Jailhouse Rock

Thursday, May 24
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1hr 36mins // directed by:Richard Thorpe // featuring:Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy // 35mm

Elvis Presley's third and best film is this musical romp released in 1957, just as the Big "E" was reaching the peak of his hip-swiveling pre-army success.

Filmed in ultra-cool black and white, the movie stars Elvis as a good ol' boy who saves a woman from an assault but kills her attacker, so he's convicted of manslaughter and sent to jail. While doing time he takes up the guitar and becomes a singing sensation, ready for the big time when he's finally released.

Short on plot but heavy on rock & roll, this Elvis Presley classic features such hit songs as "Treat Me Nice," "Baby, I Don't Care," "Don't Leave Me Now," and, of course, the classic title song, performed in an elaborate jailhouse number that Elvis choreographed himself.