Elvis Presley filmography

Elvis Presley filmography

In 1956, following his rise to stardom in the rock and roll musical arena, singer "Elvis Presley" launched a parallel career as a film actor, beginning with the musical western film, "Love Me Tender" (although he had previously appeared in an unreleased 1955 production, "The Pied Piper of Cleveland"). The majority of Presley's films were of the musical-comedy genre (examples include "Loving You" and "Blue Hawaii") with poor scripting and similar plotlines, although he also appeared in dramatic films with musical interludes (examples include "Jailhouse Rock" and "King Creole"). He also made two non-musical films, both westerns: "Flaming Star" and "Charro", although he still performed at least one song in each. By the mid-1960s, Presley's career was primarily focused on film production, with virtually his only releases of new material during this time being soundtrack recordings.

The quality of Elvis Presley's films varied widely, and a quote attributed to Presley in the documentary "This is Elvis" alleges some of the films even made him physically ill. Following the 1969 production, "Change of Habit", Presley shifted his career back to recording and touring and his remaining film appearances were in two concert films/documentaries in the early 1970s, although Presley reportedly continued to consider dramatic movie roles.



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