Tag Archives: King Creole

Podcast: Watch With Jen: Let’s talk about Elvis!

Well, THIS was a blast. Jen Johans had me onto her excellent podcast again to talk about 5 Elvis movies of my choosing! I picked: King Creole, Flaming Star, Girl Happy, Live a Little Love a Little and The Trouble … Continue reading

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August 2023 Viewing Diary

Oppenheimer (2023; d. Christopher Nolan) In general, I am not a Nolan fan (the only one of his I liked was Dunkirk), and I went into this hesitantly because I read an interview with him where he said the whole … Continue reading

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Criterion Channel: Coming in July

7 Elvis movies! More to come.

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— The great Wesley Morris with another slam-dunk, a piece I wish I had thought to write. But that’s why I love him so much: he writes stuff I’ve felt, in an inchoate unformed way, and he puts words to … Continue reading

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For Film Comment: Elvis, Actor

I am so happy to sing the praises for Film Comment‘s TCM Diary of an acting career that has been ignored, dismissed, scorned, from the jump. I’ve written about Elvis’ acting a lot here on my site, but rarely anywhere … Continue reading

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King Creole (1958): The Dreamspace of “New Orleans”

Young Danny Fisher (Elvis Presley) in King Creole (1958) is a high school flunky a couple times over (“I’m not going back to school. Before you know it, I’ll be a freshman again”), working jobs as a busboy in seedy … Continue reading

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A QA with Jeremy Richey about Elvis Presley As An Actor

Jeremy Richey’s site Moon in the Gutter has been an almost-daily pitstop for me ever since I discovered it years ago. He approaches his topics with passion and enthusiasm, and reminds me of one of those buttons on Facebook that … Continue reading

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Review: HBO’s God Is the Bigger Elvis

Mother Prioress Dolores Hart today With her leading man, 1957 The Oscar-nominated documentary God is the Bigger Elvis aired on HBO last night. My review is now up at Press Play.

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God is the Bigger Elvis (2012)

This piece originally appeared on Press Play. Mother Prioress Dolores Hart describes her first night in the Regina Laudis Abbey, after taking her vows as a novice in the Benedictine order: “The first night I felt like I had jumped … Continue reading

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Elvy and Valty

Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau, Carolyn Jones, “King Creole” Walter Matthau in a BBC interview on working with Elvis Presley in the Michael Curtiz-directed King Creole (Curtiz famously had an incomprehensible Hungarian accent): I almost hesitate, I creep up to the … Continue reading

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