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One of The Better Elvis Films,
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This review is from: Jailhouse Rock [DVD] (DVD)
I always believed that the early Elvis films were the best. He showed a raw edge and acting style which was similar to James Dean in those days. It is such a pity that his film career was ruined by making so many awful films in his later years, thanks to the idiotic manager of his Colonel Tom Parker who was more interested in his mega bucks than anything else.
Here, he plays a young singer Vince Edwards who is jailed for manslaughter after getting involved in a bar room brawl. During his months in prison, he learns a style of rock music from his mentor played by Mickey Shaughnessy. Upon his release, he meets by accident Peggy (Judy Tyler) who recognises his talent and sets him off onto the road to stardom. The rest, as they say, is history. Its a rather dated, but memorable look back at Elvis's early career. Includes some of his early hits such as 'Treat Me Nice'; I Wanna be Free' and of course the famous title song now recognised as one of the finest Rock and Roll songs of all time; 'Jailhouse Rock'.
Filmed in Widescreen, picture is clean and crisp with slight print damage in some scenes, although hardly noticeable. Sound is mono, but is good on a Home Cinema System which is switched to Stereo Only. Supplemented by a trailer and subtitles for the hard of hearing.
It should be added too that like James Dean who died shortly in a car crash after completing his scenes in Giant; Judy Tyler was unfortunately to suffer the same tragic fate as Dean, herself being killed in a car crash soon after she completed her scenes. So this is a tribute in her memory.