If you’re never seen “Jailhouse Rock”, do yourself a favor and watch it. If you do, get the black and white version, not the colorized (I hate when they do that). The movie was released October 17 1957. This was the third movie starring Elvis. That’s right, the third. It was also the best.
As in all Elvis movies, lots of tunes and sub par acting, but he actually did really well in this one. His role was to play an ass and he was one. Elvis did well financially on this one. He was paid $250,000 plus 50% of the royalties for movie distribution. This movie made 4 million dollars. Not bad for 1957.
I loved this era. The ladies were sexy as all hell, but showed little. It was all about class. The lead actress, Judy Tyler was awesome. She did a few plays and a TV show or 2 before this movie.
Tragically, just a few days after finishing the filming of Jailhouse Rock, driving back to New York. She and her husband were killed in a car accident. She was 24.