaced the performance of "Blue Christmas" with "Tiger Man." Some versions of the special released later include both songs. The 2004 DVD version only has Blue Christmas.
  • Two full-hour "sit-down" concerts and two shorter "stand-up" concerts were videotaped for use in the special. The full version of the first sit-down concert was released separately to video and TV in the 1980s as _Elvis: One Night with You (1984) (TV)_. The other 3 concerts were released to video for the first time as bonus material on the 2004 DVD release.
  • Many alternate takes, false starts, bloopers, practical jokes, and run-throughs taped during shooting of the various production numbers have been included in their unedited entirely on the 2004 DVD release. The DVD also includes an alternate version of the special's closing credits without text, unedited footage of a promotional spot shot on the set, and a newly-edited music video of "If I Can Dream" created from some of the previously unseen footage.
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Trying To Get To You
Written by Rose Marie McCoy and Charlie Singleton
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it's great. You also can see....
4 October 2002 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

.....his longtime double Lance LeGault using a tambourine at the edge of the 'pit concert'; he was his Stand-in during Elvis' Hollywood career. LeGault was a familiar 80's TV face, as the baddie 'the A Team', 'Air Wolf', played a navy guy in 'Magnum', etc.

This whole special of course is great and what Elvis Shoulda been doing instead of 'Clambake'/'Speedway'/'Charro' type crap. Def. his best.

**** outta ****. You can also get longer versions of his stage and pit in the round concerts segments too...

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