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Elvis '56 (1987)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | TV Movie 1987
The story of how Elvis Presley went from being just a somewhat naive rock singer to world-famous--and world-weary--superstar in just the space of one year, 1956.
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Credited cast:
Levon Helm ... Himself / Narrator
Elvis Presley ... (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Allen ... (archive footage)
Milton Berle ... (archive footage)
Bill Black Bill Black ... (archive footage)
D.J. Fontana ... (archive footage)
Hugh Jarrett Hugh Jarrett ... Jordanaires
The Jordanaires The Jordanaires ... (archive footage)
Liberace ... Himself (archive footage)
Scotty Moore ... (archive footage)
Tom Parker Tom Parker ... (archive footage) (as Colonel Tom Parker)


The story of how Elvis Presley went from being just a somewhat naive rock singer to world-famous--and world-weary--superstar in just the space of one year, 1956.

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1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis '56: In the Beginning See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Features The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »


My Way
(Comme d'Habitude)
Music by Claude François and Jacques Revaux
French lyrics by Gilles Thibaut
English lyrics by Paul Anka
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Tremendous documentary. A must see for lovers of rock 'n' roll!
16 August 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

1956 is the year that a 21 year old truck driver exploded upon the music scene and began his legacy. This documentary follows Elvis Presley through a very busy year of accomplishment. Two days after his 21st birthday, Elvis has his first recording session for RCA Victor. The session produced his first million seller "Heartbreak Hotel". We see Elvis on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. And then comes other TV appearances; The Milton Berle Show, The Steve Allen Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. After performing a very sensual "Hound Dog" on the Berle Show, Allen then has Elvis dress in a tux to sing a tame version to an actual basset hound. On Elvis' final Sullivan Show, he was shown only from the waist up to please censors.

The editing of still shots mixed with filmed footage is superb. And the music itself can tell the story of that magical year that we were introduced to "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog", "Long Tall Sally", "I Got a Woman", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Ready Teddy" and the title song from Elvis' first movie "Love Me Tender".

Even non Presley fans have to be impressed with this documentary. And to think this is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest as they say is history. Quoting the late John Lennon, 'Before Elvis there was nothing'.

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