Love Me Tender (1956)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western, Rock Musical  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

It would take an enterprising brain to grab the hip-swivelling, rock 'n rolling Elvis Presley more or less straight from the Ed Sullivan show and dump him smack into a Civil War melodrama -- complete with screaming, albeit period-clad, teenage girls. But that is exactly what veteran scribe Maurice Geraghty set out to do in Love Me Tender and without apparently giving it a second thought. The results are uneven at best but the burgeoning teen idol actually handles the straight acting better than could be expected. In fact, Elvis is the only member of the cast with a somewhat realistic accent. Fox had enough trust in Presley's drawing power to award Love Me Tender Cinemascope (but not color) which, unfortunately, mostly succeeds to dwarf Geraghty's quaint little story of brotherly love and perceived betrayal.