Saturday Night Nostalgia: Elvis on the silver screen 52



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Love_me_tender423Today in 1956, Elvis Presley made his on-screen debut in Love Me Tender, the Western musical film. It sparked the huge success of the ‘Love Me Tender’ single, which was the first song ever to sell 1 million records.

In ‘Love Me Tender’, Presley plays Clint Reno, the youngest son of 4 in an Army family. The family is told that the oldest brother Vance has been killed in battle, only for him to return and find that his girlfriend has married Clint (Elvis). This issue carries on throughout the film as the family struggles to come to terms with the changes. The film continues to reveal problems between the brothers, including a robbery and shootout, where Elvis’s character dies.

Elvis was known for his singing but he tried his hand at acting, with an impressive 33 feature films under his belt in less than 20 years. After Love Me Tender, Presley was conscripted to the army for two years from 1958-1960, before making his musical and theatrical return. The 1960 film G.I. Blues was a reimagining of his time in the US Army and its soundtrack spent 111 weeks on the Billboard Charts. By far the most popular film for Elvis Presley was Viva Las Vegas, an unofficial tune for the popular tourist city, which returned more than $9 million in profit.

Tonight in Saturday Night Nostalgia, we take a look back at Elvis’s best films! Which was your favourite?

Viva Las Vegas


Love Me Tender

Jailhouse Rock

G.I Blues

Blue Hawaii

Girls, Girls, Girls


What is your favourite Elvis film? What about song? Tell us below.

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  1. Loved him whatever he did. Went to Nashville last year & his home & saw all his awards & clothes. Also the Hall of Fame. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Had a weep at his grave. Also where he grew up & the stairs where he sat as a young boy strumming his guitar. Fantastic.

  2. Films great until he had those stupid ones after he left army. Cannot beat his singing tho, he will always be “The King”

  3. I have also been to Graceland and Tupelo and was surprised by how moved I was. I asked one of the young black women guides if dhe understood all the fuss, given as she would not have been born when Elvis died.Her reply? “Well Ma’am, all I know is about 6 million people come here every year….and most of them cry!”

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