Category Archives: An Elvis Presley movie

Loving Elvis

19 year old Dolores Hart and 22 year old Elvis Presley in Loving You (1957): “How do you explain ‘love’?” she laments, as she sits in her cluttered, monastic cell with her pet bird. “I was in love with God.” … Continue reading

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Loving Dolores

“Uh need somebody,” Elvis informs the smitten young Dolores Hart, squinting over her shoulder (probably toward the nearest exit) – New York Times review of Loving You (1957).

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Willa in the Hangout

Karen Hamilton in the non-speaking and uncredited role of ‘Willa’ in Speedway (1968).

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Batgirl in a big bikini

Yvonne Craig, actor and dancer, born 16 May 1937; died 17 August 2015. The dark-haired beauty, a native of Taylorville, Ill., began her theatrical career at age 17 as the youngest member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She … Continue reading

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Easy Dodie

Dodie Marshall: born Rhoda Bailey Wolf 1934; on screen 1964-67, including Spinout (1966) and Easy Come Easy Go (1967). In 1991 claimed to have achieved a perfect score of 200 on a self-administered IQ test (LA Times); from 1977 to … Continue reading

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Rhoda Bailey Wolf

Dodie Marshall dancing with Elvis Presley in Spinout (1966)

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Brunette Shelley

Shelley Fabares: short blonde hair in Ride The Wild Surf, short redhead in Girl Happy, shoulder length blonde hair in Hold On!, shoulder length light brown hair with a fringe in Spinout, long dark brown hair in Clambake, long black … Continue reading

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Sultry and Dark vs Blonde and Blue-Eyed

There is, unfortunately, no guaranteed formula leading to Hollywood stardom. Elvis Presley’s two new leading ladies in MGM’s “Live A Little, Love A Little,” demonstrate divergent approaches to successful screen careers.

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Blonde and Blue-Eyed vs Dark and Sultry

Celeste Yarnall: supporting role in Live A Little Love A Little (1968). “Michele Carey, dark and sultry, and Celeste Yarnall, blonde and blue~eyed, both aspire to stardom. That is about all the two glamor girls, who lead Presley astray in … Continue reading

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When I leave the studio my life is my own

Michele Carey promoting Live A Little, Love A Little (1968): “Miss Carey, whose film credits include “El Dorado,” “The Sweet Ride” and “Changes,” is absorbed in her career and is seldom seen at premieres, studio parties or on the interview route. … Continue reading

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Absorbed in her career

Michele Carey promoting Live A Little, Love A Little (1968): “Miss Carey, whose film credits include “El Dorado,” “The Sweet Ride” and “Changes,” is absorbed in her career and is seldom seen at premieres, studio parties or on the interview route. … Continue reading

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall:  born 26 July 1944, Long Beach California. On screen from 1962. Gidget (TV 1966) ‘Independence: Gidget Style’ – 2nd Girl (as Celeste Yarnell); Elvis Presley’s Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) Ellen. More after the jump.

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Kiss My Firm But Pliant Lips

Elvis Presley and Celeste Yarnall in Live A Little, Love A Little (1968). “I originally auditioned for Michelle Carey’s role. And I know they liked me. And it must have gotten pretty close between she and me. So they created … Continue reading

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Michael A. Hoey

Michael A. Hoey: screenwriter (Live A Little Love A Little), dialogue coach (Tickle Me, Sergeant Dead Head, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Spinout, Speedway); producer (Palm Springs Weekend), writer-director (The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966); born 8 September … Continue reading

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Coach, Director, Co-Star and King

Speedway (1968): dialogue coach Michael A. Hoey, Academy Award-winning director Norman Taurog, Nancy Sinatra and Elvis Presely on set. Hoey worked with Taurog on five Elvis movies and two Beach Party movies.

