- Flaming Star
name = Flaming Star
caption = Theatrical release poster
Don Siegel Michael D. Moore
Clair Huffaker(novel) Clair Huffaker Nunnally Johnson
Elvis Presley Barbara Eden
Cyril J. Mockridge
Charles G. Clarke
Hugh S. Fowler
20th Century Fox
December 20, 1960
runtime = 101 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0053825
"Flaming Star" is a 1960 western film starring
Elvis Presley, based on the book "Flaming Lance" ( 1958) by Clair Huffaker. A dramatic role, it is said that Elvis Presleygave one of his best acting performances as the half-breed"Pacer Burton." The film's working title was "Black Star". It was directed by Don Siegel.
Elvis Presleyplays Pacer Burton, the son of a Kiowamother and a Texasrancher father. Along with his half-brother, Clint, the four of them live a typical life on the Texas frontier. Life soon becomes anything but typical when a nearby tribe of Kiowa begin raiding neighboring homesteads. Pacer soon finds himself caught between the two worlds, part of both but belonging to neither.
Elvis Presleyas Pacer Burton
Barbara Edenas Roslyn Pierce
*Steve Forrest as Clint Burton
Dolores del Rioas Neddy Burton
John McIntireas Sam 'Pa' Burton
Rodolfo Acostaas Buffalo Horn
Karl Swensonas Dred Pierce
Ford Raineyas Doc Phillips
soundtrackwas not released as an albumas the film contains only two songs; only "Flaming Star" was released on an EP entitled "Elvis By Request - Flaming Star" to coincide with the film's release. Two other songs, "Britches" and "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears", were originally scheduled to be part of the movie but in the end were not included. "Summer Kisses" was released on the "Elvis by Request" EP and would later appear on the compilation album "Elvis for Everyone" five years later. "Britches" and "Cane and a High Starched Collar" (the second song to actually be included in the film) would not be released until after Presley's death as part of RCA Records' "A Legendary Performer" series. An early version of "Flaming Star", using the film's working title, "Black Star", was also recorded and not released until the 1990s.
"Flaming Star" was the first Presley film not to have a full soundtrack release in either LP or EP form (although the "Elvis by Request" release come close). This would happen again in 1961 with "
Wild in the Country", and become standard procedure for Presley's later films, beginning with " Stay Away, Joe".
*Elvis Presley (vocals)
The Jordanaires(background vocals)
Howard Roberts, Tiny Timbrell(guitars)
Myer Rubin, (bass)
Bernie Mattinson, Buddy Harman, (drums)
*"Flaming Star" - (
Sid Wayne& Sherman Edwards)
*"A Cane and a High Starched Collar" - (
Sid Tepper& Roy C. Bennett)
* This was Elvis' first non-musical film role. It did not perform as well at the box office as his musicals, leading
Colonel Tom Parkerto decree that Presley would perform only in musicals from here on. Elvis wouldn't release another non-musical film until 1969's " Charro!" -- another western.
* The role of Pacer was originally written for
Marlon Brando, whilst Frank Sinatrawas suggested for the role of the elder brother.
* The original female lead was English actress
Barbara Steelewho was replaced with Barbara Edenduring filming
* This movie's publicity still of Elvis was used by
Andy Warholto create several silkscreens: "Double Elvis", "Triple Elvis", and "Elvis 11 Times".
List of Elvis Presley films
Elvis Presley discography
*imdb title|id=0053825|title=Flaming Star
* [http://www.elvis-presley-biography.com/ElvisWomen-BarbaraEden.htm 'Flaming Star' co-star, Barbara Eden, remembers Elvis Presley] at [http://www.elvis-presley-biography.com/ ElvisPresleyBiography.com] .
* [http://www.elvispresley.com.au/elvis/presley/flaming_star.shtml Movie review] by [http://www.elvispresley.com.au/ For Elvis Fans Only]
* [http://apolloguide.com/mov_fullrev.asp?CID=4386&Specific=5168 Review] by Rachel Sanders at [http://apolloguide.com/index.shtml Apollo Movie Guide] .
* [http://www.digitallyobsessed.com/showreview.php3?ID=3792 Review] by Jon Danziger at [http://www.digitallyobsessed.com/index.php3 digitallyOBSESSED!] , August 12, 2002.
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