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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (30 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557838585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557838582
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<strong>Paul Simpson</strong> (Shepperton, UK) is the author of <em>The Rough Guide to Elvis, 397 Ways to Pick a Movie</em>, and <em>The Rough Guide to Westerns</em>. Simpson was the launch editor of soccer magazine <em>FourFourTwo</em>. He has edited magazines about design, management, and popular science. He now edits <em>Champions</em>, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League. This is his 14th book and, after the publication of his first Elvis book, was described as a “masterly analyst” by the <em>Washington Post</em>.

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FANTASTIC......THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW BOOKS OUT OVER THE YEARS ABOUT THIS SADLY OVERLOOKED PERIOD OF ELVIS' CAREER,MOST OF THEM TELL YOU NOTHING YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW.THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN BY SOMEONE WHO IS OBVIOUSLY A FAN BUT THAT DOESN'T STOP HIM FROM TELLING IT THE WAY IT IS.YES ELVIS DID MAKE SOME MEDIOCRE MOVIES (HARUM SCARUM) BUT ALSO MADE SOME CLASSICS (KING CREOLE) THIS BOOK GIVES YOU AN INSIGHT INTO THE MOVIE MAKING PROCESS,THE SONGWRITING PROCESS,THE CO-STARS,THE DIRECTORS AND MUCH MUCH MORE.I BOUGHT IT TWO MONTHS AGO AND HAVE NOT PUT IT DOWN SINCE.BUY IT YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
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The subtitle, 'All that's left to know about the King of rock 'n' roll in Hollywood' is a pretty grand claim to make, but having read Paul Simpson's informative tome, it's by no means inaccurate. Offering an unbiased take on the King's movies, Simpson manages to make even stinkers such as Double Trouble interesting thanks to great trivia and facts. Examining Elvis' movies from every angle - directors, Elvis' thespian talents, Colonel Parker's influence, music, women - I found something new about Elvis on every page. A really great read and at times laugh at loud funny.
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It's a great book and give a good overside of Elvis' movies, that included also a lot of interesting facts.
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Most excellent book, full of accurate facts. Such a change from the "Memphis Mafia" self-agrandisement efforts. An intelligent read; even long time fans will actually find some new information here – a good buy.
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my kinda book 9 Mar. 2014
By Phil S. - Published on Amazon.com
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detailed and fun review...loaded with fun film facts! i.e. that Elvis actually *liked* ROUSTABOUT and WILD IN THE COUNTRY. that GIRL HAPPY made a lot of money (I still can't look at Elvis & Shelley portraying 20 year olds).

author can write, man....damm, I'm jealous about his command of this subject ...but he neeeds to read my reviews of KISSIN' COUSINS and TICKLE ME to realize they look really good today and had alot goin' fer 'em.

we also are treated to some very interesting behind the scenes details about the co-stars' experiences, where they are today; directors', writers'. opinion son Elvis acting abilities and what coulda-shoulda. mostly new to me, a fan since 1964. an especially interesting section covers how the two guys generally thought toe out for $$$$ only, Hal Wallis, and Colonel Parker, actually *were* concerned about the decline in *not only* the bottom line..but the screenplay "lines".

less keen are the usual Q & As, commonly available, if you like staying up to 2:45am and hanging on the net, to learn if Elvis' real life doggie was featured in LIVE A LITTLE, LOVE A LITTLE.

highly recommended.
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Some fun trivia on Elvis's movies 12 April 2014
By Boomer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a fun read on Elvis's movies, which have often been maligned much more harshly than many of them deserved. There's no question Elvis had his share of bad movies but it's unfair to say they were all bad. Simpson's book covers the good and the bad, sheds some light on a possible reason actress why Stella Stevens did not get along with Elvis, and reveals at least one other actress, Marianna Hill, who also loathed working with Elvis, and who apparently viewed working with the King as being beneath someone of her stature. Not that she ever had any room to complain as an A-list actress she was not. Not even a B-list actress. Just someone who was perhaps full of herself, much like Stevens, though Stevens as an actress was several notches above Hill. The book also depicts producer Hall Wallis's role in perhaps being Col. Parker's partner in crime in keeping the better roles away from Elvis. Not every actor, writer and director agreed on Elvis's acting talent but Elvis had his supporters too including Walter Matthau, John Rich and Tennessee Williams. The songwriting and music publishing are examined, which is where the real damage was done to Elvis's career as Parker chased away all of the songwriters and left Elvis with a group of lesser talented songwriters. Although to be fair, the problem wasn't the songwriters supplying Elvis with inferior songs. It was Parker wanting as much of the songwriter's penny as he could get. Why bother writing a song of quality that could possibly make millions more than what they did sell because good ol Col. "Greed" Parker who already had the penny on the publishing, wanted the songwriting royalty too? I really considered many of Elvis's movie songwriters to be hacks because they relied on songs that were in the public domain. But, when you consider the work and sweat that goes into writing hit songs and Parker trying to take as much of their money as he could get, you can't really blame the songwriters over not wanting to put too much effort in. Still, many of the songwriters did make some efforts to supply Elvis with good songs.

