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Tickle Me

Penned by Elwood Ullman and Edward Bernds, who wrote many of the Three Stooges features, TICKLE ME is another lackluster Elvis movie offering the usual surfeit of songs culled from previously released Elvis albums, some them written by gifted pop songsmiths Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Otis Blackwell, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. This time around Elvis is Lonnie Beale, a singing rodeo cowboy who lands a job at an exclusive female dude ranch and beauty spa. As expected, in no time Lonnie is involved with Pam Merritt (Jocelyn Lane), a pretty physical trainer, but when she spots her beloved necking with the ranch's owner (Julie Adams), Pam sends Lonnie packing back to the rodeo circuit. Later, however, he learns that a treasure map left to Pam by her grandfather has made her a target for kidnapers. A showdown of sorts occurs in Silverado, the ghost town where the treasure, a stash of gold, has been hidden. Lonnie protects Pam from the onslaught of a group of monsters who turn out to be the deputy sheriff and the ranch's male employees. Songs include "(It's a) Long, Lonely Highway," "Night Rider" (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman), "It Feels So Right" (Ben Weisman, Fred Wise), "Dirty, Dirty Feeling" (Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller), "(Such an) Easy Question" (Otis Blackwell, Winfield Scott), "Put the Blame on Me" (Norman Blagman, Kathleen G. Twomey, Wise), "I'm Yours" (Don Robertson, Hal Blair), "I Feel that I've Known You Forever" (Pomus, Alan Jeffreys), and "Slowly but Surely" (Sid Wayne, Weisman).