Film on Friday

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Elvis Presley is an American icon.  Considered one of the most important entertainment icons of the twentieth century, Presley is considered the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. He dabbled in rockabilly, country and western, gospel, rock ‘n roll, rhythm and blues, and pretty much every genre that was out there during his lifetime (1935 to 1977), but that all said, he really just wanted to be a respected actor. Unfortunately, he did not attain his goal, as critics were often quite harsh towards his movie performances, with his twentieth film being no exception. 

Frankie and Johnny, released in 1966, is his story of a chronic gambler, Johnny, on a Mississippi riverboat set in the nineteenth century who is constantly at odds with his girlfriend Frankie (played by the lovely Donna Dixon, immortalized as Elly May Clampett on CBS’s The Beverly Hillbillies) and constantly getting into trouble, was described as “feeble and obvious” and having opened with a “dull thud.”  Alas, the movie did not make a profit during its theatrical run, although the soundtrack was certified platinum in January 2004.  The music offered traditional songs that never really hit the charts individually. That all said, the poster advertising the film is fun.  Come check it out!