Another “Elvis Week”– this one marking 45 years given that the death of Elvis Presley on Aug. 16, 1977– is upon us.And that’s all the excuse we need to publish yet another Commercial Appeal trivia quiz.In August of 2021, we posted an anything-goes Elvis quiz.
This year, we’re getting more specific. We’re heading west from Elvis Presley Boulevard to Hollywood Boulevard. In acknowledgment of the pre-release hype and post-release success related to director Baz Luhrmann’s”Elvis”film, we’re concentrating on a much-maligned yet always popular element of the King’s career, namely, that one-man genre known as the”Elvis film.” Or possibly we must state: the Elvis movie and beyond, given that a couple of concerns are about motion pictures about Elvis, rather than motion pictures starring Elvis.The quiz likewise is somewhat longer than last year’s: 22
concerns, for 2022. As constantly, the function here is to entertain, first, and
inform, second. The hope is that you don’t have to understand the difference in between “Love Me Tender”and “The Love Boat”to be entertained by these questions.A non-interactive variation of the test( together with great deals of Elvis images and stories)can be discovered listed below the interactive version.So, OK, class– begin!(Or as Elvis might state: Go, feline, go!)INTERACTIVE DIGITAL VARIATION OF THE TEST THE CONCERNS 1. Elvis’very first film was”Love Me Tender,”released on Nov. 15, 1956; his last was “Modification of Habit, “launched
13 years to the week after his first, on Nov. 10
, 1969. Consisting of
the first and last, how many motion pictures starring Elvis Presley were launched during that time?a)8. b)12. c)24. d )31.2. “Love Me Tender”was a hit, but critics were normally unimpressed by Elvis ‘acting debut. Here are 3 quotes from 1956 evaluations of the film, plus one I made up. Which is the phony?
a)”‘Love Me Tenderfoot’
would have been a more convincing title, thinking about that Mr. Presley barely appears in the house, house on the variety. “– Box Office Daily.b)”As( Presley’s)tummy dance gets wilder, a peculiar noise emerges. A rusty foghorn? A voice? Or simply a noise produced, like the voice of a cricket, by the violent
stridulation of the legs?”– Time magazine.c) “The photo itself is a slight case of horse opera with the heaves, and Mr. Presley’s dramatic contribution is not a lot more impressive than that of among the slavering nags.”– The New York Times.d) “Appraising Presley as a star, he ain’t.”– Range.’ELVIS’ AT GRACELAND: Tom Hanks joins director, stars, Presley household for movie premiere YOUNG ELVIS: Actor Chaydon Jay is the kid who would be the King
in hit’ Elvis’motion picture 3. Fill in the blank: After Presley’s career as a significant star ended, 2 documentaries about Elvis were launched to theaters throughout the King’s life time. The second was” Elvis on Trip, “in 1972.
The first, in 1971, was entitled” Elvis: ____.” a)That’s the
Method It Is b) Way out!! c)The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll d)From Memphis to Your Mind 4. Who directed Elvis’
fourth film,1958’s “King Creole “? a)Michael Curtiz, director of”Casablanca.”b)Victor Fleming, director of”Gone with the Wind.” c)Charles Barton, director of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”d)Norman Taurog, director of the Elvis motion pictures “G.I. Blues,””Blue Hawaii, “” Ladies! Ladies! Women!, “”
It Occurred at the World
Me,”” Spinout,””Double Trouble,
“” Speedway”and “Live a Little
, Love a Little.” 5. Dolores Hart was Elvis’love interest in”Caring You”(1957) and”King Creole “(1958). What did she perform in 1962? a) She married Elvis ‘supervisor, “Colonel”
Tom Parker.b )She ended up being Don Hart, after gender reassignment surgery. c)She passed away, after being trampled by Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion on the set of “Daktari.” d)She left Hollywood for a Connecticut abbey, where she became Mom Dolores Hart, a Roman Catholic nun.6. Which of these Elvis characters did I make up?a )In”Follow That Dream”
(1962), Elvis is Toby Kwimper of Cranberry County, a Jethro-like bumpkin “with the IQ of an insect” but”charming proportions,”according to one female observer.b)In”Tickle Me “(1965), Elvis is Lonnie Beale, a bull-rider and bronco-buster working at a physical fitness cattle ranch for designs and starlets
that is referred to as”Yogurt Gulch.”c) In” Kissin’Cousins” (1964), Elvis has the double
function of a Flying force pilot called Josh and the pilot’s blond lookalike hillbilly cousin, Jodie, whose”pappy “is a moonshiner in the Great Smoky Mountains.d) In”Wildcat”(1962), Elvis is”Tiger “Townsend, a circus lion tamer
trying to avoid the claws of a matrimonially minded bareback rider named”Pony”Patterson (Julie Newmar ).7. Elvis the smooth talker: Here are three examples of quotes from movies. Three are genuine; one I comprised.
