Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer...but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.
Having flunked graduation for a second time and needing cash to support his crabby (and thus unemployed) father, Danny Fisher takes a job as a singer in the King Creole nightclub - about the only joint around not run by smarmy crook Maxie Fields who wants him for his own place. He gets on pretty well with Fields' floozy though, and all this plus his involvement with Fields' hoods and with innocent five-and-dime store assistant Nellie means Danny finds his world closing in on him all ways round.Written by
Co-star of the film Walter Matthau said after death of Elvis Presley this about him: ""He [Elvis Presley] was an instinctive actor...He was quite bright...he was very intelligent...He was not a punk. He was very elegant, sedate, and refined, and sophisticated." See more »
Character starts running twice because of editing mistake in the end of movie. See more »
Now, you've just been told that you're not graduating tomorrow. Doesn't that mean anything to you?
You said I'm not graduating. OK, that's it. Now what do you want?
I once had a son, Danny. He lived 13 years. Some hoodlums jumped him one night, and he died.
I'm sorry. But what's that got to do with me?
Because you have all the earmarks of being a hoodlum.
A hoodlum or a hustler, whatever you want to call it.
This isn't principal talk.
Well, the more difficult the student, the more I try to ...
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I've heard it said that this was Elvis' favourite of his own films. And no wonder. It's about the only film he ever did that allowed him to be an actor. And let's remember, Elvis had no formal acting training, and sure, the film is, as usual, peppered with great Elvis numbers and no-one doubts his talent there.
If only the Colonel had chosen to exploit the acting side a little more, perhaps we would have a lot more memorable stuff like this to remember than some of the later films, such as.....er.....er....well, there you go, I don't remember any. Perhaps Elvis would have been a lot more proud too.
Anyway, alongside Elvis is a wonderful Carolyn "Morticia Adams" Jones and a fairly early Walter Matthau, showing us that he didn't just make us laugh in his movies, but he was able to impress us with dramatic roles also.
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