The Wild West
Cowboys and Pioneers
Taming a Frontier
Individualist Law Unto Oneself
The western films of Elvis Presley
Love Me Tender
A period piece made in living memory of the time period.
Originally called The Reno Brothers, the movie was renamed for the hit song on the soundtrack after Elvis sang it on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Elvis is the youngest brother, left behind on the farm, who marries the girl of his idolized older brother; presumed dead in combat.
The three Older Reno Brothers learn of the war’s end after they pull a payroll heist attack on the Yankees, then return home with their spoils of war.
The law catches up and the three older Reno brothers deal with the law while their combat troop cohorts turn Vance against them.
Vance dies putting things to right and the family goes on with the combat scarred brothers and the loss of the one who stayed safe at home.
War has a way of not limiting itself to a battlefield.
Elvis does his best Brando playing mixed heritage Pacer Burton. A man caught between his father’s white culture and his mother’s native one.
what difference does a single word make?
Flaming Star delivers that rare western that examined the impact of the culture clash and stands as one of the top 100 Westerns on the American list of films.
Love Me Tender and Flaming Star are the only movies Elvis dies on. Flaming Star did not repeat the mistake of an onscreen death, so the crying and pandemonium of the first movie didn’t happen in this one.
A modern western of sorts. Elvis is a cowboy on a women ranch, with the “plot” twisting to a ghost old west town and a goofy sequence of cowboy parody. Sort of a comedy western if you think about it not hard or long enough.
This movie ironically has one of the best soundtracks, instead of new songs, it just used the Elvis is Back return album of blues and rock that is one of Elvis’ best LPs.
It was made on the cheap and allowed United Artists to continue to exist as a studio.
Elvis saves the Studio founded by Charlie Chaplain and other Hollywood luminaries and gets made fun of as thanks.
Stay Away Joe
This is the most shameful movie in Elvis’ career.
Reversing everything that Flaming Star was, this movie pandered to the lowest stereotype of Indigenous Peoples and while does make some government pot shots, is devoid of any social commentary value.
I am surprise Elvis managed to maintain any professionalism and do more than 1 take of this song:
He was the first actor to get a piece of the boxoffice and the only leading actor who never had script approval.
Elvis is an outlaw framed by his former gang while he’s trying to live a more lawful life.
This is one of my fave Elvis movies and showed Elvis a lot grittier than in previous movies.
It’s too bad that just as he was burnt out on movies, he was actually coming into his own in acting terms. Certainly, his later movies with the social commentary stand out from his popcorn flick output.
I know that watch Elvis movies has helped a lot over my recovering process, because in a way Parker was right,
We didn’t want to see Elvis change the world on screen. He did that in the actual world.
We wanted to see what our fantasy of him was.