Which did I make up?a )In “It Occurred at the World’s Fair”(1963), crop-duster pilot Elvis buzzes a convertible containing a set of girls, and comments: “I think I just identified a couple of sweet potatoes.” b )In “Harum Scarum” (1965 ), Elvis is a film star on trip in the Middle East who informs Princess Shalimar(previous Miss America Mary Ann Mobley):”If you’re the outcome of resisting the infringement of our civilized world, I’m all for it. “c )In “Too Close for Comfort “(1966 ), Elvis provides a bundle to the headmistress of a secretarial school. “If you need an alternative teacher call me,
“he says.” I don’t understand shorthand, but I can chase ’em around a desk for a few hours. “d)In “Double Trouble”(1967),
Elvis has advice for an uneasy girl. “You’re flitting around like a butterfly,” he says.”Why do not you light somewhere, child? “He pats the surrounding couch cushion. “Like here.”
8. In 2004, an Elvis film was selected for preservation by the National Movie Windows Registry of the Library of Congress, which is devoted to movies considered “culturally, traditionally or aesthetically significant.” The movie was: a)”
Jailhouse Rock” (1957 ). b)”G.I. Blues”( 1960). c)” Blue Hawaii”(1961). d )” Tickle Me “(1965).9. Elvis sang about dogs in the recordings “Hound Canine “and” Old Shep, “but in his motion pictures, he more often paid homage to mollusks and shellfishes. 3 of these events of invertebrates actually appear in Elvis movies; the 4th, I comprised. Which one?a)” Crawfish”(from” King Creole,”1958). b )”Do the Clam” (from”Woman Delighted,”1965 ). c)”
Tune of the Shrimp “(from “Women! Girls! Ladies!,” 1962). d)”If I Were an Octopus( I ‘d Never Ever Let You Go )”( from”Beachcomber, “1964 ). BAZ LUHRMANN’S’ELVIS’:10 Memphis minutes in’ Elvis’: Beale Street, Graceland, Russwood Park and more FROM JOHN BEIFUSS
: Graceland felt like’ a twilight zone’ when it opened in 1982. Now it’s more like a house 10. In”It Happened at the World’s Fair,
” this 10-year-old actor
plays a brat who kicks Elvis– difficult– in the shin: a)Jerry” Leave It To Beaver”Mathers. b) Anissa Jones (Buffy from”A Household Affair”). c)Kurt Russell.d)Harrison Ford.11. Fill out the blank: Throughout a 1969 Las Vegas press conference, Elvis complained about the quality
of his soundtrack albums, and conjured a rather strange image to express his disgruntlement.
