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BLUE HAWAII
1961, Paramount, 101 min, Dir: Norman Taurog

Before all the formula ‘60s movies that turned Elvis Presley from an icon into a self-parody, there was this sparkling original that subsequent filmmakers sought to use as the cookie-cutter guarantee to Presley movie success. Sumptuous cinematography, frothy plot, pleasing comic turns, skillful acting from co-stars Angela Lansbury and Joan Blackman, and songs as enchanting as the island paradise all aim to please. From “Rock-A-Hula Baby” to “Can't Help Falling In Love” and the title song - this is classic Elvis 2.0, post-army and pre-rhinestone. The movie and the soundtrack were among the most successful of his career.


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