King Creole (1958)
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as Danny Fisher
as Mr. Fisher
as Maxie Fields
as Charlie Le Grand
as Mimi Fisher
as 'Forty' Nina
as Eddie Burton
as Mr. Evans
as Drugstore Lunch Counter Patron
as Woman Who Asks for Water
as Street Vendor (uncredited)
Critic Reviews for King Creole
Elvis, young and relatively untamed, in a superior star vehicle from 1958.
Presley shows himself to be a surprisingly sympathetic and believable actor on occasion. He also does some very pleasant, soft and melodious, singing.
As the lad himself might say, cut my legs off and call me Shorty! Elvis Presley can act.
Curtiz's intelligent, austere, film noir-ish direction provides the perfect antidote to the occasional excesses of a script based on a Harold Robbins novel, and an ideal complement to Presley's performance.
This is arguably Elvis Presley's best film, and certainly his best acting performance.
King Creole features Elvis Presley's best film performance, a result perhaps of the helming of Michael Curtiz.
Audience Reviews for King Creole
King Creole was the first Elvis movie that I saw and I found out it was a good movie. Unlike many singers who try out their ability at acting, Elvis is actually a pretty good actor. Before watching King Creole, I never watched any of Elvis's movies because I thought that they would all be musicals and just be a bunch of people singing and acting crazy. But after watching King Creole I found out I was wrong. It was a good drama movie and now I understand why Elvis was in so many movies, not because he was a popular singer but he could also be a great actor. Walter Matthau and the rest of the supporting actors and actresses also did a good job. It's about how Elvis became a singer at a local club and gaining fame for his ability while trying to stay away from a group of punks who threatened him if he didn't cooperate. It's an all around great movie and I recommend it to anyone. Now I'll probably give a lot more Elvis movies a chance after seeing King Creole. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. It's still the only Elvis movie I've ever seen. I've never been a huge fan of his, I just like a few of his songs, but wouldn't mind seeing some more of his films.
Elvis's best movie
Probably the closest you're going to get to a "proper" film starring Elvis. It has some semblance of plot, the B&W photography is nice and the songs do not seem quite so intrusive. It was obviously trying to cash in one the burgeoning "teen" bandwagon, but not bad.