Period piece and the only film where Henry Morgan (Coronel Potter) sings
|This must be the Mississippi, since there are no steamboats in Hawaii or Malibu. Elvis is singing “Come Along,” and it looks like we’re also going along- back to the late 1800s. The King is a riverboat gambler, this time around. |
5:05- Wearing a yellow sweater with the red Y for Yale stitched on it, Elvis sings “Petunia.”
13:06- Next a gypsy, Henry Morgan, and Elvis sing the silly “Chesay,” though the song sounds more like something from “Fiddler On the Roof.”
23:32- Elvis sings “What Every Woman Lives For,” a so-so ballad that would fit into sixties film- but not here.
27:30- EP sings “Frankie and Johnny.” It made it to the #28 spot on the charts, though it must have been a struggle, for the song isn’t that good. The number in the film is better, though.
35:00- The ragtime number “Look Out Broadway” is next. Sort of silly, but turns awful every time Henry Morgan unleashes his bullfrog voice. Pray he isn’t given a solo to sing.
42:55- In a dream sequence, EP sings “An Angel In My Arms” to Donna Douglas. But this is no dream; the song is all too real- real bland.
45:40- Dressed as a drum major, Elvis sings “Down By the Riverside” and “When the Saints Go Marching In,” which qualify as the only decent songs- besides “Frankie and Johnny”- in this period piece.
51:30- “Shout It Out” is an attempt to invoke some gospel revival music into a Mardi Gras, of all places. Elvis dances about on the stage, but it feels out of place.
1:00- A fistfight happens in the casino, but is over all too soon. Elvis wins. 26 minutes and counting…
1:10- “The Bluest Kinda Blues” finds EP out in the street. His girlfriend has dumped him, and thrown his life savings out the window. It’s not a bad tune, Elvis more genuine than at any other moment in the film.
Fourteen minutes to go. Elvis sings the C&W-tinged “Don’t Stop Loving Me” to Donna, and it’s not half bad.
Six minutes left. During the big climactic scene, “Frankie and Johnny” is performed again.
The final song is “On With the Show.” But, fortunately for us, this is one show that is definitely over.