Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

Robert D Webb (1956)

85min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
When 20th Century-Fox made a cheap black-and-white CinemaScope western called The Reno Brothers, they couldn't possibly have foreseen how one lucky stroke of casting would ensure their production costs back within the first three days of opening. For, as younger brother Clint Reno, rock 'n' roll sensation Elvis Presley made his screen debut, and the title of the movie was changed to that of its ballad, Love Me Tender. Elvis proved to be a natural screen presence and, although third-billed to stars Richard Egan and Debra Paget, effortlessly dominates the film. There's a marvellous mid-section where the whole plot stops to give audiences a taste of the singin' sensation in his prime, as Elvis performs Let Me and Poor Boy with that wonderful self-mocking air that distinguished his early performances. He knows he's good, and here the talent is still fresh and raw.

Summary

Three brothers come into conflict over the loot they stole from a Union wagon train during the Civil War. Musical Western, starring Elvis Presley in his film debut, with Richard Egan, Debra Paget and Robert Middleton.

Cast & Crew

Actor Elvis Presley
Actor Richard Egan
Actor Debra Paget
Actor Robert Middleton
Actor William Campbell
Director Robert D Webb
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama Music