Hardly, the formula for Elvis in Hollywood was established from the very start when a part in The Rainmaker was vetoed in favour of a beefed-up supporting role in a b-flick where Elvis could sing a few songs. Love Me Tender was sold not just on the premise that Elvis would appear on the big screen for the first time, but also that he could be seen/and heard singing -- that was the formula, be it good (King Creole/Jailhouse Rock), bad (Harum Scarum/Speedway) or mediocre (G.I. Blues/Blue Hawaii).
I certainly don't think that Blue Hawaii contributed one iota to Elvis' demise (in Hollywood or otherwise), and even if this film fully ESTABLISHED the Elvis/travelogue "formula" the movie's popularity and success helped better establish his career in Hollywood and should have led towards more diverse choices -- that the direction taken was second-rate rehashes, quality-control diminished and Elvis' credibility taking a sharp turn for the worst is, in some ways, par for the course, but mostly a huge waste of talent. Elvis had more to offer than singing nursery rhymes to bulls.
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I don't know, this movie is a musical, and most musicals of this time period and earlier were usually frivolous. I think the problem was that Elvis was a perfect actor for a musical, imagine him in Travolta's role in Grease, that would have worked, but Elvis' musicals declined in quality. If the quality could have equaled or surpassed the level of Blue Hawaii, Elvis film career would be more highly regarded today, such as the films of Gene Kelly.
Your point is well-made;
i noticed a decline in quality\budget at the time of Kissing Cousins.Quickie schedules,saving on production costs and sub-par albums.Ever notice the music of Harem Scarum : its downright embarassing !
I agree with you. Blue Hawaii was the first Elvis film I saw. I loved it! I then watched all his successor films (which all seemed to have lower budgets). I still thought the movies were worth paying to see. But once Kissin' Cousins arrived at our local theatre, I wasn't sure I liked Elvis movies anymore. I never went back to see one. It was a novel idea to have 2 Elvis's. But the story was so poorly written, almost a bore.
I used to dismiss Elvis movies as being fluff, and saw very few, but KING CREOLE quite surprised me as being an excellant noir type film.
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I'll take that one over Clambake. You ever seriously LISTEN to the lyrics of "Hey Hey Hey?" Now THAT'S EMBARASSING!
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