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Did Deborah Walley actually play drums in this?


Deborah Walley as Les in this movie is a very unlikely
drummer for Elvis' rock band. Does anyone know if she
actually played drums or was she simply performing as
coached by a real drummer?

Dejael

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No....she didn't play the drums. She practiced, practiced and practiced. She tried hard to look like she was playing.

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The camera would pan to her during the easy parts. There wasn't a "good right foot" in her drumming performance.

Why ain't you at the garden party you heathen?

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I was actually super impressed with her abilities to fake the performance! If you look at the two guys playing bass and guitar, they are so not ever CLOSE or trying to be close to what they are supposed to be playing.

"Oooooh, Chocoblock! GIMMEE!" Bucky

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If you watch any of these Elvis movies today on TCM, you will notice that none of the electric instruments are ever plugged in. Really lame; on the other hand, the cars in these movies are all real, and all classics.

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Re plugged in electric instruments: I noticed in the first staged song in the movie, "Stop Look And Listen": the two sidekicks' guitars are plugged in, but Elvis's guitar is not. That song is followed immediately by "Adam And Evil": the sidekicks' guitars are no longer plugged in (Elvis doesn't use a guitar in this number). The guys' guitar miming in "Adam And Evil" bears no correlation to what's being played.

On the other hand, I agree with the comments that Deborah Walley does a fine job with the drums. Convincing to me in many of her scenes.

There are several spectacular cars in this movie as well. Coincidentally, one of them is a 1929 Duesenberg J. A similar car is featured in a new "Great Gatsby" movie, and its inclusion was criticized because of its inappropriateness for the movie's time period (1922).

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Some of the best fake-instrument playing I've ever seen.




I hope there is a parallel universe with a music group called "Sand, Wind and Fire"

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Yeah that was the weakest, lamest part about Hollywood in the early 1960s (pre-1966). The producers must have thought that us teenagers were a bunch of lamoid idiots who didn't care what the music sounded like, as long as we could dance to it. There was a lot of phony pseudo-rock (what I call it) written by studio geeks who didn't care if it sounded like Rock'n'Roll or not. I know from experience, I graduated from high school in 1965. One of the best teen movies of that era was PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND (WB,1963) which, although it had a film score with orchestra music, the studio also had the good sense to hire an arranger with an ear for Rock music, for the dance and teen music scenes, so the music is actually good enough to listen to apart from the movie.
Those second-and-third-rate Elvis and Beach Party movies always had phony guitar playing, drumming, with lip-synching to recordings. Like others have observed, the electric guitars were not even plugged in, in some of these movies! Finally, thanks to the British Invasion beginning in 1964, the musicians were allowed to be shown playing their music for real, starting with The T.A.M.I. SHOW in October 1964. I know - I was there in the audience!

Dejael

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I came to this board just to see if anyone had asked the question. She faked it well!

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Who was that gorgeous brunette on the last song, "I'll Be Back", who obviously really was playing the drums and flirting so beautifully with Elvis? She's a knockout! (Copy and paste to see screen grabs.)

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When vacationing in outer space, be sure to visit www.allsci-fi.us!

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That's the one and only Dodie Marshall.

TV audiences got their first look at Ms. Marshall in My Favorite Martian as a girlfriend of Bill Bixby's character.

In Spinout she plays Susan, she just wants to stay single:
Elvis' kind o' gal! Dodie practiced drumming to appear more convincing in the final scene, and she most certainly is!

She was also in Easy Come, Easy Go with Elvis

http://elviswomen.greggers.net/marshalldodie.htm

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