imagine - Elvis at 70:
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.