Whether you believe that Elvis Presley died in 1977 or that he is alive and coming out of hiding like a stone from time to time? Roll Big Foot, the king’s birthday is still Jan 8 The Hip Swiveler would have been 86 on Friday, and what could be better than summarizing five of his best films

Picking Five Is Not an Easy Task Elvis made 31 films from 1957 to 1969, and many are terrible (look at you, “Charro!”)

His roles often seem interchangeable – characters with monosyllabic names like Deke or Vince, who stick to the red-blooded straight-American man’s ethos: they work for themselves on their terms; They don’t take money from anyone, including families, so they can prove their worth they fight; They hunt women

Professions vary – they usually drive racing cars or boats – but all of them sing, of course, regardless of whether it’s their main appearance or a sideline (or the opening credits in “Charro!”, the only time Elvis is in the abyss 1969 west) All of these films are free to rent, buy, or stream on Amazon, Google Play, and other platforms

No wonder Elvis is at his best when he plays a singer, especially when the role follows the course of his real career. Three of the four films made before he served in the Army – “Loving You” (1956) , “Jailhouse Rock” (1957) and “King Creole” (1958) – fall into this category, and the second of them is his best film

“Jailhouse Rock” captures Elvis’ appeal in flawless black and white: hints of danger and sex, unbridled movements, disregard for the establishment, vulnerability and a heckuva singing voice. He plays Vince Everett, an ex-con man who runs the music world taken by storm and alienated those who helped him Elvis will never look as good as he does here, all the cracked collars, rolled-up sleeves shirts and the knitted sweater he wears by the pool when he “(you’re so square) baby I Don’t Care “sings” And who can forget that memorable line after a kiss was dismissed as a “cheap tactic”: “It’s not a tactic, honey It’s just the beast in me”

Barely a second in the Elvis pantheon, shares the black and white aesthetic of “Jailhouse Rock”. Here he is a worried high school dropout named Danny (the film is based on Harold Robbins’ novel “A Stone for Danny Fisher” ), who lives on the edge of the New Orleans mob world. He finds his star rising after singing for a Kingpin’s Minor (Carolyn Jones, aka Morticia from TV’s “Addams Family”) Elvis is supported by a stellar cast, including the also belong to Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow and Dolores Hart, who also played in “Loving You” (and later became a nun!)

It’s a moody movie highlighted by the shady, claustrophobic atmosphere of director Michael Curtiz, who directed “Casablanca,” “Mildred Pierce,” and a host of other classics Jagger adds a layer of pathos that Danny disapproves of t-keep-a-pharmacy-job father The songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Elvis mainstays who also contributed to “Jailhouse Rock”, represent with “Trouble” (“I was born standing up / and talk back”) and the theme song

Art loosely mimicked another phase of Elvis’ life in his post-army films, beginning with “G” from the 1960s I Blues “as the hungry young singer is replaced by a tamer, fun-loving Elvis, the one Soldiers Plays Who Plays Juliet Prowse to Win a Bet Elvis’ next films would more or less continue what “GI started blues, but with diminishing returns and less memorable songs

It wasn’t until 1964, when Viva Las Vegas paired him up with Ann-Margret, that the spark returned. Elvis is Lucky Jackson, a racing driver who needs money to buy an engine for the Las Vegas Grand Prix Ann-Margret is Rusty Martin, a swimming instructor who knows how to flutter and shake, she sings as many times as he does, holds up and then some against the king, and Elvis is up to the challenge “Viva Las Vegas” is brimming with chemistry and lights up the screen like the neon-veneered strip

After “Viva Las Vegas” Elvis tried the carnival life in “Roustabout”, which was known for the presence of Barbara Stanwyck and the Leiber-Stoller song “Little Egypt”, and then switched to three films with Shelley Fabares (Christine Armstrong) TV’s “Coach”) The first, “Girl Happy” from 1965, is the best of the bunch. Rusty Wells (Elvis) competes in a Chicago nightclub before a combo with It’s Spring Break and the boys (including Gary Crosby, son from Bing) drive to Fort Lauderdale If their trip is in jeopardy, they get an offer they can’t refuse: keep an eye on the nightclub owner’s daughter who is also going to the Sunshine State

The plot may be ridiculous, but “Girl Happy” is exuberantly fun, like a goofy, pastel-colored “Beach Party” movie with Elvis and Shelley instead of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello Elvis is a little out of place with bikinis and swimwear Square – for some reason he prefers long-sleeved velor shirts and pants – but he looks like he’s having a good time

In the late 1960s, Elvis turned a more serious tariff to the misunderstood Western “Charro!” The king looks like an outlaw trying to go straight but failing miserably to play the part. To be fair, he didn’t have much to do and there are no songs to detract from the terrible dialogue and incompetent direction At least “Change of Habit” from 1969 ended its mixed bag of a film career decently

The plot is a little absurd: Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair and Jane Elliot are nuns supposed to work as nurses with Elvis as the doctor who runs a clinic in a low-income neighborhood, but they do so incognito – the Logic They are not accepted if they have habits All of this leads to romantic misunderstandings between Elvis and Moore when Dr John Carpenter falls in love with sister Michelle

“Change of Habit” has a clichéd feel for downtown life, complete with a loan shark and bows (one makes sense in context and the other is gratuitous) and its seriousness comes across like a TV movie, but Elvis is most relaxed and natural since “Jailhouse Rock” “The peeled hair is gone and he’s even wearing a sweatshirt and tennis shoes in a scene where the gang is playing soccer. If that’s not enough, Ed Asner plays an understanding cop – the first time that Mary Richards and Lou Grant “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” appear together on the screen

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