But, the book does have some faults: credits the movie studio and production team that produced "Clambake" on producing "Easy Come, Easy Go," one of Elvis's worst movie (along with "Clambake"), makes a minor harp on the age of Elvis's character in "Clambake" to Elvis's real age (27 vs 32) - there's no rule a character in a fictional movie has to be the same age as the actor playing him or her. If you're going to nitpick over five years, which isn't that much of an age difference, what do you do when you come across an actor or actress with a real age difference between their real age and the character they play? Like 33 year old Barbra Streisand playing 20ish in the remake of "A Star Is Born." Streisand was only five years younger than Kristofferson and yet she was supposed to be the young, up and coming superstar in love with washed up and old Kristofferson. Streisand was stretching and she wasn't believeable. I, for one, am glad Elvis didn't make that movie with her.

What I would like to have seen in the book was more info on the behind the scenes, deleted scenes, a where are they now on Elvis's costars, living and deceased - information about them before and after Elvis and how they felt about working with Elvis. But, maybe another book will come along about that. But, this book is worth your time and money for what is in there and it's an easy read. Buy it and then rewatch most of Elvis's movies. There's not that many that are unwatchable.
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Great for Elvis and movie fans. 28 Feb. 2014
By Paul Kyriazi - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though I've seen all of Elvis' movies many times and read book on them, every page of this book has new info and points-of-view. My big surprise was that after the author goes through all 33 of the King's movies, giving fun facts and behind the scenes information, the book is only have over. From there it kicks into a higher gear giving more detailed information on directors, co-stars, writers, the music and more. I was actually sorry when the long book was over.

I like how the writer points out many scenes from Elvis' movies that sparkle on their own, be it a co-stars performance when being sung to, like Joan Blackman when Elvis sings 'Home is Where the Heart Is', or the love scene between Elvis and Hope Lange in 'Wild in the Country'. When these scenes are pointed out, I know right away what he's talking about, but never thought about the reason for it until the writer goes into the reason.

It's great to know, as the writer pointed out, that there are some die-hard fans of 'Tickle Me', as I am. However, I guess I'm the only one on the planet that has 'Stay, Away Joe' as his all-time favorite movie, not Elvis movie, but movie. Just like the writer points out that Stephen Spielberg told Teri Garr that 'Viva Las Vegas' was his all time favorite movie.

Okay, I'll let the writer tell you the rest. If you a fan of any Elvis more, or his songs, or of Elvis, get this book because there is enough behind the movie and the music recording scenes to make all fans happy.
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The best book about Elvis movies 26 Jan. 2014
By King Ghidorah - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy and fun to read, very well researched. I like the fact that the author has done his own homework rather than relying on the standard observations. For example, he points out that "The Trouble with Girls" is a very under-appreciated film. I completely agree.

One thing to keep in mind; you don't necessarily have to be an Elvis fan to enjoy the book. If you're an all-around movie fan you'll encounter all sorts of interesting factoids and side-stories pertaining to other films and stars of that era (50's thorugh 70's).
An Absolutely Terrific Book on the Films of Elvis Presley. 7 Sept. 2014
By Gary P. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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Every few years I like to read a new book about the King of Rock and Roll. I read this book this summer and it has become one of my favorites. This book focuses on the films of Elvis Presley. I saw Love Me Tender in the movies when I was about six or seven years old. I saw the majority of his films in the theater. ( I had the pleasure of seeing Elvis in concert during his Sunday afternoon performance at Madison Square Garden.) I agree with the author that Elvis really didn't make a truly good film after Viva Las Vegas and Roustabout in 1964. Not that the author doesn't have some positive things to say about most of his films, the only films he seems to really dislike are Kissin Cousins, Harem Scarum, Paradise Hawaiian Style and Easy Come, Easy Go. (I gave up on the King's films after Clambake, I think. I have never been able to bring myself to see Kissin Cousins or Easy Come, Easy Go. I remember when the latter was released, it was at the bottom half of a double-feature. That is when I really knew Elvis' films were finished.)
The thing I really like about this book is that there are sections devoted to just about everything concerning Elvis' films: his female co-stars, the directors, the writers, the song writers, the music, his most famous producer Hal Wallis, etc. etc. (One curious thing about this book is that since the author is British, he refers to several films by their British titles. For instance, when talking about Walter Matthau, Elvis' co-star in King Creole, he mentions Matthau won an Oscar for something called Meet Whiplash Willie, despite the fact that the American title for this film was The Fortune Cookie.)
I always felt that the King could have been a fine actor based on his performances in King Creole before his army service and Flaming Star and Wild in the Country afterward. However since those films were financial disappointments, his manager Colonel Tom Parker insisted on silly travelogue films after the massive success of the mediocre Blue Hawaii. Only the Hawaiian films and Viva Las Vegas were done on location, the rest on Hollywood backlots (since Colonel Parker was an illegal alien and could not get a passport to leave the country.)
I've always felt that had the King been allowed to make quality films in conjunction with a reasonable amount of concert touring, he would have been satisfied and not drowned himself in the various prescription medications that hastened his demise. Anyway, we'll never know.
What I do know is that I liked the King's early films and several of the others including Flaming Star, Follow that Dream,It Happened at the World's Fair, even the silly but entertaining Tickle Me. And, as stated I liked Roustabout a lot (the author seems to really like it also,) and consider Viva Las Vegas a classic entertainment.
I greatly enjoyed this book, the amount of material the author provides on Elvis' films, their music, etc. is immense. It is an absolutely relaxing and enjoyable for the Elvis fan.
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