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Dodie in 1961

Dodie Marshall (Spinout 1965, Easy Come, Easy Go 1967). Born 22 December 1934, UK, educated in Philadelphia USA, married and divorced advertising executive Barry Marshall in her 20s, worked as a model before dancing on Broadway, then moving to Hollywood. … Continue reading

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The Dane, Bernice and the King

The swinging sixties were a time of great confusion in Hollywood and a perfect example of that is Live a Little, Love a Little (1968), Elvis Presley’s 28th movie. For the first time, you see a studio wrestling with the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Valerie and Rusty

Girl Happy (1965): Shelley Fabares and Elvis Presley. “Elvis and three pals in a music combo arrive on the scene to keep an eye on their boss’s daughter, Shelley Fabares, and a cute chick she is. And guess what happens. … Continue reading

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Seadrift Motel

Girl Happy (1965): Shelley Fabares and Elvis Presley. “Elvis and three pals in a music combo arrive on the scene to keep an eye on their boss’s daughter, Shelley Fabares, and a cute chick she is. And guess what happens. … Continue reading

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La strip teaseuse effarouchée

Girl Happy (1965): John Fiedler (1925–2005), Elvis Presley and Jimmy Hawkins.

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Gary, Jimmy, Mary Ann, Elvis and Joby

Girl Happy (1965): Gary Crosby, Jimmy Hawkins, Mary Ann Mobley, Elvis Presley, and Joby Baker.

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The Frightened Stripper

Girl Happy (1965): Gary Crosby, Elvis Presley, Joby Baker, and Jimmy Hawkins playing in snowy Chicago before escaping to sunny Florida.

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Gene Nelson

Gene Nelson: dancer/actor-turned-director, born 24 March 1920, Seattle Washington; died: 16 September 1996, Los Angeles California. On screen 1947 – 1987, TV and B-grade movie director from 1960. Biography and photo below.

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Jimmy Hawkins

Jimmy Hawkins: born 13 November 1941, Los Angeles California: Girl Happy (1965) and Spinout (1966), Gidget (TV 1966).

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Diane McBain

Diane McBain: born: 18 May 1941, Cleveland Ohio. On screen between 1959 and 2001.

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Will Hutchins

Will Hutchins: born 5 May 1930, Los Angeles California: two Elvis Presley movies: Deborah Walley’s love interest in Spinout (1966) and Elvis’ identity-swap in Clambake (1967).

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Polka Dot Bikini

Chris Noel: star of Beach Ball (1965), Wild Wild Winter (1966), supporting roles in Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), Girl Happy (1965), American International Pictures‘ The Glory Stompers (1967) and For Singles Only (1968).

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Rooftop dancers

A blonde Suzie Kaye dances with Elvis in Clambake (1967). Towards the end of his movie career, Elvis Presley made Clambake (1967); it was number 25 of 31 total feature films he would make. Co-starring Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, and … Continue reading

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Deborah, Diane, Victoria and Elvis

Spinout – released 14 December 1966 USA; released in the UK as California Holiday

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Shelley in a pearly shell

Shelley Fabares in a publicity photo for Clambake (1967) Born Michele Marie Fabares January 19, 1944 Santa Monica, California. Starred in the surf movie Ride The Wild Surf (released 5-Aug-1964) Brie Matthews. Three movies with Elvis Presley: Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) … Continue reading

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The lifeguard turned actor

Bill Bixby, TV Actor, Dies at 59; Starred in 3 Long-Running Series. LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22, 1993 — Bill Bixby, whose long career in television included starring roles in three popular series, died on Sunday at his home in Century … Continue reading

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Elvis favorites

Shelley Fabares and Bill Bixby in a publicity photo for Clambake (1967). These Actors Clearly Owe Their Success to Elvis Presley: Bill Bixby — Clambake (1967), Speedway (1968). When Bixby appeared in Clambake — the first of two Presley movies … Continue reading

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The Romantic Lead in the latest Elvis Presley movie

  Jocelyn Lane, Elvis Presley‘s co-star in Tickle Me (1965).

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May 23, 1965 Sunday NEW YORK NEWS

Chris Noel was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She started as a model, and broke into show business doing ‘Mister Roberts’ on stage with Hugh O’Brien. Called “the next Marilyn Monroe,” sexy new starlet Chris Noel landed a role … Continue reading

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Hell’s Belle, it’s Elvis’ co-star

Jocelyn Lane: Elvis Presley’s co-star in Tickle Me (1965). “[Elvis] gets good comedy backing from a competent cast and a flock of young beauts cavorting in near-Bikini attire. Romance and sub-plot are offered in the shapely person of Jocelyn Lane … Continue reading

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Chris is a happy girl in a little black dress

Chris Noel, one of the girls in the Elvis Presley movie Girl Happy (1965).    

