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Love Me Tender (1956)




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Elvis Presley made his motion picture debut in the Civil War drama Love Me Tender. Elvis, however, is not the star of the proceedings: that honor goes jointly to Richard Egan and Debra Paget. The story concerns three brothers--Egan, William Campbell and James Drury--who steal a Union payroll on behalf of the Confederacy, only to discover that the war is over and that they're now technically outlaws. Rather than return the money, the brothers divvy it up amongst themselves. Upon returning home, Egan discovers that his sweetheart (Debra Paget) has married Elvis, his youngest brother. Since Love Me Tender has been played incessantly on TV since the early 1960s, it is giving away nothing to reveal that the film is one of two in which Elvis Presley's character dies at the end. Naturally, Elvis is afforded plenty of opportunities to sing: the scene in which he launches into an anachronistic hip-swivelling performance at a county fair is one of the high points of mid-1950s kitsch. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Western
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Elvis Presley
as Clint Reno
Debra Paget
as Cathy Reno
Richard Egan
as Vance Reno
William Campbell
as Brett Reno
Neville Brand
as Mike Gavin
Mildred Dunnock
as The Mother
Bruce Bennett
as Maj. Kincaid
James Drury
as Ray Reno
Russ Conway
as Ed Galt
Barry Coe
as Davis
Paul E. Burns
as Jethro
L.Q. Jones
as Fleming
Jerry Sheldon
as Conductor
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Critic Reviews for Love Me Tender

All Critics (10)

Without The King, Love Me Tender is a decent horse opera that has more stand-and-talk moments than shoot-'em-ups....But Elvis really does add interest.

Full Review… | March 30, 2016
Family Home Theater

Elvis's debut film and only time billed as a supporting actor.

Full Review… | July 5, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

one of Elvis' most compelling works, despite a forced, artificial ending.

August 2, 2009

Elvis' debut in movies, and not a bad production. Set in Civil War with nice title song.

February 21, 2008 the long run of things, his performance transcends the material.

September 4, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Love Me Tender


I don't know why anybody thought "1865... hmm.. Oh I know, Elvis" but they did and that became Love Me Tender- Elvis' first film. And not a great one, mostly because Elvis is so out of place and bizarre... also kind of a bad guy. The music is insanely out of place, Elvis is overacting and the story is some kind of weird "the South was defeated but we still have morals dangnabit" sort of plot. I mean, it's watchable but mostly not worth it.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

going in with low expectations definitely improved my enjoyment of this movie--c'mon, it's Elvis, right? the story's actually a pretty compelling western--solid characters, solid conflict....overall very watchable. for a first-timer, Elvis didn't do a half-bad job. was he great? heck no. could this have been a higher-quality movie if somebody else played Clint? probably. was his singing and dancing unnecessary and a tad anachronistic? you bet. all in all, though, the King's presence just adds a bit of novelty to an already entertaining movie.

Brian Schnell
Brian Schnell

This is Elvis' first movie, so if you're a fan you wont want to miss it. I saw it a long time ago, so I don't remember it very well, but I do remember liking it. I'll have to see it again.

Aj V
Aj V

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