Mildly entertaining slow paced film about a come from nowhere champion boxer. While Elvis doesn't sing near as much in this one as so many other films, its a relief.
Seeing Elvis take a punch dozens of time in his early boxing debut is hard to take. He gets better as the film goes on, thankfully. Elvis comes home after being discharged fromt he army to return home broke at a sleepy mountain resort town of Cream Valley.
While his knack for fixing cars is astounding, his hometown doesn't need him as a mechanic. Lucky for him his first employer runs a boxing camp and a resort. Oscar winner Gig Young (They Shoot Horses Don't They) plays the angry boxing promotor and normally tough guy Charles Bronson (Dirty Dozen, The Mechanic, Mr. Majestic) plays Elvis' traier.
Watching Gig Young get angry at varions times in this film is so out of character. Elvis the boxer hangs around long enough to want to marry his daughter, which sends Gig through the roof.
Elvis Presley, well what more can we say about singers who make movies? It's happened so many times before and since that singers normally just can't act, except for Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and maybe a few others. But to the credit of this lightweight drama Elvis isn't asked to sing dozens of no hit songs through the film.
#37 on the list of the top-grossing movies of 1962.
Directed by Phil Karlson
Produced by David Weisbart
Written by Francis Wallace (story)
Elvis Presley (Kid Galahad)
Gig Young (boxing promotor)
Charles Bronson (boxing trainer)
Music by Jeff Alexander
Cinematography Burnett Guffey
Editing by Stuart Gilmore
Studio The Mirisch Company
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) August 11, 1962
Running time 95 min.