Elvis Collection (Warner Bros)
hard to imagine a pop or rock ’n’ roll star today cranking
out the type and sheer quantity of friendly, formulaic
fluff flicks that Elvis Presley did while also remaining
at the top of his or her game musically.
a testament, I suppose, to the fact that back in the
days of the King, there weren’t quite the mechanisms
for media saturation that there are today, meaning that
fans who wanted more, more, more of their original American
idol would be more than happy to snarf up a “quickie”
movie or three a year, all the while hoping for another
shot of Jailhouse Rock.
they’re of varying quality, this latest barrage of Elvis titles,
collecting six Presley films from the 1960s, will set diehard
fans screaming all a-new.
each title is released individually, the collection includes:
It Happened at the World’s Fair
Trouble With Girls (And How to Get Into It).
It Happened at the World’s Fair finds Presley cast
as a dashing pilot-for-hire, and includes 10 original songs
and an appearance by a young Kurt Russell.
is probably the best of the bunch, mixing music, racecar driving
and crisp, funny dialogue from writers Theodore Flicker and
Elvis-as-racecar-driver musical, Speedway co-stars
Nancy Sinatra, Gale Gordon and Carl Ballantine, and benefits
from their collective comedic presence.
Trouble casts the King as a rocker who becomes the object
of affection for an underage heiress (Annette Day); a mish-mash
of many different styles and tones, it plays like a bad, lost
Scarum, meanwhile, places notoriously among the lesser
Elvis efforts, casting him as a rocker touring the Middle
East to promote his new movie, an Arabian swashbuckler. Let’s
see this remade today with Justin Timberlake, right?
Taylor, Entertainment Today)