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September 18, 2017
Clambake is an okay film. It is about heir to an oil fortune trades places with a water-ski instructor. Elvis Presley and Will Hutchins give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Arthur H. Nadel did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the music and humor.
½ August 19, 2017
This film is not high art, but it is nostalgic and it does feature the King. if you like Elvis and don't mind the odd cheesy musical, with Elvis filmed in front of a screen for most of the action shots, then you might like this candy-floss-popcorn Elvis film. formulaic but not bad.
½ July 5, 2015
Shockingly not bad, mostly because of the solid yet simple plot. Elvis is rich, switches place with a poor guy so he can find true love. Shelley Fabares shines with a better written role as the nice girl who's looking out for her own financial security. If only the music was better and Elvis had been more into his acting this easily could have been a three star-er.
July 10, 2014
Good from beginning to end.
January 31, 2013
As far as Elvis 60's movies go this is one of the more enjoyable ones.
December 7, 2012
Could be worth a viewing, would like to see it sometime in the future.
August 25, 2012
Action,romance, motor boat racing this flick has it all
June 17, 2012
Actually this one is my favorite Elvis movie.
May 17, 2012
Best movie in the world!!!
May 8, 2011
ink un film irelevant
½ January 17, 2011
Snug despite Elvis' tiredness.
January 11, 2011
Cute. Loved seeing young Shelley Fabares & Bill Bixby in this movie, Elvis lacked the sparkle he had in his eye in other films. Its amazing how much this movie looked like it was filmed in Miami yet it was filmed in California. I got a kick out of the California mountains and West sunset over the Pacific Ocean (in Miami the Sun rises over the Ocean) Sad that this movie was the beginning of the end for Elvis
Super Reviewer
December 11, 2010
Another okay Elvis movie, much like his other movies. I recently re-watched this one because I'm a fan of Bixby, who has a part in this one. It's actually pretty funny for the most part, but it's also silly and stupid and full of Elvis songs. Overall, it's okay.
½ November 26, 2010
It's not exactly the height of filmmaking...but there's no denying that "Clambake" is goofy fun. Elvis plays the rich son of an oil tycoon who switches places with a Miami ski instructor and happens to have a song for every situation.
October 10, 2010
Chidita, pero no vi el final.
½ October 5, 2010
Get out your swim trunks and towel, we're going for a clambake!

Yeah, this is pure Elvis in another of his formula movies.
There really ought to be a genre entirely for the sixties musical dramas like these. Even Elvis knew they were pretty formula, meaning guy sees girl, guy courts girl, guy fights for girl, guy wins girl.

This is pure 60's nostalgia, so forget the RT rules of the road and find out how foolish life was like back then.

While not even attempting to be a serious film project, who cares? And Elvis, his acting is hopeless, but the setting is priceless as horrible dancing scenes and beach frolic contribute to a sheer look at what passed for films back then.

PS: give you a hint....the BiG screen always helps this kind of film, so do not expect much from your 32 inch hdtv.
August 23, 2010
As another reviewer said, "The 'Casablanca' of movies with 'clam' in the title." Certainly the worst Elvis movie I've seen so far. A rich oil tycoon's son leaves home to pretend to be poor so that he can find purpose and a girl that loves him for him. He gets a job as a ski instructer and falls for a girl who happens to be anabashed golddigger. While she sets her sights on the rich boat champion, he decides to win her heart- not by showing how much money he really has; but by winning the big boat race. What?

Crazy friends and family chew dialogue with rediculous southern accents.

Another main reason to watch Elvis movies are Elvis ladies. This is Shelley Fabares third E-joint, but she's totally phoning it in. So's Elvis of course, but that's fair. She was much perkier in previous films.

Also, no real reason for this to be called "Clambake". Completely unnecessary and not-pivotal short song scene. It's not even a beach movie. "Blue Hawaii" was stupid too, but was excellently directed as a completely on-location Hawaiin travelogue. In between this film's studio scenes are drab and murky FLA beach shots.

½ June 30, 2010
It's baked alright. . . Not one of the better cheesy Elvis movies. Elvis looks bored (and a little chubby) and the songs are bottom-of-the-barrel stinkers. Fabares and Bixby give a little bit of life to the proceedings, but it really just another Elvis movie and the King & Co. are content to rest on their laurels.
Super Reviewer
½ April 26, 2010
Elvis Presley plays Scott Heyward, the son of a Texas oil millionaire in this thin storyline. Scott changes places with the poor but honest water-skiing instructor Tom Wilson (Will Hutchins) to find out if women love him for himself or his money. Tom goes to the posh penthouse previously occupied by Scott, and Scott takes over as the instructor. Scott's father Duster (James Gregory) blows a gasket when he finds out what his son is doing. Boat builder Sam Burton (Gary Merrill) talks Scott into driving his new boat in the big race. Elvis delivers 8 songs in one of the more lackluster vehicles of his 1960s film catalogue. A bevy of beauties, some exciting race scene, and glossy production all help this one across the finish line.
April 2, 2010
I watched this movie last weekend and I've been trying to muster up the energy to write a review about it all week. Truthfully though, this movie just leaves me flat. There's nothing special about it whatsoever. It's not terribly good, but it isn't terribly bad as well. It's just an uninspiring bit of Elvis marketing really, what more can you say about it? I'm honestly flabbergasted by the high amount of stars this film has from reviewers. Were we even watching the same film?
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