"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






Just imagine - Elvis at 70:

White suede shoes. Heartbreak hospital. A little more conversation, a little less action. OK, enough funny. It didn't happen. Elvis Presley died unexpectedly in 1977 at age 42.

So he isn't turning 70 next Saturday the way he should have. But he remains forever young (relatively) and hot (in his younger years anyhow) on film. Examples? Here comes a birthday onslaught next weekend.

Elvis even makes a rare appearance on free TV, when the Pax network gives us a celebratory airing of his 1967 musical romp, "Clambake" (Friday, 9 p.m., WPXN/31), co-starring Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby and Shelley Fabares.

Turner Classic Movies hauls out three Elvis faves in next Saturday's screenings of "Jailhouse Rock" (2 p.m.), "Kid Galahad" (4 p.m.) and "Viva Las Vegas" (6 p.m.). The Biography Channel airs Saturday profiles of wife Priscilla Presley (3 p.m.), record producer Sam Phillips (4-6 p.m.) and onetime fiancee, June Juanico (6 p.m.).

But it's AMC that really goes all out, filling next weekend with eight films repeated at various times; the first airings are: "Roustabout" (Saturday, noon), "Fun in Acapulco" (Saturday, 2 p.m.), "Easy Come, Easy Go" (Saturday, 4 p.m.), "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" (Saturday, 6 p.m.), "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (Saturday, 8 p.m.), "G.I. Blues" (Saturday, 10 p.m.), "King Creole" (Sunday, 4 a.m.), "Blue Hawaii" (Sunday, 8 p.m.). AMC even filmed location vignettes at Elvis' Graceland home in Memphis and his childhood home in Tupelo, Miss., and talked with people who worked with him. Those clips air during breaks.

(News, Source: Diane Werts,Newsday.com)












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