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Chris Noel studies her script

Chris Noel: star of Beach Ball (1965), Wild Wild Winter (1966), supporting roles in Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), Girl Happy (1965), American International Pictures‘ The Glory Stompers (1967) and For Singles Only (1968)

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Elvis Presley is a speedway driver

Elvis Presley in Speedway (1968)

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Elvis and Yvonne Craig are kissin’ cousins

Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) and Yvonne Craig (1937 – 2015) in Kissin’ Cousins (1964).

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Julie Parrish, Elvis Presely and puppies

Julie Parrish with co-star Elvis Presley in a helicopter cockpit in Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966).

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Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley in 1964

Motorbike enthusiast Ann-Margret (born Ann-Margret Olsson, 1941) with Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) in Viva Las Vegas (1964).

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Bill Bixby and beauties in ‘Clambake’ (1967)

Clambake (1967) publicity photo: Olga Kaya, Bill Bixby (1934-93), Angelique Pettyjohn (1943-92), and Roberta Tennes.

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Bill Bixby and Shelley Fabares in ‘Clambake’ (1967)

Clambake (1967): the first of Bill Bixby‘s two Elvis Presley movie appearances; Shelley Fabares‘ third Elvis Presley movie.

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Jocelyn Lane in a suede dress and leather knee-high boots

Jocelyn Lane: English pin-up of the late 1950s and early 1960s who relocated to Hollywood in 1964 and co-starred in the Elvis Presley movie Tickle Me (1965).

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Jocelyn Lane in an orange bikini

Jocelyn Lane: Elvis Presley’s co-star in Tickle Me (1965).

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Jocelyn Lane smiling in the sun

Jocelyn Lane: Austrian-born British actress who headed to Hollywood in 1964, and became Elvis Presley‘s co-star in Tickle Me (1965).

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Shelley Fabares has long dark hair

Shelley Fabares: three-time Elvis Presley co-star: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966) and Clambake (1968) and never got to sing.

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Dolores Hart dramatic portrait

Dolores Hart: star of Where The Boys Are (1960), the original Florida holiday beach movie, and two Elvis Presley movies: Loving You (1957) and King Creole (1958).

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Jocelyn Lane ties up Elvis in ‘Tickle Me’ (1965)

Tickle Me (1965) starring Jocelyn Lane and Elvis Presley. From the writer of The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) and featuring Linda Rogers (Beach Party, Winter A Go Go, Wild Wild Winter etc).

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Jocelyn Lane

Jocelyn Lane: born: Jocelyn Lane Bolton, 16 May 1937, Vienna Austria. Younger sister of British 1950s pin-up, Mara Lane, Jocelyn followed her sister into British pin-ups as ‘Jackie Lane’, then progressed to UK television and Italian epics. In 1964 she … Continue reading

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Elvis leaning on a palm tree and Shelley Fabares

An overweight and sickly-looking Elvis Presley with a worried-looking Shelley Fabares in Clambake (1967). Shelley Fabares’ third and final film with Elvis Presley. Generally regarded as one of the worst Elvis movies, marginaly better than Double Trouble and Harum Scarum. … Continue reading

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The Tatum Family in ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ (1964)

Kissin’ Cousins (1964): Yvonne Craig (Azalea Tatum) and Pamela Austin (Selena Tatum) listen to Arthur O’Connell (Pappy Tatum) negotiate with Elvis Presley (Josh Morgan) while Glenda farrell (Ma Tatum) and Donald Woods (General Dornford) watch.

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Yvonne Craig flirts with Elvis

Yvonne Craig (1937 – 2015) and Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) in a publicity photo for Kissin’ Cousins (1964)

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Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) on the lounge

Michele Carey and Elvis Presley

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Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) in the bathroom

Michele Carey and Elvis Presley

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Girl Happy (1965) half-sheet poster

Elvis Presley movie

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Girl Happy (1965) Elvis and girls

Lori Williams, Lynn Edgington, Elvis, Chris Noel, Stardette Kasua

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Dodie Marshall

Dodie Marshall: born Rhoda Bailey Wolf, 22 December 1934, Philadelphia USA, married and divorced advertising executive Barry Marshall in her 20s, worked as a model before dancing on Broadway, then moved to Hollywood. Since the end of her acting career, … Continue reading

