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Girl Happy (1965)

Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires hit the beaches of sunny Fort Lauderdale to babysit the beautiful, brainy daughter of their mobster nightclub-owner boss in exchange for a booking. Naturally, a springtime romance blossoms between the King (as pop singer Rusty Wells) and his ward.

One of the better Elvis comedies, enlivened by the presence of Presley’s favourite co-star, Shelley Fabares, and by his only (public) screen appearance in drag.

Presley displays his customary charm and gives those remarkable tonsils a real work-out on generally unworthy material, notably Puppet On A String and Do Not Disturb.

This was the first of Fabares’ three films and her lifelong friendship with Elvis.

There were better things in store for director Boris Sagal as he went on to make apocalyptic sci-fi drama The Omega Man (1971).

Rusty Wells
Elvis Presley
Valerie Frank
Shelley Fabares
Big Frank
Harold J Stone
Gary Crosby
Joby Baker
Sunny Daze
Nita Talbot
Mary Ann Mobley
Fabrizio Mioni

Boris Sagal