Sunday, January 14, 2007

Elvis in film noir

Thank you, library, for King Creole. Great was our surprise to learn that this was directed by Michael Curtiz, who also directed Mildred Pierce, one of my great favorites. I've never seen Mildred Pierce on anything but a big screen; even on a 13-inch television, though, this black-and-white Elvis movie reads very well. And Elvis acquits himself well as an actor, too, surprisingly. His speech is untamed, and he may even have been able to select his own music for this one. The movie's date is 1958; the cars appeared to be from 1957. Carolyn Jones has an accent all over the place. This turns out to be based on a sensationalist novel by Harold Robbins.


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