He said:” When you do ten tunes in a film, they can’t all
be excellent tunes … I got tired of ______.” a)singing about sports cars and swimsuits and cars wearing bikinis b)serenading orphans and nuns c)hanging by my tail from the monkey bars d )singing to turtles 12. Topping the Billboard Pop album chart for 20 weeks during its initial release and selling some 5 million copies over the past 6 years, Elvis’ most popular non-documentary soundtrack album– which includes the classic”Can’t Assist Falling in Love”and the less than classic “Ito Consumes,”about a glutton– belongs to the film that was one of the King’s greatest box-office
success. The film is: a)” G.I. Blues
“( 1960). b)”Blue Hawaii “( 1961).
c) “Viva Las Vegas
d)” The Trouble with Women “(1969 ).13. The King’s highest-grossing film at the box office,”Viva Las Vegas”paired Elvis with a star of comparable sexual magnetism: Ann-Margret. In the motion picture, the two fulfill when consumer Ann-Margret walks into a vehicle shop and challenges Elvis, the mechanic. Asks Ann-Margret:”Can you examine my motor? It whistles.”Replies Elvis: a)”I do not blame it. “b)”What do the wipers do? Pant?” c)”What’s it whistle?’
Dixie’?”d)”You understand how to whistle, do
n’t you? Just put your lips together and blow.”14
. In the 1966 “Spinout,”Diana St. Clair(Diane McBain), the best-selling author of “10 Ways to Catch a Bachelor”and “The Breeding Habits of the Single Male, “studies vocalist and race car-driver Mike McCoy(Elvis) for her next book about guys. The book is to be entitled: a) “Racing from the Altar. “b)”Unsafe at Any Speed.” c)” Burning Rubber, Burning Desire.” d)”The Perfect American Male.” 15. The motion picture that introduced “A Little Less Discussion,”1968’s”Live a Little, Love a
Little” also includes one of Elvis’more far-out tunes. Complete the blanks with the lyric that also reveals the song’s title:” I can hear
odd voices echo/ Chuckling with mockery/ The borderline of doom I’mfacing/ ____.” And:”She drove me to the point of insanity/ The edge of misery/ If she’s not real, then I’m condemned to/ ____. “a )The World of Mystery.b )The Edge of Reality.c)Completion of History.d)The Land of Insanity.16. A full-body promotion still from an Elvis film was adjusted by artist Andy Warhol into numerous of his trademark silkscreens.
In 2008, one of these, entitled
” Eight Elvises,”
which includes 8 overlapping recreations of the image, was sold in auction to a personal owner for$ 100 million. The Elvis image is from: a)”
Flaming Star “(1960). b)”Kid Galahad “(1962). c)” Fun in Acapulco “(1963). d )” Paradise, Hawaiian Design”(1966). GRACELAND HISTORY:40 truths to mark the 40th anniversary of the public opening of Elvis’ home PRISCILLA PRESLEY: To Priscilla, with love:
Celebrating Priscilla Presley
‘s legacy at Theatre Memphis 17. In the 1990s, Ole Miss literature teacher Dr. Vernon Chadwick
taught a course entitled”
Blue Hawaii: The Polynesian Novels and Hawaiian Motion Pictures of Melville and Elvis, “which discovered thematic connections in between the Elvis filmography and the works of” Moby Penis” author Herman Melville. According to Chadwick, what movie presents Elvis as”the deconstructor of civilized bias and prohibitions” who re-enacts”the anthropological function of the’taboo man,’first marked by Melville in’Typee’
“? a)” Woman Delighted “(1965).
b) “Girl! Women! Women!”(1962). c) “The Difficulty with
Girls” (1969 ).
d) “Clambake “(1967 ).18.”On his neck he used the brand of a killer, on his hip he wore revenge. “That’s the tagline for”Charro!” (1969 ), in which Elvis played a Spaghetti Western-style gunslinger. Which of these facts about the film is not true?a )It is the only movie in which Elvis sports facial hair(a scruffy Clint Eastwood/Man Without any Name beard ).
