Monday, 30 May 2011
Elvis Presley - Love me Tender (1956)
Love Me Tender is a 1956 American black and white Cinema Scope motion picture directed by Robert D Webb, and released by 20th Century Fox on November 21, 1956. The film, named after the song stars Richard Egan, Debra Paget, and Elvis Presley in his film debut. It is in the Western genre with musical numbers. Because it was Presley's movie debut, it was the only time in his acting career that he did not receive top billing. Love Me Tender was originally to be titled The Reno Brothers, but when advanced sales of Presley's "Love Me Tender" single
passed one million—a first for a single—the film title was changed to match
Presley plays Clint Reno, the youngest of the four Reno Brothers who stays home to take care of his mother and the family farm as older brothers Vance, Brett and Ray fight in the American Civil War for the Confederate Army. The family is mistakenly informed that eldest brother Vance has been killed on the battlefield. After four years of war, the brothers return home and find that Vance's girlfriend Cathy has married Clint. Although Vance accepts this wholeheartedly ("We always wanted Cathy in the family"), the family has to struggle to reach stability with this issue. As a Confederate soldier, Vance is involved in a train robbery in which he steals Federal Government money. A conflict of interest ensues when Vance tries to return the money against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates. The film reaches its tragic conclusion with a gunfight between the two Reno brothers, ironically ending with Clint's murder.
Elvis plays around with a prop knife during the filming of 'Love Me Tender'
Elvis signs an autograph on the set of 'Love Me Tender'.
Relaxing on the set of, "Love me Tender."
Richard Egan, Debra paget and Elvis Presley on the set of 'Love Me Tender'.
Elvis always had a love for animals. Here, he and co-star Debra Paget take a break from filming 'Love Me Tender' in 1956 to pet some calves from the set.