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Elvis Returns to the Big Screen

July 7, 2009

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Malco is once again hosting the Elvis Film Festival on Aug. 11 this year.

The fest occurs during Elvis Week®, at Studio on the Square in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee. Tickets are $5 each and on sale now at the theatre box office & online. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Elvis Presley® Charitable Foundation.

Films this year include Fun in Acapulco, Roustabout, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole.

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Fun in Acapulco

Starring: Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress

Run Time: 97 min.

Rated: PG

Premiered: 1963

Director: Richard Thorpe – earlier had won a Directorial Achievement award for Ivanhoe (1952) and Great Caruso (1951)

Writer: Allan Weiss (also wrote Blue Hawaii and others)

Fun Fact – a Young Teri Garr is in one of the hotel scenes.

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Roustabout

Starring: Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, Leif Erickson

Run Time: 101 min.

Rated: PG

Premiered: 1964

Director: John Rich – best known for his direction of TV hit, All in the Family

Writer: Allan Weiss (also wrote Blue Hawaii and others)

Fun Fact – a Young Raquel Welch plays a college student in one of the scenes.

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Jailhouse Rock

Starring: Elvis Presley

Run Time: 96 min.

Premiered: 1957

Director: Richard Thorpe (see above)

Writer: Guy Trosper (nominated for an Oscar for writing The Pride of St. Louis)

Fun Fact – Disney is working on a new Jailhouse Rock through Varsity Pictures with Brian Robbins directing with a 2011 release date.

KING CREOLE

King Creole

Starring: Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau, Carolyn Jones

Run Time: 116 min.

Premiered: 1958

Rated: PG

Director: Michael Curtiz – director of Casablanca

Writer: Herbert Baker (known for Flip Wilson and The Danny kaye Show), Michael Vincente Gazzo (nominated for Oscar for supporting role in Godfather 2, primarily an actor)

Fun Fact – Last black and white film Elvis worked on – and of course Curtiz became Elvis’ favorite director after working on this film.

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