Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy Birthday: Elvis Presley!

Elvis(January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll".

Clambake(1967). Cast: Elvis Presley and Shelley Fabares.

Scott Heyward, son of a rich oil tycoon decides to leave his home, so he can discover life for himself. He runs into Tom Wilson, a water-skiing instructor. Tom offers to switch places with Scott so they can experience what life is like in each other's shoes. While Tom, posing as Scott, checks into the hotel, Scott starts giving skiing lessons to Dianne Carter, who is out to snag James Jamison III, a competitor in the annual Orange Bowl Power Boat Regatta. Scott also wants competing in the event, he refuses to use one of the three boats he owns in Texas. Instead, he drives a boat designed by Sam Burton. Since Burton's craft went to pieces in the last race because of defective protective coating, Scott sends for an experimental hardener called "Goop," which he himself developed in his father's laboratory. Who will win the race and the girl?

A fun Elvis movie.  Loved the plot of him changing places with the ski instructor.  Elvis, Shelley, Will, and all the cast are just fabulous!

Fun Facts:

Production was halted for nearly two weeks in the middle of filming when Elvis fell and hit his head in the mansion he was living in during the shooting, resulting in his suffering a mild concussion.

Among the kids during the "Confidence" scene is a young Corbin Bernsen and renowned Southern California real estate agent Tony Yollin. The girl afraid to go down the slide, to whom Elvis sings, is Lisa Slagle, who later joined the Joffrey Ballet.

Harold Peary, who was famous for playing "The Great Gildersleeve" on radio in the 1940s, plays a bit part as the hotel doorman.

The red car driven by Elvis was a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer.

Set in Florida. Virtually the entire film was shot in Southern California (resulting in the scene with the sun seemingly setting over the ocean in the East). Several exterior "Florida" scenes also have very conspicuous California mountains in the background.

Shelley Fabares (born January 19, 1944) is an actress and singer. Fabares is known for her roles as Donna Reed's oldest child, "Mary Stone," on The Donna Reed Show (from 1958 to 1963), and as Craig T. Nelson's love interest and eventual wife, Christine Armstrong Fox, on the sitcom Coach. She was also Elvis Presley's costar in three films.

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