King Creole

1958

King Creole

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Elvis Presley delivers one of his finest early performances in King Creole. Elvis plays a teenager named Danny Fisher, who is forced to drop out of school to help support his ineffective father (Dean Jagger). Drawn to trouble like a magnet, Danny is saved from a jail term by New Orleans salloonkeeper Charlie Le Grand (Paul Stewart), who gives the boy a job as a singer. It isn't long, however, before local gang boss Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau), a shadowy figure from Danny's criminal past, puts the muscle on the boy, insisting that Danny sing at his establishment. To lure Danny to his side of the fence, Maxie relies upon the seductive charms of his gun moll Ronnie (Carolyn Jones), while Danny's true love Nellie (Dolores Hart) suffers on the sidelines. In addition to the expected musical numbers (which are cleverly integrated into the storyline), the film's highlight is a brief exchange of fisticuffs between Elvis and Walter Matthau. Together with Jailhouse Rock, King Creole is one of the best filmed examples of the untamed, pre-army Elvis Presley. The picture was adapted from Harold Robbins' novel A Stone for Danny Fisher. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Elvis Presley
as Danny Fisher
Dean Jagger
as Mr. Fisher
Walter Matthau
as Maxie Fields
Paul Stewart
as Charlie Le Grand
Jan Shepard
as Mimi Fisher
Liliane Montevecchi
as 'Forty' Nina
Dick Winslow
as Eddie Burton
Raymond Bailey
as Mr. Evans
Ziva Rodann
as Entertainer
Franklyn Farnum
as Drugstore Lunch Counter Patron
Hazel Boyne
as Woman Who Asks for Water
Kitty White
as Street Vendor (uncredited)
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