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Eleven of Presley's soundtrack albums went to the Top 10, four reaching No. 1. "G.I. Blues" (1960) was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 album chart for 10 weeks and remained on the chart for 111 weeks. "Blue Hawaii" was No. 1 for 20 weeks and was on the chart for 79 weeks.

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Elvis Presley Filmography

Elvis starred in 31 feature films and two theatrically released concert documentaries. In almost all of these movies Elvis sings a lot and gets the girl. The links from the titles will take you to the Internet Movie Database. To return, use the Back button.

"Love Me Tender" (1956)
Cast: Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Neville Brand, Mildred Dunnock
Elvis's character: Clint Reno
Top 40 songs in the film: "Love Me Tender" (No. 1); "Poor Boy" (No. 24)
About the film: In his screen debut, Elvis sings only four songs and dies in the end. The Western's location is Texas after the Civil War. The sons in this Southern family have conflicting politics, and Elvis and one of his brothers are in love with the same woman (Debra Paget).

"Jailhouse Rock" (1957)
Cast: Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Dean Jones
Elvis's character: Vince Everett
Top 40 songs in the film: "Jailhouse Rock" (No. 1); "Treat Me Nice" (No. 18)
About the film: The film includes the famous scene of Elvis dancing to the title song (choreographed by Elvis). Elvis learns to play the guitar while in prison and becomes a star (with a conniving manager) when he gets out. Then, a former cell mate comes calling.

"Loving You" (1957)
Cast: Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey, Dolores Hart
Elvis's character: Deke Rivers
Top 40 songs in the film: "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" (No. 1); "Loving You" (No. 20)"
About the film: Elvis plays a small-town country boy who is discovered and makes it big as a singer. His mother, Gladys, is an extra in the audience.

"King Creole" (1958)
Cast: Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger, Dolores Hart, Vic Morrow
Elvis's character: Danny Fisher
Top 40 songs in the film: "Hard Headed Woman" (No. 1); "Don't Ask Me Why" (No. 25)
About the film: Elvis's favorite film is based on the novel "A Stone for Danny Fisher." Set in New Orleans, Elvis becomes a night-club singer who gets drawn into the criminal world.

"Flaming Star" (1960)
Cast: Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Dolores Del Rio, John McIntire
Elvis's character: Pacer Burton
Top 40 song in the film: "Flaming Star" (No. 14)
About the film: Elvis plays a half-breed Indian. He must choose sides when his mother's people go on the warpath. All songs are in the first 10 minutes.

"G.I. Blues" (1960)
Cast: Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, James Douglas
Elvis's character: Tulsa McLean
Top 40 song in the film: "Blue Suede Shoes" (No. 20)
About the film: Elvis is a guitar-playing soldier stationed in West Germany who makes a bet that he can date Juliet Prowse, who plays a cabaret dancer.

"Blue Hawaii" (1961)
Cast: Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Iris Adrian, Nancy Walters
Elvis's character: Chad Gates
Top 40 songs in the film: "Can't Help Falling in Love" (No. 2); "Rock-A-Hula Baby" (No. 23)
About the film: Elvis plays a soldier who returns to the islands to work with a tourist agency. His mother (Angela Lansbury) does not approve.

"Wild in the Country" (1961)
Cast: Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins, John Ireland, Gary Lockwood, Christina Crawford, Rafer Johnson
Elvis's character: Glenn Tyler
Top 40 song in the film: "Wild in the Country" (No. 26); "Lonely Man" (No. 32)
About the film: A back-country youth with a quick temper gets counseling and is encouraged to pursue a literary career.

"Girls! Girls! Girls!" (1962)
Cast: Stella Stevens, Jeremy Slate
Elvis's character: Ross Carpenter
Top 40 song in the film: "Return to Sender" (No. 2)
About the film: As the title suggests, Elvis is chased by many beautiful girls. The problem is, he has trouble choosing just one.

"Follow That Dream" (1962)
Cast: Arthur O'Connell, Anne Helm, Joanna Moore, Jack Kruschen
Elvis's character: Toby Kwimper
Top 40 song in the film: "Follow That Dream" (No. 15)
About the film: Opposition faces Elvis and his hillbilly family as they try to homestead on a Florida beach. It's based on the novel "Pioneer Go Home."

"Kid Galahad" (1962)
Cast: Gig Young, Lola Albright, Ned Glass, Joan Blackman, Charles Bronson
Elvis's character: Walter Gulick
Top 40 song in the film: "King of the Whole Wide World" (No. 30)
About the film: Elvis plays a talented boxer who would rather stay a garage mechanic. It's a remake of the 1937 film that starred Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart but didn't have the music.

"Fun in Acapulco" (1963)
Cast: Ursula Andress, Paul Lukas, Alejandro Rey
Elvis's character: Mike Windgren
Top 40 song in the film: "Bossa Nova Baby" (No. 8)
About the film: Elvis is a lifeguard and entertainer at this beachfront resort in the beautiful Mexican city. He also does some cliff diving.

"It Happened at the World's Fair" (1963)
Cast: Joan O'Brien, Gary Lockwood, Yvonne Craig, Vicky Tiu
Elvis's character: Mike Edwards
Top 40 song in the film: "One Broken Heart for Sale" (No. 11)
About the film: Joan O'Brien and Elvis end up getting together during the Seattle World's Fair thanks to some matchmaking by a little girl. Kurt Russell makes his screen debut in a cameo as a boy who kicks Elvis.

