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Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 8 November 1957 (USA)
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After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Guy Trosper (screenplay), Nedrick Young (story) (as Ned Young)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Vince Everett
Judy Tyler Judy Tyler ... Peggy Van Alden
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Hunk Houghton
Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Shores
Jennifer Holden Jennifer Holden ... Sherry Wilson
Dean Jones ... Teddy Talbot
Anne Neyland ... Laury Jackson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norm Johnson Norm Johnson ... Dancer Jailhouse scene
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Storyline

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? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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Taglines:

His first big dramatic singing role! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le rock du bagne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film released about 4 months after Young and Beautiful, 24-year old, leading lady Judy Tyler's tragic death in the car crash. See more »

Goofs

When Peggy and Vince leave the listening booth at the record store, Peggy slapped the record on top of the pile in her hand. In the next shot the record is no longer visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Construction Worker: Here comes the sugar man.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jailhouse Cock (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Jailhouse Rock
(uncredited)
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
Choreographed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis's best film
8 January 2005 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

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. 7/10


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