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Kid Galahad [DVD]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"Kid Galahad" has always been one of Elvis Presley's better movie efforts from the early sixties, with a good plot, a strong supporting cast (including Gig Young, Charles Bronson, Lola Albright, and Joan Blackman) and a handful of joyful songs.
It is presented here in its widescreen version, in an excellent transfer with especially vibrant colours surpassing all previous video and TV broadcast versions I have seen. There are some minor blemishes on the print but nothing serious. The soundtrack is in mono, yet is clear and free of distortion. Unfortunately, except for the film's theatrical trailer there are no extras included.
Anyone caring for an entertaining Elvis movie needn't hesitate.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2002
Kid Galahad is excellent; with the only flaw being the mix of songs with drama.
Although the music is generally very good, it does nothing for the film.
Elvis is excellent in the fight scenes, with his karate skills put to good use; especially in the fight montage as he builds up to the big fight.
Co-starring Gig Young and Charles Bronson in a role just after The Magnificent 7 and The Great Escape. Bronson is great as usually, a great scene where gangsters bust his hands is a standout.
Kid Galahad is a great film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kid Galahad is directed by Phil Karlson and written by Francis Wallace and William Fay. It stars Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman and Charles Bronson. Music is by Jeff Alexander and cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

Out of the Amy, Walter Gulick (Presley) heads to his home town of Cream Valley looking for work as a mechanic. Unable to find employment in that field, Walter stumbles upon Willy Grogan's (Young) boxing operation and accepts an offer to spar with one of the fighters for five dollars. Though raw and taking far too many punches, Walter shows himself to have some skill and a knock out punch that flaws the local fighter. This catches the eye of Willy who spies a chance to get himself out of the debt he is in. With romance also in the air, in the form of Willy's sister Rose (Blackman), Cream Valley is about to become a hive of activity; both good and bad!

A musical remake of the 1937 film that starred Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, Karlson's Kid Galahad is what it is, a star vehicle for Presley to sing some tunes, fight some guys and win the heart of some dusky beauty. However, in the context of Presley's 60s movie output this is a good one. It has a strong support cast, a more than capable director and a superb cinematographer bringing out the beauty of Idyllwild, California. The King is not in the best of shape, the songs are disposable (with the exception of I Got Lucky) and the finale has a gigantic loose end that annoys greatly. But the songs don't dominate the story, Presley is playing a normal and decent guy and there's a genuine feeling of warmth about the whole thing (though Bronson and Presley didn't see eye to eye apparently).

Safe, enjoyable and looking terrific visually, Kid Galahad is a more than adequate time waster for Presley film seekers. 7/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2003
I wasn't sure what to expect of this - I hadn't seen the original. I was really quite surprised that this was as good as it was. Elvis is look great, songs are a bit cheesy but, hey, it's an Elvis movie, it's what's expected! His acting is not bad and this has a great supporting cast. It's beautifully shot and really is quite enjoyable.
What a shame Elvis didn't get more of this kind of thing - instead he got Harum Scarum (but we won't go into that). If you're an Elvis fan, then you will thoroughly enjoy this - if you're not then give it a try - you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2011
This movie was made early in 1962 before Elvis had lost his enthusiasm and passion for making films and while he was still a guaranteed box-office success. He plays the part of an ex G.I. (nothing new there) who discovers a talent for boxing as well of course as singing.
The songs are good by Elvis film standards, the standout track being King Of The Whole Wide World and as there are only six numbers in the film there is room to develop the storyline.
The film was shot on location which does help it's overall look.
The supporting cast is good and he gets married all over again to the same girl that he had married in the closing scenes of Blue Hawaii.
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on 29 September 2013
Being an Elvis Fan,I love this film,but for a change,it is one movie that stands out on its own without the musical numbers,infact this wouldve benefited without the musical numbers as a movie in its own right.The boxing scenes are well staged and I cant help but feel where the scenes of boxing took a lot of choreography for dramtic effect,the wham bam you got a musical number does not do the movie justice,but,it "just" works and is enjoyable...love the musical numbers,but its a crackin little movie in its own right of a guy who just happens to return to his hometown penniless and to earn a few bucks goes into the local boxing acedemy as sparring partner and turns into a ONE PUNCH CHAMPION,Yes we,ve been here before with Elvis,be it Cars,Boats etc,but this is a little "belter"of a move,with Gig Young and Charles Bronson Taboot...
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on 30 April 2014
Excellent film (but then again,I love everything Elvis did even if he didn't!)

The item came in excellent condition in padded packaging and was a bargain. Why pay more when this item is perfectly fine?

RIP the King but long live cheap movies!
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on 20 January 2012
Accurate and fast delivery by Amazon. Elvis Presley stars as a boxer who can sing as well as win boxing matches, I do not think the girls will like seeing this as Elvis does get hit a few times before winning
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on 8 July 2013
excellent as usual this is my joint no 1 favourite elvis film the other favourite is king creole the music acting & storyline is excellent & captivating
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I have always loved this all though nt one his greatest fikm its one of my favourites. All I can say its Elvis what more is there to say.
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