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King Creole [DVD] 
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The mob tries to lure Elvis, a popular New Orleans singer, into their dangerous circle. Elvis gives Bourbon Street a new spirited b eat with his captivating singing.
Before his handlers persuaded him to settle for the safety of a screen franchise, the young Elvis Presley had weightier ambitions as an actor. The 1958 King Creole, his fourth feature outing, hints at the underlying seriousness of his goals.
Presley plays Danny Fisher, a New Orleans teenager struggling to graduate from high school while working in a sleazy French Quarter club to support his family. He's also characterised as a troubled youth with a dangerous temper and feelings of shame and resentment toward his meek, unemployed father (Dean Jagger). When Danny's gift for singing provides him with a potential career break (and the requisite excuse for Elvis's production numbers), his involvement with a ruthless gangster (Walter Matthau) and his sultry, alcoholic moll (Carolyn Jones) threatens both his future and his family.
King Creole boasts an impressive production pedigree (including producer Hal Wallis and director Michael Curtiz, the team behind Casablanca) and the supporting cast helps elicit one of Presley's most emotional performances. Jones in particular overrides the inherent clichés of her role: her self-loathing and sexuality are both palpable. Presley--still a few years away from the more sanitised image that would be integral to those franchise features--is young enough to be a credible teen, but more crucially he makes his rage and yearning largely convincing. --Sam SutherlandSee all Product Description
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The cast is great (Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger & Carolyn Jones) plus the legendary Michael Curtiz of Casablanca fame, in the directors seat.
King Creole is so good that many critics, and indeed fans can't see past it. Which is a shame as Elvis made many more high calibur films, that, when looked at without pre-conceptions about the fluff and beach films, we have a very fine actor in Mr Presley.
It's also a pity that there are no special features on this DVD, as the transfer is excellent as is the great sound.
My personal recommendations, aside from King Creole, I would say that Flaming Star was his best film. Check out the 10 best below, they are excellent.
1 Flaming Star
2 King Creole
3 Wild in the Country
4 The Trouble With Girls
5 Change of Habit
6 Jailhouse Rock
7 Follow that Dream
9 Stay Away Jow
10 It Happened at the Worlds Fair
He said anybody that disagreed with you got a punch in the mouth. Is that what I brought you up to do, to fight?
The last film Presley made before going off to do his service in the army, King Creole is his best film. It's one of only a small handful that showed the star actually had some acting ability, here he gets a top director to work under and a very tidy cast put along side him for him to respond too. Presley immediately warmed to Curtiz (Casablanca/Mildred Pierce), wilfully doing as he was told by the wily old director, rewarding the film fan with a performance of some merit. Presley would often say it was his personal favourite of his own films, and it's not hard to see why. Though packed with musical numbers, many of them belters as well, the film always stays dramatic, in fact the tunes form part of the narrative, they are not frothy interludes slotted in purely for fan appeasement.
Everything he touches turns to drink.
It's not unreasonable to expect King Creole to be a fun movie, the kind where Elvis flies a plane, speeds around on power boats, or saves the word during a treasure hunt, because the poster art and DVD covers lend you to think that.Read more ›
A 'colourful' movie, shot in black and white. Lies, cheating, stealing, cheap nightclubs, cheap women, and that's only on Bourbon Street!
Memorable characters you'll love and hate. The unscrupulous Maxi Fields, Nellie the nice girl, and Ronnie the moll to name a few.
A superb script, terrific cast and good soundtrack make King Creole timeless.
Regarded by many as Elvis best film; I disagree, "Flaming Star", "Jailhouse Rock", "Wild in the Country", "Change of Habit" and "Charro" are also contenders.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
King Creole is a fantastic Elvis film.
If you had liked Elvis you will love this dvd.
I give such a poor review cos even though the DVD was delivered on time it WILL NOT play, it says "wrong region"Published 4 months ago by Teresa Green
I bought this as a post Christmas gift, that had been forgotten and was delighted to be able to order on Sat 26th and get delivery by Tuesday 29th. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Total Geek
yes it is a very good dvd but it took a long time to send it to mePublished 8 months ago by michael bigley
Great film and great seller. Speedy delivery. Def recommend. Thank youPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer