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Love Me Tender Details


Elvis Presley made his motion picture debut in the Civil War drama Love Me Tender. Elvis, however, is not the star of the proceedings: that honor goes jointly to Richard Egan and Debra Paget. The story concerns three brothers--Egan, William Campbell and James Drury--who steal a Union payroll on behalf of the Confederacy, only to discover that the war is over and that they're now technically outlaws. Rather than return the money, the brothers divvy it up amongst themselves. Upon returning home, Egan discovers that his sweetheart (Debra Paget) has married Elvis, his youngest brother. Since Love Me Tender has been played incessantly on TV since the early 1960s, it is giving away nothing to reveal that the film is one of two in which Elvis Presley's character dies at the end. Naturally, Elvis is afforded plenty of opportunities to sing: the scene in which he launches into an anachronistic hip-swivelling performance at a county fair is one of the high points of mid-1950s kitsch. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 15, 1956


Richard Egan
as Vance Reno
Debra Paget
as Cathy Reno
Elvis Presley
as Clint Reno
Robert Middleton
as Mr. Siringo
Neville Brand
as Mike Gavin
Mildred Dunnock
as Marlha Reno
Bruce Bennett
as Maj. Kincaid
James Drury
as Ray Reno
Russ Conway
as Ed Galt
Barry Coe
as Mr. Davis
L.Q. Jones
as Fleming
Paul E. Burns
as Jethro
Jerry Sheldon
as Conductor


David Weisbart
Robert Buckner
Maurice Geraghty
Screen Story
Leo Tover
Lionel Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Maurice Ransford
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
Alfred Bruzlin
Sound/Sound Designer