Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1967)

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“Come to me now and take my hand”

First of all, this is not Elvis’s best film. Elvis’s 21st film was Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Released May 25th, 1967, This musical comedy was the third and final film Elvis filmed in Hawaii. This is when the movies started to take a more obvious turn. Though this film is enjoyable, it has aspects of it that you could just tell Elvis himself was embarrassed by. Elvis was beginning to notice the obvious similarities in all of his Hal Wallis films and was tired of it. Hal Wallis b21cce3b652a4b451d2d4e9bf257caeesaid he made Elvis pictures so he could afford to make real movies. Due to that attitude from the producer, Elvis stopped caring. He showed up late to set and gave a mediocre performance. I cannot blame him for that decision at all.

The Colonel confronted Elvis for looking tired and saving people would not go to see a washed up Elvis. With these films and storylines, Elvis was not the problem. The film had a budget of $2 million, the film managed to make $2.5 million at the box office.Elvis was beginning to notice the obvious similarities in all of his Hal Wallis films, nd was tired of it. Hal Wallis said he made Elvis pictures so he could afford to make real movies. Due to that attitude from the producer, Elvis stopped caring. He showed up late to set and gave a mediocre performance. I cannot blame him for that decision at all. With these films and storylines, Elvis was not the problem. The film had a budget of $2 million, the film managed to make $2.5 million at the box office.

Scratch My Back

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Elvis stars as Rick Richards who has just returned home in Hawaii after being fired from being a pilot. Rick and his friend, Danny Kohana (James Shigeta), decide to go into a helicopter business together. Since there are many love interests in Rick’s life, it soon causes problems with the business itself. Because of this reality, it may cost Danny his home. Danny goes on a flight and is gone for hours. Though Rick has been grounded by government officials, he fears something bad has happened to Danny. After contemplating on what to do, he goes in search of him and finds his helicopter crashed and Danny injured. Rick rescues Danny and takes him home. Like most of the other films Elvis made, the problems are solved. Rick also decides on only one love interest, which creates a less complicated lifestyle.

Drums Of The Islands

This Is My Heaven

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There have always been aspects of this film that I have loved, but mostly those that I have hated. Consequently, I felt bad for Elvis while watching this movie. I once said Elvis was like Barbie, meaning, you could give him the right clothes and accessories and he could be anything. It is clear these are not the films Elvis had envisioned for himself. He wanted to be taken seriously as an actor, yet he was given these pictures to pay for “better” films. This is not what he had pictured for himself and his talent was being wasted in these mediocre films.

Though I watch it because I love Elvis, this is probably one of the worst. I must say, that even hurt to type. Elvis is the most talented and influential artist to ever exist. He essentially created an entire genre of music and ended up creating films like this. While this film is awful, it is still not the worst.

TCB,

Little Sister

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