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King Creole
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.
Drama / Music/Musical
116 min
1958
PG
Paramount Pictures
English
VUDU Community
4.2
TOMATOMETER
100%
Cast & Crew
 
Michael Curtiz
Michael Curtiz
Director
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
Danny Fisher
Carolyn Jones
Carolyn Jones
Ronnie
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
Maxie Fields
Dolores Hart
Dolores Hart
Nellie
Dean Jagger
Dean Jagger
Mr. Fisher
Liliane Montevecchi
Liliane Montevecchi
"Forty" Nina
Vic Morrow
Vic Morrow
Shark
Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart
Charlie LeGrand
Jan Shepard
Jan Shepard
Mimi Fisher
Brian G. Hutton
Brian G. Hutton
Sal
Raymond Bailey
Raymond Bailey
Mr. Evans
Minta Durfee Arbuckle
Minta Durfee Arbuckle
Val Avery
Val Avery
Franklin Farnum
Franklin Farnum
Jack Grinnage
Jack Grinnage
Dummy
Ziva Rodann
Ziva Rodann
Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Harold Robbins
Harold Robbins
Book Author
Herbert Baker
Herbert Baker
Screenwriter
Michael Gazzo
Michael Gazzo
Screenwriter