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Jailhouse Rock Details

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One of the best of Elvis Presley's pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, "dangerous" Elvis that had won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, Elvis strikes up a friendship with visionary fellow-con Mickey Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy suggests that Elvis perform in the upcoming prison show. Ol' swivel-hips scores a hit, and decides to stay in showbiz after his release. Together with pretty Judy Tyler (the former Princess Summerfall Winterspring on Judy Tyler, who would die in a horrible traffic accident shortly after completing this film), Elvis sets up his own record company. Alas, success goes to his head, and soon Elvis plans to ditch Tyler in favor of signing with a big-time label. Shaughnessy shows up long enough to punch out Elvis for his disloyalty; as a result, Elvis' vocal chords are damaged and he is unable to sing. Deserted by his flunkeys and hangers-on, Elvis learns the value of friendship and fidelity when Tyler and Shaughnessy stay by his side in his darkest hours. His voice restored, Elvis climbs back up the charts--but this time, he's a much nicer fellow, and a lot more committed to Tyler. Usually the musical numbers in a Presley picture (this one has a doozy, complete with chorus boys dressed as convicts!) are more compelling than the plot. Jailhouse Rock is a perfect balance of song and story from beginning to end; seldom would Elvis be so well showcased in the future. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 17, 1957

Cast

Elvis Presley
as Vince Everett
Judy Tyler
as Peggy Van Alden
Mickey Shaughnessy
as Hunk Houghton
Vaughn Taylor
as Mr. Shores
Jennifer Holden
as Sherry Wilson
Dean Jones
as Teddy Talbot
Anne Neyland
as Laury Jackson
Hugh Sanders
as Warden
Grandon Rhodes
as Prof. August Van Alden
Don Burnett
as Mickey Alba
George Cisar
as Jake the Bartender
Glenn Strange
as Mr. Simpson
John Indrisano
as Convict
Robert Bice
as Bardeman, TV Studio Manager
Percy Helton
as Sam Brewster
Dan White
as Paymaster
Robin Raymond
as Dotty
Dick Rich
as Guard
Elizabeth Slifer
as Cleaning Woman
Gloria Pall
as Stripteaser
Fred Coby
as Bartender
Frank Kreig
as Drunk
William Tannen
as Record Distributor
Wilson Wood
as Record Engineer
Donald Kerr
as Photographer
Carl Milletaire
as Drummond
Harry Hines
as Hotel Clerk
Dorothy Abbott
as Woman in Restaurant
William Forrest
as Studio Head
Katherine Warren
as Mrs. Van Alden
Dan White
as Paymaster
Carl Milletaire
as Drummond
Grandon Rhodes
as Prof. August Van Alden
Donald Kerr
as Photographer
Dorothy Abbott
as Woman in Restaurant
Elizabeth Slifer
as Cleaning Woman
William Tannen
as Record Distributor
John Indrisano
as Convict
Wilson Wood
as Record Engineer
George Cisar
as Jake the Bartender
Don Burnett
as Mickey Alba
William Forrest
as Studio Head
Hugh Sanders
as Warden
Percy Helton
as Sam Brewster
Fred Coby
as Bartender
Robert Bice
as Bardeman, TV Studio Manager
Frank Kreig
as Drunk
Gloria Pall
as Stripteaser
Harry Hines
as Hotel Clerk
Glenn Strange
as Mr. Simpson
Dick Rich
as Guard
Robin Raymond
as Dotty

Crew

Richard Thorpe
Director
Pandro S. Berman
Producer
Ned Young
Screen Story
Aaron Schroeder
Songwriter
Sid Tepper
Songwriter
Jerry Lieber
Songwriter
Ben Weisman
Songwriter
Abner Silver
Songwriter
Jeff Alexander
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ralph Winters
Editor
Randall Duell
Art Director
Kathryn Hereford
Associate Producer
Keogh Gleason
Set Designer
Henry W. Grace
Set Designer
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects
Alex Romero
Choreography
William J. Tuttle
Makeup
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