Elvis - Movie King Or Celluloid Sellout?

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Radio 2's Elvis season continues with Paul Morley exploring the film career and music of Elvis Presley and considering whether his multi-million dollar movie career damaged his artistic credibility.

Movie producer Hal Wallis declared that a Presley picture was the only sure thing in show business".

During his career The King made 33 films and, despite having no training, he was one of the highest paid actors of the 60s, with his film soundtracks alone grossing around $280 million.

Elvis wanted to be taken seriously as an actor but he was pigeonholed into making musical comedies and turned down the opportunity to act opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the Oscar-winning role played by George Chakiris in West Side Story.

Despite his box office success, he gave up films in 1969.

Part one looks at the early Elvis films and explores his ambitions to be a serious actor.

Through interviews with songwriters Lieber and Stoller and Elvis's close friend Jerry Schilling, we explore the early films Jailhouse Rock, King Creole and Viva Las Vegas.

Paul Morley explores the stories and music from Elvis' early films."

01* * *20091228

Radio 2's Elvis season continues with Paul Morley exploring the film career and music of Elvis Presley and considering whether his multi-million dollar movie career damaged his artistic credibility.

Movie producer Hal Wallis declared that a Presley picture was the only sure thing in show business".

During his career The King made 33 films and, despite having no training, he was one of the highest paid actors of the 60s, with his film soundtracks alone grossing around $280 million.

Elvis wanted to be taken seriously as an actor but he was pigeonholed into making musical comedies and turned down the opportunity to act opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the Oscar-winning role played by George Chakiris in West Side Story.

Despite his box office success, he gave up films in 1969.

Part one looks at the early Elvis films and explores his ambitions to be a serious actor.

Through interviews with songwriters Lieber and Stoller and Elvis's close friend Jerry Schilling, we explore the early films Jailhouse Rock, King Creole and Viva Las Vegas.

Paul Morley explores the stories and music from Elvis' early films."

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02 LAST* *20091229

Movie producer Hal Wallis declared that a Presley picture was the only sure thing in show business".

During his career The King made 33 films and, despite having no training, he was one of the highest paid actors of the 60s, with his film soundtracks alone grossing around $280 million.

Elvis wanted to be taken seriously as an actor but he was pigeonholed into making musical comedies and turned down the opportunity to act opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the Oscar-winning role played by George Chakiris in West Side Story.

Despite his box office success, he gave up films in 1969.

In part two, as the Elvis movie machine is in full swing, we look at to what extent his film career was being run by Colonel Parker and how the Elvis movie "formula" was born.

In rare archive, Elvis discusses his film career, and talks about his resentment of being pigeonholed into contracts - making fast turn-around musical comedies.

Were the films an embarrassing episode in the King's career, or are their forgotten musical gems and global success at the box office worthy of celebration today?

Paul Morley explores the movie career and overlooked film music of Elvis Presley."

02 LAST* *20091229

Movie producer Hal Wallis declared that a Presley picture was the only sure thing in show business".

During his career The King made 33 films and, despite having no training, he was one of the highest paid actors of the 60s, with his film soundtracks alone grossing around $280 million.

Elvis wanted to be taken seriously as an actor but he was pigeonholed into making musical comedies and turned down the opportunity to act opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the Oscar-winning role played by George Chakiris in West Side Story.

Despite his box office success, he gave up films in 1969.

In part two, as the Elvis movie machine is in full swing, we look at to what extent his film career was being run by Colonel Parker and how the Elvis movie "formula" was born.

In rare archive, Elvis discusses his film career, and talks about his resentment of being pigeonholed into contracts - making fast turn-around musical comedies.

Were the films an embarrassing episode in the King's career, or are their forgotten musical gems and global success at the box office worthy of celebration today?

Paul Morley explores the movie career and overlooked film music of Elvis Presley."