Jailhouse Rock

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After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

ACTORS :  Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1957

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Jailhouse Rock – Vince Everett is serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter. While in the big house, his cellmate, a former country singer, introduces him to the record business. Everett takes to it so well that he decides to become a singer when he gets out. However, he is quickly disillusioned by the record business. But with the help of a new friend, he decides to form his own label, and soon becomes an overnight sensation. But when he becomes a superstar, will his desire for fame and money cause him to forget the people who got him there?

Elvis’s best film

I saw this film when it came out. I was a sophomore in high school, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just saw it again on TCM, and guess what? I still enjoy it! This is by no means a work of art; it’s plain old fashioned entertainment. Some of the actors in the supporting parts are stilted, and Elvis himself will never be confused with Brando or Dean. But Elvis was a singer, to this day the greatest in rock and roll history, and the musical numbers are first rate. Mickey Shaughnessy, who I can’t recall seeing anywhere else, is perfect for the part of Elvis’s hillbilly cell mate, and the tragic Judy Tyler shines as the leading lady. (For trivia buffs, she was Princess Summerfallwinterspring on the Howdy Doody Show.) And for those too young to remember the 50s, which probably includes the majority of this website’s users, this will provide a good sample of popular entertainment in that era.

One of Elvis’ greatest: 8/10

 
“It ain’t tactics, honey. It’s just the beast in me.” Elvis is smoldering in this classic flick, and he delivers a great performance as Vince Everett; a youngster who is thrown in jail on the charges of manslaughter, and then becomes a rock star when released. Judy Tyler is wonderful, and it’s a shame we lost her at such a young age. Mickey Shaughnessy gives a solid performance as Hunk Houghton, the jealous former cell mate and business partner. The soundtrack is amazing, featuring songs as Jailhouse Rock, Young And Beautiful, One More Day, Don’t Leave Me Now, and my favorite, I Want To Be Free. You can’t help but wonder how many other great movies like this Elvis could’ve made if his manager Col. Tom Parker didn’t screw things up for him. Ah well, see this great movie and enjoy, because it’s a one of a kind.

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