Elvis Presley is one of the greatest and most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. He held the title of the King of Rock and Roll. He started his career as a singer, and also ventured into acting. He had starred in over 30 films. January 8 marks the birth anniversary of this music icon. Read on to know more about the films that featured Elvis Presley.
Viva Las Vegas is a 1964 musical film, directed by George Sidney. It featured Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in the lead roles. It is regarded by fans and film critics as one of Presley's best films. The movie was a big hit at the box-office, and it was one of the top-grossing films of 1964. The plot of the film revolves around Lucky Jackson, played by Elvis, who goes to Las Vegas, Nevada to participate in the city's first annual Grand Prix Race. However, his race car, an Elva Mk.6 Maserati, is in need of a new engine in order to compete in the event, and how he manages to get the necessary funds.
King Creole is a 1958 musical drama flick directed by Michael Curtiz. It features Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau in the lead roles. It is based on the 1952 novel titled A Stone for Danny Fisher and is written by Harold Robbins. It has been reported that Elvis once said that out of all the characters he has played, the character of Danny Fisher was his favourite. The film was released by Paramount Pictures, on July 2, 1958, and received both critical and commercial success. Elvis garnered a huge fan base in the aftermath of this film.
Jailhouse Rock is a 1957 musical drama flick directed by Richard Thorpe. It features Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, and Mickey Shaughnessy in the lead role. The screenplay of the film is written by Guy Trosper, and the plot of the film revolves around the character of Elvis, who accidentally kills a co-worker and ends up in jail. It is one of his best movies and was adored by fans.