Jailhouse Rock

Jailhouse Rock

Richard Thorpe (1957)

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This is Elvis Presley's glorious third movie, after Love Me Tender and Loving You, when the snarl and talent were for once harnessed to a suitable plot under the experienced direction of MGM veteran Richard Thorpe. Presley plays an ex-con whose subsequent Hollywood success goes to his head, causing former cellmate Mickey Shaughnessy to lay him flat with a blow to his money-spinning larynx. Elvis creates a most unlikeable character in Vince Everett, at the same time revealing an acting talent on a par with that of James Dean, only previously hinted at in his first two movies. In addition, Elvis himself choreographed the stunning title number, making excellent use of the CinemaScope format, but it's his open-air delivery of the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller song Baby, I Don't Care that really stirs the blood. Leading lady Judy Tyler was tragically killed in a car crash soon after shooting was completed (this was only her second movie after starring on Broadway), and Elvis himself couldn't bear to watch this film for that reason.


A petty hoodlum imprisoned for manslaughter is taught how to play the guitar by his cellmate and becomes an international rock 'n' roll star. Musical drama, starring Elvis Presley, Dean Jones and Mickey Shaughnessy.

Cast & Crew

Vince Everett Elvis Presley
Peggy Van Alden Judy Tyler
Hunk Houghton Mickey Shaughnessy
Mr Shores Vaughn Taylor
Sherry Wilson Jennifer Holden
Teddy Talbot Dean Jones
Laury Jackson Anne Neyland
Pianist Mike Stoller
Director Richard Thorpe
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: video and DVD
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