TV is making sure you get your Elvis kicks
Elvis at 70. White suede shoes. Heartbreak hospital. A little more conversation, a little less action.
It didn’t happen. Elvis Presley died unexpectedly in 1977 at age 42, so he isn’t turning 70 Saturday the way he should have. But he remains forever young (relatively) and hot (in his younger years anyhow) on film.
Examples? Here comes a birthday onslaught this weekend. It begins at 8 tonight when the Pax network (Channel 50) gives us a celebratory airing of his 1967 musical romp, “Clambake,” co-starring Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby and Shelley Fabares.
Turner Classic Movies hauls out three Elvis faves in Saturday’s screenings of “Jailhouse Rock” (1 p.m.), “Kid Galahad” (3 p.m.) and “Viva Las Vegas” (5 p.m.).
AMC really goes all out, filling this weekend with eight films repeated at various times; the first airings Saturday are: “Roustabout” at 11 a.m., “Fun in Acapulco” at 1 p.m., “Easy Come, Easy Go” at 3 p.m., “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” at 5 p.m., “Girls! Girls! Girls!” at 7 p.m., “G.I. Blues” at 9 p.m. Sunday there’s “King Creole” at 3 a.m., “G.I. Blues” at 3 p.m., and “Blue Hawaii” at 7 p.m.
AMC even filmed location vignettes at Elvis’s Graceland in Memphis and his childhood house in Tupelo, Miss., and talked with people who worked with him. Those clips air during breaks.
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