- Elvis Presley filmography
1956, following his rise to stardom in the rock and rollmusical 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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