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Rusty Allen

Rusty Allen: born Terry Kay Dennis, 10 March 1944, Taylor County Texas; died 1 November 2004, Las Vegas Nevada. Married circus producer Alexandroff Dobritch twice – March 1965 and November 1970; Dobritch married stripper Brandy Wilde (aka Clarice Gillis) in … Continue reading

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Pamela Curran

Pamela Curran, Rusty Allen and Gail Gilmore in Girl Happy (1965) Pamela Curran: born Pamela Helene Dudley Curran, 6 February 1930, New York New York. First credit: The Blob (1958) teenager … Girl Happy (1965) Bobbie … Final credit: Love, … Continue reading

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Fabrizio Mioni

Fabrizio Mioni: born 3 September 1930, Rome Italy. Hercules (1958) Jason … Get Yourself A College Girl (1964) Armand Girl Happy (1965) Romano … Final credit: Love, American Style (1972) ‘Love and the Latin Lover’ Cesare Donelli

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Nita Talbot

Nita Talbot: born Anita Sokol, 8 August 1930, New York City New York. Signed to Warner Brothers at 18 years of age. First credit: This Side of the Law (1950) Miss Goff … Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Sunny Daze … That … Continue reading

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Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret: born Ann-Margret Olsson, 28 April 1941, Valsjöbyn Jämtlandslän Sweden; arrived in USA 1947. 1960s movie credits: Screen debut: Pocketful of Miracles 1961) Louise State Fair (1962) Emily Porter Bye Bye Birdie (1963) Kim McAfee Viva Las Vegas (20-May-1964) Rusty … Continue reading

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Pamela Austin

Pam Austin: Pamela Joan Akert, 20 December 1941, Omaha Nebraska. First credit: Blue Hawaii (1961) Selena “Sandy” Emerson (as Pamela Kirk) … Hootenanny Hoot (1963) Billie-Jo Henley … Kissin’ Cousins (1964) Selena Tatum … The Perils of Pauline (1967) Pauline … Continue reading

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Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig: born Yvonne Joyce Craig, 16 May 1937, Taylorville Illinois; died 17 August 2015, Pacific Palisades California (cancer). First credit: Eighteen and Anxious (1957) Gloria Dorothy McCormick Selected credits: Gidget (1959) Nan It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) … Continue reading

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Michele Carey

Michele Carey:  born 26 February 1943, Annapolis, Maryland. First credit: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV 1964) ‘The Double Affair’ – Maggie … How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965) Michelle – uncredited … The Sweet Ride (22-May-68) Thumper Stevens Live … Continue reading

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Barbara Eden

Barbara Eden: born Barbara Jean Morehead, 23 August 1931, Tucson Arizona, Barbara Jean Huffman from 1945, Barbara Eden from 1956. First credit: West Point (TV 1956) ‘Decision’ – Toni DeWitt … Flaming Star (1960) Roslyn Pierce … Ride the Wild … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley: born Elvis Aron Presley, 8 January 1935, Tupelo Mississippi; died 16 August 1977, Memphis Tennessee. 31 movies from Love Me Tender (1956) to Change of Habit (1969)

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Nancy Czar

Nancy Czar: born Nancy Jean Czarnecki, 4 January 1944, Milwaukee Wisconsin. USA. US Figure Skating Champion 1960. Wild Guitar (1962) Vickie Wills Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) blonde on the beach – uncredited Winter A Go-Go (28-Oct-1965) Jonesy Perry Mason (TV 1965) … Continue reading

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Blue Hawaii Actresses

Left to right: Pamela Austin, Darlene Tompkins, Joan Blackman, Elvis Presley, Jenny Maxwell, Kay Christian, in a publicity photo for Blue Hawaii (1961).

