Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Gary Pig Gold: FLAMING STAR In honor of The King and what could have been – what should have been – his 87th (!!) Birthday



In honor of The King and what could have been – what should have been – his 87th (!!) Birthday this month, may I suggest one and all hook to your platform of choice to immediately watch Any or All of…

Gary Pig Gold's Top Ten Elvis Movies

1. THAT'S THE WAY IT IS  (dir. Denis Sanders, 1970)
     The even bigger Comeback Special!

 2. KING CREOLE  (dir. Michael Curtiz, 1958)
     In which our hero was undoubtedly very well on his way to
     establishing a bright, promising, positively fulfilling big-screen
     career ...until, that is,
the U.S. Army (among other things) forever
     derailed things.  

 3. JAILHOUSE ROCK  (dir. Richard Thorpe, 1957)
No, of course Elvis didn't "invent" rock 'n' roll. But he did invent
     what it was to be a rock and roll STAR.
 And his choreography for
     the title track alone absolutely led 
directly towards MTV ...though,
 the saying goes, please don't hold that against him. 

 4. ELVIS ON TOUR  (dir. Robert Abel, Pierre Adidge, 1972)
     If only for a certain hunka hunka shockingly "
candid" footage
     from the back of a limo ...which I believe ended up in that
     posthumous This Is Elvis doc instead.  

 5. VIVA LAS VEGAS  (dir. George Sidney, 1964)
     But! Am I the only cinéast out there who firmly believes Donna
     "Elly May" Douglas played a 
much luckier leading Elvis lady in 
Frankie and Johnny than Ms. Olsson ever did in Vegas ??

 6. GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!  (dir. Norman Taurog, 1962)
     Although it also delivered "Return to Sender," for some reason it's
     one of these girls' wholly Fellini-worthy
"The Walls Have Ears"
     scene I keep rewinding back to.

 7. EASY COME, EASY GO  (dir. John Rich, 1967)
     Similarly, the "Yoga Is As Yoga Does" sequence remains as
     utterly eye- and ear-boggling today as it must have played during
     that otherwise supple
Summer of Love

 8. FUN IN ACAPULCO  (dir. Richard Thorpe, 1963)
     This particular patently-packaged "Elvis travelogue" (as most of
     his subsequent films would soon be
 categorized) I hold in a purely
     sentimental soft spot as, double-billed with 
Follow That Dream   
     or was it Annette in Beach Party
– my Cub Scout pack was
     marched to
the neighborhood B-movie palace to view as a
     Christmas present late in '63. 

 9. PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE  (dir. Michael D. Moore, 1966)   
     Featuring [sic?] that bit with E.P. trying to pilot a helicopter
     whilst feeding Bowser 
Biscuits™ to a herd of baying pooches
     ...and Julie Parrish. Unless I'm imagining things. Hopefully
     though, this wasn't the day 
Herman's Hermits, of all people,
     visited the set.

10. DOUBLE TROUBLE  (dir., you guessed it, Norman Taurog, 1967)
      No, this isn't the one displaying twin Elvii courtesy of the miracle
      of split screen (and blonde wigs). That's Kissin' Cousins. But
      D.T. does contain Elvis' appropriately back-o-the-poultry-truck
      rendition of "Old MacDonald Had A Farm," one of the stand-out
      tracks on a favorite
bootleg which decorum prevents me from ever
      repeating the name of here.  


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