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A Five Star Classic
on 4 December 2007
Elvis's performance in `King Creole', and his later turn in the more sombre `Flaming Star', is more than good enough to debunk the myth that he was an inherently unconvincing actor. On the contrary, he had the potential to be a bona fide Hollywood heavyweight but a combination of factors (eg, rapacious management, market forces) ultimately confined him to trashy musicals. King Creole is dated now, but Elvis is superb in it - charismatic, urgent, sympathetic and confident in a gritty story line relocated from New York to New Orleans to take account of the star's southern accent. The songs are mostly contrived Louisiana parodies but are witty and fun, and are interpreted with utter audacity by the King. One tune after the other emerges as classic Presley. A wonderful document of how great Elvis was at the height of his powers.