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Mary Ann Mobley

Mary Ann Mobley: born 17 February 1937, Biloxi Mississippi; died 9 December 2014, Beverly Hills Los Angeles California. Miss Mississippi 1958 and Miss America 1959. Get Yourself A College Girl (18-Dec-1964) Girl Happy (MGM 14-Apr-1965) Harum Scarum (Four-Leaf 15-Dec-1965) Three … Continue reading

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Deanna Lund

Deanna Lund: born 30 May 1937, Oak Park Illinois. First credit: Burke’s Law (TV 1965) ‘Peace, It’s a Gasser’ – Secretary Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (6-Nov-1965) Robot Out of Sight (12-May-1966) Tuff Bod Paradise, Hawaiian Style (9 June … Continue reading

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Suzie Kaye

Suzie Kaye: born Susan Helene Klein, 2 September 1941, New York City New York; died 5 March 2008, Delray Beach Florida. West Side Story (1961) Rosalia … Wild Wild Winter (5-Jan-1966) Sandy C’mon, Let’s Live a Little (3-Mar-1967) Bee Bee … Continue reading

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Brenda Benet 1945 – 1982

Brenda Benet: born Brenda Ann Nelson, 14 August 1945, Hollywood California; died 7 April 1982 – suicide – West Los Angeles California. First credit: The Young Marrieds (5-Oct-1964) Jill McComb #2 Beach Ball (29-Sep-1965) Samantha Harum Scarum (15-Dec-1965) Emerald Track … Continue reading

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Chris Noel

Chris Noel: born Sandra Louise Noel, 2 July 1941, West Palm Beach Florida. First credit: Soldier in the Rain (27-Nov-1963) Frances McCoy Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Betsy Beach Ball (29-Sep-1965) Susan Get Yourself A College Girl (18-Dec-1965) Sue Ann Mobley Wild … Continue reading

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Peter Brooks

Peter Brooks: born Jan Zajaczowski First credit: Ichabod and Me (TV 1961) ’Teenage Journalist’ Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) Clay Anderson Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Brentwood Von Durgenfeld The Girls on the Beach (12-May-1965) Stu Rankin Gidget (TV 1965) ‘Too Many … Continue reading

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Gail Gilmore

Gail Gilmour: born Gail Gerber, 4 October 1937, Edmonton Canada; died: 2 March 2014, Sharon, Connecticut. Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Nancy The Girls on the Beach (12-May-1965) Georgia – as Gale Gerber Beach Ball (29-Sep-1965) Deborah Village of the Giants (Embassy … Continue reading

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Irene Tsu

Irene Tsu (born 5 April 1943, Shanghai China) First screen credit: Take Her, She’s Mine (13-Nov-1963) … How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) native girl … Paradise, Hawaiian Style (15-Jun-1966) Pua … Continuous film and television credits to 2012: … Continue reading

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Deborah Walley

Deborah Walley (Aug 12, 1941, Bridgeport, Connecticut – May 10, 2001, Sedona, Arizona – esophageal cancer). Married to John Ashley 1962 – 66. Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) … Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Ski Party (1965) Sergeant Dead Head (1965) Dr. … Continue reading

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Beverly Adams

Beverly Adams (born 7 November 1940, Edmonton Alberta, Canada) First screen credit: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV 1963) ‘Wally’s Pen Pal’ Gloria Roustabout (1964) Cora – uncredited Girl Happy (1965) girl #2 – uncredited How to Stuff a … Continue reading

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Julie Parrish

Julie Parrish: Ruby Joyce Wilbar, 21 Oct 1940 (Middlesboro, Kentucky) – 1 Oct 2003 (Los Angeles, California). First credit: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV 1962) ‘Strictly for the Birds’ –  Betsy Dolly Martha Trueblood The Nutty Professor (1963) … Continue reading

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Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra: born 8 June 1940, Jersey City Jersey, first child of Frank Sinatra. All movie credits: For Those Who Think Young (3 Jun 1964) Karen Cross Get Yourself a College Girl (18-Dec-1965) Lynne Marriage on the Rocks (1965) Tracy … Continue reading

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Shelley Fabares

Shelley Fabares: born Michele Marie Fabares January 19, 1944 Santa Monica, California. Ride The Wild Surf (5-Aug-1964) Brie Matthews Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Valerie Hold On! (22-Jun-1966) Louisa Page Spinout (17-Oct-66) 1966) Cynthia Foxhugh Clambake (4-Dec-1967) Diane Carter

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Sharon Garrett

Sharon Garrett The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series 1962) girl Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) brunette yoga girl – uncredited Mission: Impossible (TV 1967) A Cube of Sugar dancer – uncredited Speedway (1967) dancer – uncredited

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