Tickle Me: Elvis in Ranch-Spa for Actresses and Models

Tickle Me

Elvis plays Lonnie Beale, a guy looking for part-time work until the rodeo season opens.  Meanwhile, he finds himself at a ranch-spa for actresses and models.

Lonnie meets a girl (Jocelyn Lane), loses girl and then gets girl back.

Writers Elwood Ullman and Edward Bernds are veterans of the Three Stooges comedies.

This film nine tunes include “I’m Yours” and “Such an Easy Question.”

 

Harum Scarum

Elvis is Johnny Tyronne, a swashbuckling action-adventure movie star and ladies’ man on a goodwill tour of the Middle East to promote his latest film.

He is kidnapped by a clandestine group of assassins that want him to kill a desert king. Johnny escapes and heads back to civilization, but not without teaming up first with former Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley.

The film, directed by Gene Nelson, features such song hits as “Kismet” and “Harem Holiday.”

Spin Out

Elvis is Mike McCoy, a part-time race car driver and lead singer for a band.

He tries to have his foot on the gas and his eyes on the road as three women with marriage on their minds race after him. Shelley Fabares (his co-star in Girl Happy) plays the rich girl spoiled by her wealthy father (Carl Betz, who also played her father on TV’s  The Donna Reed Show). Deborah Walley (Gidget Goes Hawaiian) is the drummer in his band looking to beat out a rhythm to his heart, and Diane McBain (General Hospital, Days of our Lives) plays a writer researching a book about “The Perfect American Male.” Songs include “Never Say Yes,” “Adam and Evil,” “All That I Am” and “Stop, Look Listen.” In this film, there are no brakes on the fun.

Double Trouble

In this comedic mystery romp, Elvis portrays Guy Lambert, a singer on tour in London who gets involved with a love-struck teenage heiress (Annette Day), a sexy temptress (Yvonne Romain) and a jewel smuggling operation. Who knew trouble could be so cool and so much fun! Some of the songs from this movie include “City by Night,” “Could I Fall in Love,” “Long-Legged Girl” and “There’s So Much World to See.”

Stay Away, Joe
In this film, Elvis portrays amiable Navajo rodeo star Joe Lightcloud, who returns to his home to help his tribe become cattle ranchers. A talented ensemble of screen veterans joins Presley for this good-time, two-fisted tale filmed in and around Arizona’s scenic Sedona. Burgess Meredith is Joe’s rascally father, Katy Jurado is his tough-love stepmom and Joan Blondell is the shotgun-toting local gal setting her romantic sights on Joe. Plenty of fun and a couple of tunes (the title track and “Dominique”) are along for the ride too.

Speedway

Elvis Presley sings his way around the race circuit as successful speedway driver Steve Grayson until his wise-cracking manager (Bill Bixby) files a bad tax return.

The engines rev-up and the chase begins when IRS agent (Nancy Sinatra) arrives on the scene.

The comic actors include Gale Gordon (The Lucy Show) and Carl Ballantine (McHale’s Navy).

Music includes songs such as “There Ain’t Nothing like a Song,” “Let Yourself Go,” “Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby” and “Your Groovy Self.”

Live a Little, Love a Little

In his 28th film, Elvis Presley portrays frazzled photographer Greg Nolan, who is juggling two jobs and scrambling to keep his work life afloat, while also contending with the kooky attentions of a beach beauty (Michele Carey).

Four songs, including the Elvis chart-buster “A Little Less Conversation” and the “Edge of Reality” dream sequence add to the fun.

Charro!

Elvis here isn’t the clean-cut, all-American kid ready to hit the beach or dance floor. Instead, stubble covers his face, his hat hangs low over his eyes, and a bandanna hides the ugly scar that marks him as a killer.

Written and directed by Charles Marquis Warren (creator of TV’s Gunsmoke, Rawhide and The Virginian), this sagebrush, non-musical saga follows an ex-outlaw trying to go straight, but he’s got a score to settle when his own gang frames him for a heist.

The Trouble with Girls

This comedy/drama is a change of pace for Elvis, who stars as Walter Hale, a manager of a 1927 traveling show that starts to develop some trouble when it hits Radford Center, Iowa.

The film’s co-stars include Vincent Price, Marlyn Mason, John Carradine, Joyce Van Patten, Edward Andrews, Sheree North and Dabney Coleman.

Among the songs are “Almost,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Clean Up Your Own Backyard.”