By Bob Pakes
Original stills from the 1960 movie.
53 years onwards it’s still a good, well made movie I can watch from beginning to end,
without dozing off, as has happened with just about all movie titles that followed
Fantastic topic, I have some real nice memorabilia from this gem. Keep them coming Bob!
Ger, I made it a rule never to go against you but … uh … never mind :-)
Gerrit, please never hold back. You can say anything you like on this site.
And I would welcome a bit of discussion on this, or other topics…
Problem for me is, I just don’t like most of his post Army movies. With the
exception of parts in Viva Las Vegas ( C’mon Everybody and I Need Somebody
To Lean On) the 60s flicks are weak , and at times sheer horror. If I’m in the
mood for a good comedy, I will pick out one with Jack Lemon… If I want to watch
some action I’ll pick one with Robert de Niro or Clint Eastwood.
And that’s why I only rate G.I.Blues and Flaming Star as the only two post
Army movies still worthwhile watching these days. A matter of taste, I know.
What’s the story behind the colourized stills Ger? Coulors are so bright and unnatural. Looks a bit Andy Warhol-ish…
Maybe its because i became an Elvis fan through his movies that i may have an other opinion on those Hollywood years altough there`s no excuse for flicks like Easy Come Easy Go, lets be honest Spongebob squarepants makes more sense….then again being a collector of Elvis movie posters especially from Belgium i have a weakness fot those movies…but to be honest NOTHING beats Elvis singing Ready Teddy on the Ed sullivan show, watching it on super 8mm…WOW.
By the way the Belgium King Creole poster (De Kreool Koning) is an Orgasm for the eyes :-)
I guess the colourisation is similar to those of the set of 7 usa lobby cards (number 8 was a title card), i believe this was done for magazine publications purpose but then again… i may be wrong, tell us Bob??? :-)
The first time I laid eyes on a set of black & white stills colourised were the
ones from Love Me Tender. I don’t think it had anything to do with magazine
publication purposes, for their was plenty of real color shots around at the time.
I believe this had to do with re-releasing some of the titles for U.S. theaters in
the early to mid 60s. The original lobby cards had all been worn out , and it
was a lot cheaper to hand- colourise the stills, instead of re-printing the larger
lobby cards in full color. The only time ( that I know of ) the large 1950s lobby cards
were re-printed, was to tie in with the re-releases of LMT and King Creole circa
1960…? The LMT color images were replaced by black & white images while the
King Creole lobby cards were printed in Black & Orange colours only, to save on
printing cost. Do correct me if I’m wrong.
Thanks for the info Ger, did not know that of the hand coloured movie stills!
Thanks for the info Ger.
Cool stuff! Barbara Eden was so hot!
If its of any interest, the guitar Elvis used in this movie is the same one used in Love Me Tender. see http://scottymoore.net/epm_fox_prop.html
Keep em coming
My all-time favorite Elvis-movie. Elvis is great in this movie with a great supporting cast. Somebody should make an INSIDE FLAMING STAR book one of these days. This movie deserves it. There should have been more Elvis-movies like this one, instead of these horror-flicks that followed it.
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