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Turner Classic Movies Devotes A Day To Elvis

August 06, 2007 | Other
Turner Classic Movies will devote a day to Elvis on the 30th anniversary of his passing. The schedule for August 16th is listed below.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 (all times Eastern)

6:00 AM Stay Away Joe (’68)
7:45 AM Charro! (’69)
9:30 AM Elvis: That’s the Way it Is – Special Edition (’01)
11:15 AM Speedway (’68)
1:00 PM Double Trouble (’67)
2:45 PM Spinout (’66)
4:30 PM Harum Scarum (’65)
6:15 PM Kissin’ Cousins (’64)
8:00 PM Jailhouse Rock (’57)
10:00 PM Viva Las Vegas (’64)
11:30 PM Clambake (’67)
1:30 AM Wild in the Country (’61) TCM Premiere
dbacke1 wrote on August 06, 2007
I think it's nice that TCM is doing this, but don't you think they could have picked a few better films. There are some good ones in here, but "Charro", "Speedway", and "Clambake" are not some of the best ones, and they were definitely not among Elvis' favorites, either. I think maybe more of the earlier movies would have been better choices. I think they also should have at least selected "This Is Elvis" and maybe even the '68 Special or Aloha, something more concert-oriented. Any opinions on this?
Steve V wrote on August 06, 2007
Charro is a good pick if only because it had a good cast, & was not a typical guy/girl/beach/racecar driver movie. At least it was an attempt at something different. The ones to avoid in this crop in my opinion are Kissin Cousins (very cheaply made, my kids even thought it was silly), Harum Scarum (nuff said!), and Clambake (tired formula at that point with Elvis going thru the motions). The others are OK but then again when you talk about Elvis movies there are only about 10 worthwhile viewing.
Jerome wrote on August 06, 2007
Turner always comes up with some Elvismovies on the anniversaryday, appreciate it.
Nimy wrote on August 06, 2007
12 movies than nothing....Thank TCM.
kingrichard146 wrote on August 06, 2007
People have their favourite Elvis on tape or DVD to watch at home. Why discuss what Turner does on TV as that matters to to a true Elvis fan.
JerryNodak wrote on August 06, 2007
These aren't necessarily the 12 I'd pick, but everybody has their personal favorite(s), and Turner doesn't own all 33. They certainly don't own the rights to the '68 Comeback or Aloha. Steve V: I'm buying the Warner DVD collection that contains "Kissin' Cousins" so I'll never have to wait for TCM to show it again.
emjel wrote on August 06, 2007
What will be interesting is whether or not they show the newly mastered widescreen versions of Charro & Kissin Cousins with the re-established Smokey Mountain Boy.
Keriaboo wrote on August 06, 2007
The first point is that TCM are the only ones who ever do a whole day to Elvis every year so plus points to them. As for the films...well each to their own. Stay Away Joe, should be Stay WELL Away as it's one of his worst. I like Charro! as it was an attempt at something different and is an OK (not great) western. TTWII is fantastic, Speedway is a great late period Elvis film, Double Trouble is pretty bad, Spinout is as bad as Elvis is chubby in it, Harum Scarum, is dreadful, Kissin' Cousins is ok but cheap, Jailhouse Rock is an all time classic, Viva Las Vegas is fantastic, Clambake is trash and Wild In The Country is a brave attempt if flawed. I won't watch it as I have the ones I like but it's good just to remember. After all let's face it the 30th anniversary is a bit of a let down as far as originality goes.
Rejane wrote on August 07, 2007
Sorry to disagree, but I love Clambake, I'm a sucker for a romantic story AND I enjoyed most of the songs. A lot of those other movies are the weaker ones but Elvis is Elvis!
Paul Reno wrote on August 07, 2007
I love Elvis's films. I know they aren't the best in the world, but they remind me of being a kid and missing school to stay at home to watch his films! I actually like his movies. I am looking forward to purchasing the new remastered DVD's. I think his movies have a charm of their own and hope younger fans will feel the same way I did.
efan4ever wrote on August 07, 2007
People always have to complain about something. Ingrates.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on August 08, 2007
Dont sweat it efan4ever,just oppions,its good that they think enough of him to show his movies for a entire day!
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on August 08, 2007
By the way,anyone else love kid galahad? i didnt mean to hit him like that,but it was getting unconformable in there do i still get my 5 dollars?
mergirl wrote on August 10, 2007
Have to agree with a couple of responses on the list; I do love Kid Galahad, Elvis is so cute and most of the songs are favourites really lovely. I don't know why so many people hate Clambake? Elvis looks great, cast is pretty good, songs very enjoyable, girl I never loved, you don't know me etc. The story isn't great but it's better than a lot it's just the race at the end that I can't stand. But Elvis movies, everyone says they hate them, but put one on and most people will come to watch (at least a bit!) Part of all our lives. Good on TCM. Long live the King!
Steve V wrote on August 11, 2007
Mergirl - I love Kid Galahad also, but do not like Clambake. I will tell you why. First of all just compare Kid Galahad to Clambake. You really cant can you as they are in 2 different leagues, storywise, acting wise, songwise. By the time ELvis made Clambake, the public was not going to see his films anymore. The world of music and pop culture had changed but Elvis didnt. He was stuck in the same film rut and the formula wasnt working anymore. The stories were tired and weak, even the costars were the same! The songs were getting worse. How can you like this soundtrack? Clambake is one of the worst film title songs ever. Ridiculous lyrics for 1967. Then there's Who Needs Money, Confidence, etc mostly very bad songs and again compared to Kid Galahad, not even a contest. If ELvis continued to make films like this his career would have been totally dead by 1968. Thats why I dont like it!