Why we like…

Girl Happy (1965): Lyn Edgington (1935 – 2005), Shelley Fabares, and Chris Noel.

Why we like…

Spinout (1966): Shelley Fabares, Deborah Walley, Diane McBain and Dodie Marshall.

Danielle Aubry

Danielle Aubry: born Renée Aubry, 15 October 1931, France or Canada. Married to Charles B. Penrose 1954 – 1972 Married to 1940s independent movie producer Leo Popkin until his death in 2011 In American pageants and pin-up mags from 1957 On screen 1958 – 1973, initially in roles requiring a French accent Potato Bug‘s companion…

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.” God Is The Bigger Elvis.

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).

Hollywood cocktail party

Attending a recent cocktail party in Hollywood are actress Brenda Benet, costarring in Elvis‘ new picture Harum Scarum, and Anthony Hayes (Ride the Wild Surf and Winter A-Go-Go).

Willa in the Hangout

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

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 the role of Ellen for me. The original title of the script was ‘Kiss My…

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 1934, London, England; died 17 August 2014, San Clemente, California, USA. Obituary below.

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.

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 dilemma of trying to make Elvis relevant to the new, emerging pop culture. Based on…

The King in Bed

Elvis and Michele Carey in Live A Little, Love A Little (1968). “[Elvis] gets to use some mild cuss words and break a former Elvis taboo which was never to show Elvis in bed with his leading lady.” TCM.

A Close Shave for the King

Michele Carey (How To Stuff A Wild Bikini, The Sweet Ride) watches Elvis Presley shave in Live A Little, Love A Little (1968), the first Elvis movie in which he cussed, was seen in bed with a woman, and implied he took drugs. Save

The boys in the band

Spinout (1966) Jack Mullaney, Elvis Presley, Deborah Walley, Jimmy Hawkins; directed by Norman Taurog. Mullaney and Taurog had teamed up a year before for Dr Goldfoot and The Bikini Machine.

Script Spin

Spinout (1966) Elvis Presley, Deborah Walley, Jack Mullaney, Jimmy Hawkins; directed by Norman Taurog.

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…

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. That’s it—that’s the picture.” Howard Thompson, New York Times.  

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. That’s it—that’s the picture.” Howard Thompson, New York Times.

The Frightened Stripper

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

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.

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 Bill Bixby, Clambake is a rock ‘n roll twist on Mark Twain’s The Prince and…

Elvis uncut

British Board of Film Classification: CALIFORNIA HOLIDAY (Also known as SPINOUT). Year: 1966. Distributor(s): MGM Pictures. Classified date(s): 02/08/1966. Approved Running time 92m 44s. Director(s) Norman Taurog. Cast includes Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Dodie Marshall, Deborah Walley, Jack Mullaney, Will Hutchins, Warren Berlinger, Jimmy Hawkins, Carl Betz, Cecil Kellaway, Una Merkel, Frederick Worlock,…

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. I like it.

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.

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)

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).