Blakeview: Elvis and King Creole_lowres

 

This week we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the release of Elvis Presley's King Creole, a Big Easy-based big screen musical that the king of rock 'n' roll later said featured one of his favorite film roles. Based on the 1952 novel A Stone For Danny Fisher, the part of New York boxer Danny Fisher originally was written for James Dean. When Dean died in 1955, the role was rewritten for Presley and the character changed to a New Orleans singer. The film features Presley singing the opening number, "Crawfish," from a Royal Street balcony. In addition to the French Quarter, other scenes were filmed on the lakefront. Presley's co-stars included Walter Matthau and Carolyn Jones. "He was playing alongside some real actors and he more than held his own," producer Hal Wallis said in a May 1958 interview with The New Orleans States. The film premiered July 2, 1958 and is considered by many to be the best of Presley's 30 films.