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Girl Happy (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 14 April 1965 (USA)
A Chicago mobster hires a rock and roll singer and his band to keep an eye on his daughter during Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Boris Sagal
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Rusty Wells
Shelley Fabares ... Valerie
Harold J. Stone ... Big Frank
Gary Crosby ... Andy
Joby Baker ... Wilbur
Nita Talbot ... Sunny Daze
Mary Ann Mobley ... Deena
Fabrizio Mioni ... Romano
Jimmy Hawkins ... Doc
Jackie Coogan ... Sgt. Benson
Peter Brooks ... Brentwood Von Durgenfeld
John Fiedler ... Mr. Penchill
Chris Noel ... Betsy
Lyn Edgington Lyn Edgington ... Laurie
Gail Gilmore Gail Gilmore ... Nancy (as Gale Gilmore)
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Elvis Presley is in fine form as singer Rusty Wells, who is hired by Big Frank to watch over his daughter, Val, while on her first girly holiday. Much mayhem ensues when heart throb Romano tries his luck with the hapless girl, and Elvis et all have to intervene. Written by Paul Batey <pbatey@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au>

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Elvis jumps with the campus crowd to make the beach 'ball' bounce!!! See more »


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Trivia

When released on VHS in the 1990s, the musical number "Starting Tonight" was cut out of print. It has since been reinserted into the film as of 2007. See more »

Goofs

When Elvis is on the beach playing the intro to "Do the Clam," the sound is clearly from an electric guitar, but when Elvis is shown playing the guitar, it's a regular acoustic guitar, which sounds nothing like an electric. See more »

Quotes

Rusty Wells: All right I'll be fare with everyone. We'll have a draw.
Andy: A what?
Rusty Wells: A number draw. The loser stays here on duty and keeps an eye on Val. What number am I thinking? All of you pick a number between one and ten.
Andy: Seven.
Wilbur: Two.
Doc: Six.
Rusty Wells: I'll say ten. The number was six. Sorry Doc, you loose!
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Referenced in American Dreams: To Tell the Truth (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
(uncredited)
Written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis in Fort Lauderdale
28 June 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Elvis Presley and his band are "Girl Happy" in this 1965 film starring Shelley Fabares and featuring Gary Crosby, Mary Ann Mobley, Harold Stone, Nita Talbot, Joby Baker and Fabrizio Mioni. Presley and his band are hired by the club owner (Harold Stone) they work for to go to Fort Lauderdale and make sure that his daughter (Fabares) doesn't get into trouble. This often means cutting the romantic evenings of the band short, but Rusty (Elvis ends up combining business with pleasure.

This is pleasant enough Elvis fare. It's not the kind of movie he wanted to make, but thanks to Colonel Parker, we have a slew of them, part travelogue, part music video. Elvis looks great; the film has a lot of youthful energy and catches the spring break atmosphere. After the success of Ricky Nelson on television, TV stars had to sing, and Fabares is no exception, and she makes a darling costar for Elvis. (Her description during an interview of being told she had to sing by the producer of "The Donna Reed Show" is quite funny. She refused and was asked, "Do you want to do the show next year?") Former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley is the knockout Rusty tries to romance while on guard duty. Rusty's band, consisting of Crosby, Baker and Hawkins, do well in their roles as lascivious lads.

I wasn't as taken with the music as some on the board. It was nice, but I missed a big hit like "Return to Sender." Elvis wanted to leave a more important film legacy. I for one am grateful for any chance to see him perform.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl Happy See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,085,000
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Euterpe See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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