"Kissin' Cousins" (1963)
Cast: Arthur O'Connell, Glenda Farrell, Jack Albertson, Yvonne Craig
Elvis's characters: Josh Morgan and Jodie Tatum
Top 40 song in the film: "Kissin' Cousins" (No. 12)
About the film: Elvis plays two roles: an Air Force lieutenant and a blond country boy. The military officer tries to convince his hillbilly relatives to allow a missile site to be built on their land.

"Roustabout" (1964)
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Freeman, Leif Erickson, Sue Ane Langdon, Jack Albertson
Elvis's character: Charlie Rogers
About the film: Elvis is a singer who joins a carnival as a hired hand. Raquel Welch and Teri Garr have uncredited appearances.

"Viva Las Vegas" (1964)
Cast: Ann-Margret, William Demarest, Jack Carter, Nicky Blair
Elvis's character: Lucky Jackson
Top 40 songs in the film: "What'd I Say" (No. 21); "Viva Las Vegas" (No. 29)
About the film: Elvis is a race-car driver and Ann-Margret is a casino dancer. They end up competing against each other in a talent show.

"Girl Happy" (1965)
Cast: Shelley Fabares, Gary Crosby, Mary Ann Mobley, Harold Stone
Elvis's character: Rusty Wells
Top 40 songs in the film: "Puppet on a String" (No. 14); "Do the Clam" (No. 21)
About the film: A Chicago mobster sends Elvis to Fort Lauderdale during spring break as a chaperon to his daughter, who constantly gets into trouble.

"Harum Scarum" (1965)
Cast: Mary Ann Mobley, Fran Jeffries, Michael Ansara
Elvis's character: Johnny Tyronne
About the film: Elvis is a film star visiting the Middle East. He is forced to help assassins who want to destroy the king. Meanwhile, he falls in love with the king's daughter.

"Paradise Hawaiian Style" (1965)
Cast: James Shigeta, Suzanna Leigh
Elvis's character: Rick Richards
About the film: Elvis is a helicopter pilot who runs a charter service.

"Tickle Me" (1965)
Cast: Jocelyn Lane, Julie Adams, Jack Mullaney
Elvis's character: Lonnie Beale
Top 40 songs in the film: "(Such an) Easy Question" (No. 11); "I'm Yours" (No. 11)
About the film: Elvis is employed at an all-female health ranch.

"Frankie and Johnny" (1966)
Cast: Donna Douglas, Nancy Kovack, Sue Ane Langdon, Harry Morgan
Elvis's character: Johnny
Top 40 song in the film: "Frankie and Johnny" (No. 25)
About the film: Like the song, Elvis is a Mississippi riverboat gambler with a roving eye. Donna Douglas plays Frankie.

"Spinout" (1966)
Cast: Shelley Fabares, Deborah Walley, Diane McBain, Carl Betz
Elvis's character: Mike McCoy
Top 40 song in the film: "Spinout" (No. 40)
About the film: Elvis, again, races cars and has three different women after his affection.

"Clambake" (1967)
Cast: Shelley Fabares, Bill Bixby, Will Hutchins
Elvis's character: Scott Hayward
About the film: The son of a millionaire, Elvis trades places with a water-ski instructor in order to find a woman who loves him and not his money.

"Double Trouble" (1967)
Cast: Annette Day, Yvonne Romain, John Williams
Elvis's character: Guy Lambert
About the film: Elvis is a pop singer who tours in England and gets caught up in the life of a teenage heiress.

"Easy Come, Easy Go" (1967)
Cast: Dodie Marshall, Pat Priest, Pat Harrington
Elvis's character: Ted Jackson
About the film: A Navy frogman, Elvis dives in search of buried treasure.

"Live a Little, Love a Little" (1968)
Cast: Michele Carey, Don Porter, Dick Sargent
Elvis's character: Greg Nolan
About the film: Elvis plays a photographer who picks up two high-paying jobs at the same time and must divide his time between offices.

"Speedway" (1968)
Cast: Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon
Elvis's character: Steve Grayson
About the film: Elvis is behind the wheel of a race car again. This time the featured female works for the IRS. Some well-known NASCAR drivers such as Richard Petty appear.

"Stay Away, Joe" (1968)
Cast: Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell, Katy Jurado
Elvis's character: Joe Lightcloud
Top 40 songs in the film: "U.S. Male" (No. 28)
About the film: Elvis plays a half-breed American Indian who convinces a congressman to permit his people to raise a herd of cattle in exchange for government assistance on their Arizona reservation.

"Charro!" (1969)
Cast: Ina Balin, Victor French, Lynn Kellogg
Elvis's character: Jess Wade
About the film: In an attempt to show Elvis as a serious actor, he is cast in this straight Western. He sings only the title song.

"The Trouble With Girls" (1969)
Cast: Marlyn Mason, Vincent Price, Sheree North, Dabney Coleman
Elvis's character: Walter Hale
Top 40 song in the film: "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard" (No. 35)
About the film: Elvis manages a troupe of entertainers (the Chautaqua Players) in the 1920s. Despite the title, it's really not a typical "Elvis and girls" film.

"Change of Habit" (1970)
Cast: Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Ed Asner
Elvis's character: Dr. John Carpenter
About the film: Elvis is a doctor who helps the poor in his clinic. Mary Tyler Moore is a nun who contemplates leaving the order to be with Elvis.

"Elvis - That's the Way It Is" (1970)
About the film: The first of two live-concert films shows Elvis in his preparation for his night-club act and an opening-night concert in Las Vegas. Many songs are featured, including "Love Me Tender," "Blue Suede Shoes," Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and "Patch It Up."

"Elvis on Tour" (1972)
About the film: This second concert film follows Elvis performing at a number of U.S. concerts. The many songs include "Separate Ways," "Memories," "That's All Right Mama" and "Mystery Train."

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