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Girls Girls Girls

By Blogcritics/ David BowlingJul 10, 2008
Girls Girls Girls is not considered to be one of the better Elvis Presley films. It was universally panned at the time of its release. Yet Girls Girls Girls remains the only Elvis Presley film to be nominated for a major award. It was nominated for a best picture Golden Globe in the musical or comedy category for 1963. It lost to Music Man but at least one of Elvis’ films was so honored.
I consider Girls Girls Girls to be an average Elvis film. That means it was pleasant, inoffensive and goes well with a bucket of popcorn. Elvis was back in Hawaii trying to buy a boat so he could stay in business and of course was involved in a love triangle. He performed 14 musical numbers in this film.

The soundtrack album to Girls Girls Girls was released November 9, 1962 and reached number three on the national charts. It continued the success of Elvis’ soundtrack releases as it earned a gold record for sales.

“Return To Sender” was pulled from the album and released as a single. It rose to number two in the United States, selling over a million copies, and was a worldwide hit. This mid-tempo pop track remains one of Elvis’ signature songs. There were several other quality songs contained on this album. The title song “Girls Girls Girls” was a smooth up-tempo number that still makes most people smile. The rocking “I Don’t Wanna Be Tied” and "Thanks To The Rolling Sea” are both very listenable and stand on their own merits outside of the movie’s context.

The downside of Girls Girls Girls is that it is the first film to present a growing number of poorer quality songs. It is only because of Elvis’ voice that many of them are even acceptable. In this film, at least, he is able to rise above the lack of quality in much of the material. “The Walls Have Ears,” "We’re Comin’ In Loaded,” “We’ll Be Together” and others strain Elvis to the max to provide a credible performance. Songs of this nature would become all too common as the 1960’s progressed.

When reviewing or even thinking about Girls Girls Girls, “Song Of The Shrimp” must be mentioned. Listening to the song on the album does not do it justice. This song must be seen in the movie to be appreciated. Who else but Elvis would sing a song about luring a shrimp into a pot of gumbo and make it interesting. He makes the listener want to jump into the net with the aforementioned shrimp. I don’t know if this performance was great but it sure was memorable.

Girls Girls Girls finds Elvis seemingly engaged, looking trim, and appearing happy. While this may not be a great film or a particularly memorable soundtrack, it is still talked about and purchased more than 40 years after its release. Not many films or albums have enjoyed such longevity.
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Dixieland Rock (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 13, 2008report abuse
I've never understood why they allowed songs like "Earth Boy" or "Dainty Litle Moonbeams" (or whatever the title of that song is), to be recorded much less be included in this film. Having the gift of looking back with hindsight is so frustrating. But why didn't they raise the bar when it came to song choices. Obviously great songs like "Return To Sender" would no doubt be hits even on radio airplay. Why couldn't they keep songs to this level or otherwise not allow them to be recorded or used in the film? I know the word "filler" is often used to describe the remaining songs in most of these films."Filler" should never entered their vocabulary and then we could have been spared the awful songs such as "Earthboy". If I had dollar for everytime I played this song, I might have $10 at the most. So many missed opportunities. Hindsight is so frustrating.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 11, 2008report abuse
The worst Elvis movie. That´s my opinion. The only song I really like is We´ll be together. Songs like Thanks to the rolling sea and Earth boy are awful, just awful. I actually prefer a picture like Harum Scarum, because it is so different. And Stella Stevens, didn´t she accuse Elvis for being drunk?
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 11, 2008report abuse
if I remember correctly didn't stella spend the remainder of career life slating Elvis?
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2008report abuse
Agree busboy - what ever happened to Laurel after this movie? Sort of like the one in Roustabout. Zero sex appeal and no chemistry with the King at all and she's one of the reasons I dont like to watch this movie. Wish we have had more of Stella Stevens in the movie.
busboy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2008report abuse
has to be the worst leading lady in an Elvis film ( not Stella Stevens i mean the other one ).
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2008report abuse
Like most Elvis movies, I cant sit thru this one all the way anymore, so I skip to the parts where Stella Stevens is shown or where there are songs I like.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2008report abuse
horrible movie, some good songs though (Return to sender a.o.)and some very bad songs(we're comin' in loaded).
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2008report abuse
i like dthe movie as a kid and still like it as an adult. the ongs were good for the most part. but i wish his movies were like king creole. i wish we couldve seen elvis play a bad guy too that wouldve rocked lol.
dressingroomrehearsa (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 10, 2008report abuse
here they go with palm trees, girls and guitars...¦-) I liked the finale in the film, that special take of girls girls girls... and that was all about it, oh I forgot I Don't Wanna Be Tied...the Elvis ending
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 9, 2008report abuse
I think the writer uses the term "film" in this case to mean Elvis' narrative films.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 9, 2008report abuse
I find Girls! Girls! Girls! much more entertaining then say, Harum Scarum. Enjoyable soundtrack with yes, too many songs running the gamut from excellent down to the usual situational filler.
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 9, 2008report abuse
Elvis on Tour won a Golden Globe award so to say this movie was the only Elvis picture to be nominated for a major award is incorrect.

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