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Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 8 November 1957 (USA)
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After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Guy Trosper (screenplay), Nedrick Young (story) (as Ned Young)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Vince Everett
Judy Tyler Judy Tyler ... Peggy Van Alden
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Hunk Houghton
Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Shores
Jennifer Holden Jennifer Holden ... Sherry Wilson
Dean Jones ... Teddy Talbot
Anne Neyland ... Laury Jackson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norm Johnson Norm Johnson ... Dancer Jailhouse scene
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Storyline

Vince Everett is serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter. While in the big house, his cellmate, a former country singer, introduces him to the record business. Everett takes to it so well that he decides to become a singer when he gets out. However, he is quickly disillusioned by the record business. But with the help of a new friend, he decides to form his own label, and soon becomes an overnight sensation. But when he becomes a superstar, will his desire for fame and money cause him to forget the people who got him there? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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M-G-M Presents Elvis Presley - Rebel of Song See more »

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Drama | Music | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jailhouse Rock See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the listing of the American Film Institute's "100 years, 100 Songs", "Jailhouse Rock" was voted #21. See more »

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In several of the songs Elvis sings, his lips don't quite match the words in places. This is probably because he is lip-syncing to a a recording he made earlier. See more »

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One More Day
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Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Mickey Shaughnessy
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"Dancing To The Jail House Rock"
10 January 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For his third feature film Colonel Tom Parker over to MGM where they assigned a couple of very experienced hands behind the camera, producer Pandro S. Berman who among other folks he produced for was Fred Astaire and director Richard Thorpe. He was one of MGM's busiest craftsmen, who directed just about every MGM star during that studio's golden years. As he always did, Colonel Parker made sure that his star got the best possible support and he didn't fail him in Jailhouse Rock.

In Jailhouse Rock, Elvis plays a rather surly, ill tempered youth whose quick with his fists. A brawl in a bar and Elvis kills a guy with his fists. Granted the deceased was a lout, still the state does frown on that and Elvis got a term for manslaughter. While there, he shares a cell with old time country singer Mickey Shaughnessy.

Mickey helps Elvis survive prison and discovers he's got a voice. When he's released before Shaughnessy, Elvis goes out in search of a career and determined to let nothing stand in his way. He discovers the music business is a cutthroat one and he responds in kind. He gets his success, but it costs him the love and respect of all around him, including young record promoter Judy Tyler who develops a thing for the king.

Elvis has some good songs to sing with the title song being the biggest hit from this film. Jailhouse Rock is given a good MGM style production, worthy of anything you might have seen MGM give one of Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly's musicals. And the record of course is still selling good.

Mickey Shaughnessy appeared in a lot of good films in the Fifties, but usually playing cheerful oafs. This was one of the few times he had a serious part and he carries it off well.

I was disappointed that Judy Tyler did not get to display her musical talents. Elvis's is not the only tragic story from the cast of Jailhouse Rock. Young Judy Tyler with a brilliant career in front of her was killed shortly after completing this film with her husband in an automobile accident. I remember it well because she had been Princess SummerFallWinterSpring on the Howdy Doody Show a few years earlier. After leaving that she got good notices on Broadway in one of Rodgers&Hammerstein's lesser shows, Pipe Dream.

My guess is that Colonel Tom did not want anyone sharing musical time with Elvis so early in his career. Otherwise she might have gotten a number on her own and a duet with the king. Her musical talent would have been preserved in a hit film, but who could have known? Elvis would have to wait until Viva Las Vegas and Ann-Margret before he got a leading lady who could sing and dance to match him.

The plot of the film is similar to The Carpetbaggers so if you've seen that you know how this one comes out. Elvis does a fine acting job and singing, well he is the king.


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