Jailhouse Rock (1957)


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One of the best of Elvis Presley's pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, "dangerous" Elvis that had won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, Elvis strikes up a friendship with visionary fellow-con Mickey Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy suggests that Elvis perform in the upcoming prison show. Ol' swivel-hips scores a hit, and decides to stay in … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Guy Trosper, Richard Trosper, Guy Troper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2007
MGM Home Entertainment


as Vince Everett

as Peggy Van Alden

as Hunk Houghton

as Sherry Wilson

as Teddy Talbot

as Laury Jackson

as Mr. Shores

as Pianist

as Prof. August Van Ald...

as Mrs. Van Alden

as Mickey Alba

as Jake the Bartender

as Simpson, Convict

as Bardeman, TV Studio ...

as Sam Brewster

as Jack Lease

as Studio Head

as Paymaster

as Guard

as Cleaning Woman

as Stripteaser

as Bartender

as Record Distributor

as Record Engineer

as TV Director

as Photographer

as Hotel Clerk

as Woman in Cafe
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Critic Reviews for Jailhouse Rock

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Embora Presley fosse um péssimo ator, seu carisma e sua intensidade nos números musicais transformam este em seu melhor filme, já que, além de evitar as fórmulas que viriam a dominar seus longas, ele estabelece uma ótima química com Tyler.

January 20, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Even if the plot is thin, the characterizations are solid, and the music is some of Elvis's best.

Full Review… | September 29, 2007
Movie Metropolis

Elvis delivered his definitive screen appearance in this budget-minded black and white production, a dark reflection of the Loving You rise to fame.

Full Review… | August 14, 2007

Just a notch above the average Elvis vehicle (which is not very high), this early b/w effort (Elvis' third feature) suffers from a silly prison yarn but is ultimately saved by the rendition of some good rocking tuners like the title song.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007

Audience Reviews for Jailhouse Rock


Along with King Creole Elvis' best film, admittingly not a high bar to crest, he is in prime condition and great voice. Very sensual and surrounded by a quality production Elvis turns in a good performance as a surly up and comer. A film with an actual story unlike his later movies like Spinout or Harum Scarum this gives you an idea what kind of actor he might have become if the Colonel had not thrust him into one piece of junk after another. Judy Tyler although her part is limited gives a performs well as a self possessed young woman who helps put Elvis on the road to success, sadly she died in a car wreck before the film's premier.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This is my favourite Elvis movie, the story is cool and more realistic than his other movies. Plus, I love the songs. If you only see one Elvis movie, see this one.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Fantastic movie musical, even showcasing some great acting talent from The King.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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