The Jesus and Mary Chain recorded a version of this song to the b-side of Reverence single, in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the song by Bread, see The Guitar Man. Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. Record Research. The Trouble with Movie Contracts I'd never really particularly liked this film mainly because it was nominally an Elvis movie but had Elvis pretty much co-starring in his own film.
It's true that he doesn't get much screen time in this, his second-to-last scripted screen performance, but upon this screening I found that I enjoyed it more just as a film. The story is a little draggy, and fairly quirky, and this is a property that'd been shopped around for years before ending up as an Elvis Presley project. Chautauquas were popular traveling shows that, peaking around the turn of the century, brought to small towns lecturers and performers of all kinds.
In "The Trouble With Girls" weird title, more descriptive of some of his earlier '60s movies than this pieceElvis plays the manager of a traveling Chautauqua troupe. They arrive by train in a small Iowa town and -- well -- trouble ensues. In reality, though, the trouble's mainly with the men. The film was originally titled "Chautauqua" but its name was changed because studio executives felt that Clean Up Your Own Backyard - Elvis Presley - Guitar Man (Cassette) know what the heck a Chautauqua was.
Didn't really matter much, anyway, because by Elvis' movies were finally not exactly packing them in and the unwieldy title "The Trouble With Girls And How To Get Into It " is hardly descriptive or indicative of the film's contents. Those who were still going to see Clean Up Your Own Backyard - Elvis Presley - Guitar Man (Cassette) movies at the theater probably would've gone to see it if they'd titled it "Elvis Presley Movie 29," anyway.
Elvis looks great in this film, with sideburns not only restored to full pre-Army glory as they had been since late '67 but bigger and fuller than ever before.
He does a fine job acting, even though his role is not as demanding as some he'd taken on if only because he was just one of an ensemble cast. It was quite a cast, too, including the likes of Vincent Price great in a brief couple of bits as "Mister Morality" and John Carradine only briefly seen, unfortunately -- conventional wisdom has it that this is the last film in which he and Vincent Price appeared together, though IMDB tells me that they co-starred in two more in the '80s.
Dabney Coleman, ever-smarmy as a cheating druggist, is excellent as always and it's his character who ends up polarizing and driving the action forward on this rather lethargic property. But it's an Elvis movie, right? Well, because of the setting, all of the songs are realistic in presentation -- none of the typical musical's invisible orchestra -- and most of the Elvis tunes are further realistic in terms of their instrumentation.
Elvis doesn't sing much in this film 's "Speedway," shot in the summer ofwas the last song-heavy Elvis film but most of what he does is Clean Up Your Own Backyard - Elvis Presley - Guitar Man (Cassette) stuff. The rousing traditional black gospel song, "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot" a totally different song to the "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" that most are familiar with is done to perfection under the Chautauqua's big tent.
Elvis had recorded this song back in and remade it for this film -- it was only the second of three 'religious' songs that Elvis did for the movies the first was 's "Sing, You Children" from "Easy Come, Easy Go," and the third was "Let Us Pray" from 's "Change Of Habit". Elvis also does a few lines of "Violet" during a medley of college fight songs he also recorded "The Whiffenpoof Song" but, if it was included in the movie, it's missing from my copy and he unveils a pretty and simple ballad, "Almost" near the movie's end.
Elvis also does a song called "Clean Up Your Own Backyard," a song that pithily targets hypocrisy small-town or big-city varieties and that was as relevant to the situation inor today, as it was to the movie's central plot. The song is excellent and is heard here without the overdubbing that accompanied the single release. It does, however, have some good scenes and some solid acting, though it wasn't about to give Butch and Sundance a run for their money at the box office.
Elvis began production of this film a couple of months after taping the legendary TV Special and within a year would make headlines around the world as a result of his triumphant return to the concert stage. It's interesting, and has its moments, but it pales beside the real-life drama of Elvis in his element Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. The Trouble With Girls was much maligned on its original release in However it has a strong plot, excellent cast, interesting direction and very good use of camera angles very unusual for an Elvis film.
What a treat to see horror maestro, Vincent Price, in an Elvis film! There is also good chemistry between Elvis and leading lady, Marlyn Mason. The pacing is quite slow but this is one of the few Elvis films which can be viewed in "film critical" mode. Sadly, by the time The Trouble With Girls came out, both critics and the public had tired of Elvis films. Although Elvis' fans may be disappointed Clean Up Your Own Backyard - Elvis Presley - Guitar Man (Cassette) his lack of screen time here, he's actually in a role that is suitable to his persona -- a free-wheeling carnival organizer in turn of the century middle America.
The festival he is promoting is no ordinary carnival, though -- it also features theater and philosophical dissertations delivered by none other than then king of horror Vincent Price and a kiddie talent show that motivates part of the plot. The rest of the plot is motivated by sleazy merchant Dabney Coleman, and his relations to the mother of a girl in the talent show. The children in the talent roles are really excellent performers, and this whole production has a quality and a care taken with it that no other post Elvis movies can boast of.
The title is really a turn off, but this is a movie that not only would have stood on its own without Elvis, but which actually benefits by his performance. Solid quirky directing in all but the musical numbers, somewhat interesting movie.
Walter Hale Elvis Presley is the manager of a traveling show, a Chautauqua, in the 's. Amongst the entertainment, trouble starts to develop. Hale is troubled by a Worker's Union rep, played by the gorgeous Marlyn Mason. A college girl played by Nicole Jaffe, wants to go on the road with the show. And a female citizen kills a man in self defense only to become the highlight of the Chautauqua. A fun movie and a whole lot better than the bad rap it has received.
For an Elvis movie his presence here is strictly secondary and he is sidelined throughout. The picture seems like it wanted to be more than it was, which is a run of the mill mystery with a few songs thrown in. It tries to tell a couple of different stories at once, none really compelling, and sort of limps along until it just ends.
Of more interest as a chance to spot the familiar face in small parts than anything else. Not a ghastly film just very ordinary and not terribly involving. Ina "Chautauqua" traveling troupe of entertainers and speakers led by Elvis Presley as Walter Hale livens up an Iowa town. The song was recorded on September 2,and has been well received by modern music critics. The song Clean Up Your Own Backyard - Elvis Presley - Guitar Man (Cassette) written by Otis Blackwell, with Elvis receiving partial song-writing credit.
The song was also released as a single in It was used in the film Change of Habit and subsequently issued as the B-side of "Don't Cry Daddy" in conjunction with the movie premiere.
It reached number six in the United States on the Billboard Hot in The song was recorded in and is significant because it was co-written by Elvis Presley, with his bodyguard Red West and Charlie Hodge, Clean Up Your Own Backyard - Elvis Presley - Guitar Man (Cassette). It was released as a single in The song has become a rock and roll Christmas standard.
It was written by Roy C. Elvis Presley made the song into a major hit in the UK, reaching 3 in Country pop rock and roll. Retrieved Second Hand Songs. Elvis Presley.
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