Elvis Presley's "Clambake" at 50

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Elvis Presley's "Clambake" at 50

“You just said the magic word.”



Elvis Presley’s colorful, swinging 60s romp “Clambake” was released 50 years ago this year.

In the film, Elvis stars as Scott, the son of a millionaire who’s looking to make it on his own without his dad’s help. During a drive to Florida, Scott meets Tom (Will Hutchins), a waterskiing instructor, and the guys strike up a conversation. The guys decide to switch identities – Scott can find out if people will love him for who he is instead of his money, while Tom can live the high life as the son of a millionaire.

It’s not long before Scott is tangled up in a love triangle between the beautiful Dianne (Shelley Fabares) and James J. Jamison III (Bill Bixby). Dianne has eyes for Jamison and his money, but Scott wants her for himself.

As it often happens in Elvis movies, his character gets the girl in the end – after some songs, fights and, in this film, an exciting boat race.

“Clambake” was Elvis’ 25th movie. Elvis began shooting "Clambake" in March 1967, although filming was delayed for about a month after Elvis fell and suffered a mild concussion. "Clambake” premiered in October 1967, but it wasn’t released nationally until November 22, 1967.

The original title of the movie was “Too Big for Texas.”

While a lot of the movie was filmed in and around Miami, Elvis’ scenes were filmed in Los Angeles. A double was used for the scenes in Miami. Actual footage from the Orange Bowl International Power Boat Regatta was used for the film's boat race.

“Clambake” marks Shelley Fabares’ third and final Elvis film, having starred alongside Elvis in “Girl Happy” and “Spinout.” She also starred as Mary on “The Donna Reed Show.” Bill Bixby also starred in another Elvis film: "Speedway." Bixby enjoyed roles on shows such as “My Favorite Martian” and “The Magician,” and he is best known for his role as Dr. David Banner on the CBS superhero show “The Incredible Hulk.” Another TV star appears in this movie: Flipper. Flipper the dolphin (whose real name was Susie), from the NBC show “Flipper,” has a cameo in “Clambake.”

Tell us your favorite scenes and songs from “Clambake” in the comments!

While some rock ‘n’ roll stars have made movies, no one did it quite like Elvis. Explore his movie career – as well as his music career – in Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum at Graceland’s new exhibit and entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. You’ll see Elvis’ movie costumes, scripts, props and more movie memorabilia, as well as his jumpsuits, awards and more.

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 9:25 AM
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