Kid Galahad Reviews
"if that walked in my door i'd be happy too" -my sister said that one lolol
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.
One for the future: n/a
Stand-out scene: Elvis sparring in closely-fitting blue shorts
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: Repeated
DVD commentary any good?: n/a
Can't recall this ever having been shown on TV and I'd certainly never seen it before my mom got me this for 60p through a newspaper offer. Surprisingly one of the better Elvis films (despite it's non-appearance TV wise) it's certainly an improvement on say Clambake and Frankie & Johnny but not up to the standard of say, King Creole. His tenth movie, it follows the formula employed for the vast majority of Elvis films; new boy in town sweeps girl off her feet with half a dozen or so ditties thrown in for good (or bad) measure. This time, playing a character called Walter (swiftly dropped in favour of 'Kid Galahad') he's a recently demobbed army man as handy with a wrench as his fists blessed with the ability to take a series of punches before delivering a decisive knockout blow. A young(er) Charles Bronson figures amongst the cast surrounding a brown-haired Elvis, who not only has several scenes wearing closely-fitting blue shorts, but also is tastily clad in denim for a number of sequences. Yum.