|NEW BOOK SAYS ELVIS' FAVOURITE FILM WAS A FLOP
September 16, 2015 - Examiner / Elvis Express Radio
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Elvis Presley made 31 feature films during his career and they all turned a profit, but some did much better than others. In fact, the films that did well ended up dictating the kind of
acting roles that Elvis would be stereotyped in throughout his career.
The new book, Elvis: Behind The Legend: Startling Truths About The King of Rock and Roll's Life, Loves, Films and Music, released on September 16 in paperback, reveals for the
first time a detailed ranking of all 31 Presley films by real-time box office earnings. No book has ever before attempted to rank Elvis' films because the data was not easy to come by.
The extensive research reveals that The King of Rock and Roll's favorite film that he starred in actually did poorly at the box office when compared to his other films. King Creole,
which was originally intended for James Dean before his tragic death in 1955, turned out to be "one of the least successful of Elvis's films," according to the film's producer, Hal
A favorite among critics, King Creole, showcased Elvis in a more serious and dramatic role. However, according to Variety, the film did not earn enough to be included in the 78 films
listed on their "Top Grossers" List for 1958, the year of the film's release.
Not making Variety's "Top Grossers" list signaled a poor return at the box office for King Creole, Elvis's fourth film. Presley's first three films, Love Me Tender, Loving You and
Jailhouse Rock, each ranked in the top 25 films of the year they were released, earning between $8 and $9 million dollars apiece at the time. In contrast, King Creole only earned
$2.6 million. An historical tally of box office receipts in Elvis: Behind The Legend shows that King Creole, which ultimately ranks 27 out of all 31 Presley films, was one of the least
successful movies of Presley's career.
As a result, Paramount who released King Creole, did not offer Elvis Presley anymore dramatic roles for the next 7 films they did with him. However, in the early 1960s, Presley still
had another chance to show his more serious side in the 20th Century Fox films, Wild in the Country and Flaming Star, which rank 19th and 22nd of all Presley films, respectively.
Nevertheless, these earnings did not compare to Presley's top films like Viva Las Vegas, Blue Hawaii and G.I. Blues. As a result, The King of Rock and Roll was stuck in formulaic
romantic comedy musicals that the public almost always responded to for the remainder of his film career.
More stunning revelations in Elvis: Behind The Legend include:
His hidden speech impediment
How he truly felt about rock and roll
The famous outfit Elvis hated to wear
How Elvis learned to bump and grind
Why serving in the army terrified him
How Elvis launched his career by accident
The woman who stood between Elvis and Priscilla
What his ultimate ambition in show business really was
Why he sang with a professed hater of rock and roll
Why Elvis was willing to give up his career
The acclaimed Elvis film that was surprisingly a flop
What really happened when Elvis met The Beatles
The tragic backstory to Jailhouse Rock
Why Elvis never attended any of his movie premieres
The real reason Elvis went to meet President Nixon
How Elvis designed his own gravesite
Who was bigger - Elvis or The Beatles?
By looking beneath the surface, this book gives music fans an insight into The King of Rock and Roll like never before.