Love Me Tender

  • 1956
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Elvis Presley's first screen appearance turned what would have been a routine western into one of Fox's biggest box-office successes. The story takes place near the end of the Civil War, with Presley playing Clint, the youngest of four brothers and the only one who has not gone to war. Believing his brother Vance to have died, Clint marries his sibling's...read more

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Elvis Presley's first screen appearance turned what would have been a routine western into one of Fox's biggest box-office successes. The story takes place near the end of the Civil War, with Presley playing Clint, the youngest of four brothers and the only one who has not gone to war.

Believing his brother Vance to have died, Clint marries his sibling's girl, Cathy (Debra Paget). But all three brothers return home after stealing a Union payroll and hiding the money. Finding Cathy married to Clint, Vance (Richard Egan) decides to take off and return the money, but Clint, egged

on by Confederate loyalists, goes after his brother and dies in the climactic shootout. Elvis' movie debut was to have been titled THE RENO BROTHERS, but was wisely (if misleadingly) renamed LOVE ME TENDER after the song of the same name. The performances (including Presley's) are lifeless, the

script is overly dramatic, and the direction routine. Though Presley's songs provide the high points, they are not well integrated into the plot. Songs: "Love Me Tender" (W.W. Fosdick, George R. Poulton), "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move," and "Let Me" (Presley, Vera Matson.)

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