Saturday, January 08, 2011

Elvis Trailer-Elvis: That's The Way It Is

The Colonel and Hal Wallis probably weren't happy that cash cow Elvis decided to give up acting in 1969 after more than a decade of frothy but mostly lifeless moneymaking films. Apparently the King still owed them a film on his contract, though, and this mostly cinema-verite documentary of his Las Vegas opening was the result. We see the worshipful fans--now approaching middle age--as they all look forward to the concert. We see Elvis preparing and performing. We even see Cary Grant in a brief cameo that marks his first big screen appearance since WALK, DON'T RUN! There are no revelations here but some solid performances and the beginnings of the Elvis cult as we've come to know it.

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