Summer in Florida, with some decent music, actors and an interesting story
|The copy of the film I watched caused me some concern, for it was a low-quality European copy with 25% of the outside edge of the image cut off, giving the impression that I was watching the entire movie through a keyhole. Also, the movie went by at a slightly increased speed, resulting in higher pitched voices reminiscent of Alvin and the Chipmunks. The muffled sound didn’t help matters, either. |
Elvis serenades us with the title track during the opening credits, as a family-filled jalopy cruises along the freeway, Florida-bound. “Follow That Dream” rose to #15 on the charts, sticking around for seven weeks. So far, it looks like a poor man’s Disney film, though we do get to see Elvis lift the back of an automobile all by himself. What a man!
9:15- Elvis sings ”I’m Not the Marrying Kind.” It’s not a hit, but is nevertheless a decent, bouncy, mid-tempo rocker- the kind of song one would call underrated.
25:20- With Arthur O’Connell whistling and accompanying him on guitar, the King sings a ditty- “Sound Advice.” It’s another decent song, and catchy, as well.
47:00- Elvis sings a version of “On Top of Old Smoky” to a welfare worker, then belts out “Follow That Dream.” Not strong enough to merit hit status, it’s still better than what sometimes passes for music in the King’s films.
58:25- There’s a fistfight between Elvis and two thugs who try to work him over.
1:03- Elvis fights with, then runs from, a bunch of mobsters.
1:27- “Angel” rounds out the film, with Elvis singing to the girl who he’s been keeping at arm’s length the entire picture.
As far as EP movies go, this one is a cut above average, due to the song quality, the acting, some decent action sequences, and that languid summer atmosphere the film is drenched in