b) It is the only Elvis movie in which the star does not sing onscreen (the sole
tune is the primary title theme, which is heard over the opening credits).c)The score was by Hugo Montenegro, whose most familiar composition is most likely the style music for TV’s “I Dream of Jeannie.”d)It is the only movie in which the character played by Elvis passes away. 19.Several stars have represented Elvis or Elvis-like figures onscreen. Which of these examples is fake?a)
Don (” Miami Vice” )Johnson was Elvis in the made-for-TV film” Elvis and the Beauty Queen”(1981 ). b)Played by “Evil Dead” franchise star Bruce Campbell, a rest-home homeowner who believes he is Elvis battles a reanimated Egyptian mummy in”Bubba Ho-tep”(2002 ). c)Bob Dylan was Elvis in an act on “Saturday Night Live”in 1979. d)Quentin Tarantino was an Elvis impersonator on a 1988 episode of”The Golden Girls.”20. The 1979 ABC-TV motion picture,”Elvis,”starring Kurt Russell, was directed by: a)John Carpenter, director of”Halloween”and “The Thing.
” b)Norman Jewison, director of” In
the Heat of the Night” and”Jesus
” c) Hal Ashby, director of “Harold and Maude “and “Bound for Splendor.” d)Milos Forman, director of”Hair”and “Amadeus.” 21. Speaking of Kurt Russell(for the third time in this quiz), in 2001 he and Kevin Costner starred in a movie titled”3000 Miles to Graceland.”The movie is: a)A funny about a set of separated siblings who reunite for a road trip to spread their Elvis-loving mother’s ashes on the grounds of Graceland.b )A thriller in which ex-sheriff Costner pursues rockabilly singer turned serial killer Russell on a murder spree
from Vegas to Memphis.c) An action comedy about gang of ex-cons who dress in Elvis one-piece suits to rob a Vegas gambling establishment throughout a convention of Elvis impersonators.d)A romantic comedy in which rival Elvis impersonators Costner and Russell pursue a single-mother mixed drink waitress(Michelle Pfeiffer), who occurs to be called”Priscilla.”22. With a U.S./ Canada box office haul of about$ 119 million, director Baz Luhrmann’s biographical movie”Elvis,”which stars Austin Butler as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, is a hit. Throughout the last week of July,
it reached No. 10 on the 2022 box office chart, surpassing a” franchise “movie that prognosticators had actually presumed would exceed “Elvis” by a big margin. What was that unexpectedly 11th-ranked film?a) “Jurassic World Dominion. “b)”Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
“c )”Lightyear.”d)”The Batman.”THE ANSWERS 1. D. 2. A.(” Box Office Daily”
was not an actual publication.)3. A. 4. A.(Norman Taurog did, in reality, helm the nine Elvis motion pictures
listed, making him the most prolific of Elvis directors
. The most respected Elvis producer was Paramount-connected Hal B. Wallis, who brought Elvis to Hollywood and had the King under contract, producing 9 Presley photos.) 5. D. 6. D.
(The Elvis motion picture “Wildcat “does not exist.
)7. C.(I made up the quote and the film.)8. A. 9. D. (Both tune and film are phony.)10. C. (Anissa Jones did appear with Elvis in” The Trouble with Ladies”in 1969.) 11. D.(The line is repurposed in the current biopic, “Elvis.”)12. B. 13. A. 14. D. 15. B. 16. A.(The image illustrates Elvis in a traditional Western position, with a six-gun
drawn from his holster.)17. B.(Melville’s Polynesian trilogy consists of”Typee,”from 1846,” Omoo,” from 1847, and “Mardi and a Trip Thither
,” from 1849, while Elvis’Hawaiian trilogy includes 1961’s “Blue Hawaii,”1962’s “Women! Girls! Women!”and” Paradise, Hawaiian Design,”from 1966.
) 18. D.(Elvis does not die in”Charro!, “however he is shot to death in”Love Me Tender, “while 1960’s”Flaming Star”ends with the wounded Elvis riding off alone, to die in the wilderness.)
19. C.(Dylan was a musical visitor on” SNL” in 1979, however he did not appear in anElvis spoof.)20. A. 21. C. (The other properties don’t describe real movies– not yet, at least.)22. C. (As of the recently in July, the other three listed titles all rank above “Elvis “in the year-to-date ticket office leading 10.)