The Meanest Girl In Town


Girl Happy (1965): Shelley Fabares and Elvis Presley. “In his eighteenth feature, Elvis Presley is cast as Rusty Wells, a rock ‘n roll singer (no stretch there) who is hired by a Chicago mobster to play chaperone to his daughter Valerie (Shelley Fabares). In between fending off wild, wanton collegegirls and keeping Valerie out of trouble, Elvis finds time to perform numerous songs with his trusty combo at the local nightclub. Among these, you might recognize “Dothe Clam,” “Puppet on a String,” “The Meanest Girl in Town,” or “Cross My Heart and Hope to Die.” Not exactly gold record material here but what is memorable is the “witty” dialogue. Girl Happy is wall to wall with quotable lines like “The beach is crowded today” followed by the zinger “Not as crowded as that bathing suit” or a wry observation like “Not much upstairs, but what a staircase.” The film is also your only chance to see Elvis in drag (for one brief scene that takes place in a women’s prison cell – don’t ask me to explain it here).  TCM.


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