This Sunday marks the 32nd Anniversary of Elvis Presley's death and as is often the case TMC (Turner Movie Classics) has chosen to commemorate it by serving up 13 consecutive Elvis Presley movies, starting at five in the morning (CST) and not concluding until three the following morning.
We touched a little bit on his extensive canon back in December and if you still have not had the pleasure of indulging in a little Presley Cinema this is a great chance to do so. Tragically, the film I would most highly recommend, "Roustabout", in which Elvis turns up working and, yes, singing at a circus with Deborah Kerr (Reader: "Wait, wasn't she in 'From Here To Eternity?'" Me: "I refuse to acknowledge your question.") in support, will not air until 1 in the morning on what is technically August 17.
Nevertheless, if you're interested in getting a little up to speed with the Elvis Filmography, and I strongly suggest you do, this is a good place to start. You can watch the "good" Elvis films, "Jailhouse Rock" and "King Creole", showing at noon and nine. You can go on vacation to "Blue Hawaii" at 8:15 in the morning over coffee and donuts or have a little "Fun In Acapulco" over a late lunch at 1:45. Go clubbing with some "Girls, Girls, Girls" at 10 AM or spend your supper seeing exactly how "It Happened At The World's Fair" at 7 PM sharp. The possibilities are endless!!!
And if you don't make it up in time for the kickoff of the marathon at 5 AM for a little Ann Margaret and "Viva Las Vegas", well, have no fear, you can watch the best movie scene Elvis ever filmed on Cinema Romantico any time you want.
Did you watch it? Sigh...that is moviemaking.