Saturday, November 9, 2013

King Creole / Wild In The Country DVD Review


King Creole is a 1958 American film directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal B. Wallis. The story was adapted from the Harold Robbins novel, “A Stone For Danny Fisher”. It also stars Walter Matthau and Carolyn Jones.

The story centers around young Danny Fisher and his troubled life in the heart of New Orleans. He gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and a gangsters lady.

One of the better Elvis movies. He was young, about to enter the U.S. Army, he was raw as far as his acting was concerned, but dynamic all the same. It helps that he has a solid cast around him as I may have mentioned before, Elvis always did better when the talent around him pushed him.

As for the song selection in this film, love it! And with that being said, I give it a solid 8 stars. One of my favorites in my collection. I watch it about twice a year. 



 Also starring Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins, and Hope Lange.

Elvis stars as Glenn Talbot, a country boy with a problem temper and a yen for literary greatness in this typical Presley vehicle directed by Philip Dunne. After Glenn is sent packing by his father for mixing it up one too many times with his brother, the court makes him a ward of his uncle. His inner turmoil leads him into therapy with the older and very attractive Irene (Hope Lange), a patient-doctor relationship that is misconstrued by their small town. The two spend a platonic night in the same room in a motel, but no one is believing it was innocent. Glenn's romantic interests include Noreen (Tuesday Weld), with whom he shares a drink or two or more, and a song, and Betty Lee (Millie Perkins). Between the singing and carousing and fist fights, it still looks like a happy resolution looms large on the horizon.

If you were going to try just one Elvis movie, this would be a good one to go with. I give it 8 stars. 



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