KING CREOLE (1958) 16530

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Paramount Pictures Original Window Card (14x22) Very Fine Condition

Paramount Pictures Original U.S. window card (14x22) for the Elvis Presley film KING CREOLE (1958) starring Presley, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart, Carolyn Jones, Dean Jagger and Vic Morrow. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz. The screenplay was based on a 1952 novel, "A Stone for Danny Fisher" by Harold Robbins. Robbins was a famously successful writer, many of whose potboilers were turned into popular films. Hal Wallis bought the rights to the novel for $25,000 and planned to turn the story of an up-and-coming young boxer into a vehicle for James Dean. But Dean died in an automobile accident in 1955 before the film could be made. The role of the young boxer was changed to young singer and the locale was moved from New York to New Orleans. Presley plays a good kid who gets mixed up with some hoods and some women. It can happen to any boy! But Presley proved to veteran director Curtiz (he directed CASABLANCA) that he was actually a very good actor. The film as we know it almost never happened as Elvis Presley was drafted in December of 1957. But Paramount was able to secure a 60-day deferment from the draft board and the movie was finished. And a good thing, too, because Elvis proved he could handle a film and turn in a respectable performance. It is too bad that he was never really allowed to develop into the actor he might have been instead of making so many schlock-rock movies like HAREM SCARUM and CLAMBAKE. His co-star Dolores Hart had also appeared with him in LOVING YOU (1957) and had a young romance with Elvis. Later Hart left acting and became a nun. She has written about her time with Elvis. This window card is very clean. It has a slight vertical "impression" that runs down the right border. This impacts the visual integrity of the poster not at all, and we have graded the poster as very fine. MovieArt Austin guarantees that this poster is vintage and authentic. MovieArt Austin will sell NO reproductions.

Walter Matthau - Actor
Elvis Presley - Actor
Carolyn Jones - Actor
Paul Stewart - Actor
Dean Jagger - Actor
Dolores Hart - Actor
Liliane Montevecchi - Actor
Franklyn Farnum - Actor
Ric Roman - Actor

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