|DELETED SCENES FROM ELVIS MOVIES
By Thomas from The Elvis Today Blog
With the recent publication of photos taken during the filming of Elvis singing 'Danny' in the 1958 movie, 'King Creole',
the question of will we ever get to see these lost scenes and outtakes from the King's 31 scripted movies?
Brian Quinn sent me this interesting article which tackles this question and left him asking, "If only someone were
allowed access to Elvis' studio film footage I am sure there are many outtakes which would make a wonderful DVD".
Going through my old posts preparing the “manuscript” for my book The Elvis Today Blog Vol. 1, I sometimes stumble
across comments made long after a particular post was written. One such comment, from February 22, 2010, was
written in conjunction with a post from February 1, 2008, in other words, two years after the post was published.
The post, titled Lost In The Vaults – Movie Outtakes, referred to an article in Elvis Monthly from September 1994. In it,
Ernst Jorgensen writes about the possibilities of movie outtakes, such as the original ending of Love Me Tender as well
as “Summer Kisses Winter Tears” from Flaming Star.
The comment, posted by Norton McColl who ran an Elvis fan club in Brazil for many years, goes likes this:
One thing I learnt is that most of Elvis movies presented in Brazilian movie theatres had alternative scenes. Here it goes.
KING CREOLE has shown the alternative hotel scene where Elvis and Susan Hart actually got inside the room. GI
BLUES had the alternative TONIGHT IS ALL RIGHT FOR LOVE (Vienna Woods) scene which is completely different
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than the one released later. SPEEDWAY had the FIVE SLEEPY HEADS scene where he actually sings to 5 babies. HARUM SCARUM had two extra scenes
included which are ANIMAL INSTINCT with a black panther circulating and WISDOM OF THE AGES where Elvis bows to the King at the end of this latter song.
I do not know for sure whatelse we could see in the movie theatres in the 50´s and 60`s. I wish we had VHS sets at that time. But it looks like they always use
South America to show alternative scenes. The same happened with Hammer horror movies productions whose bloody scenes in full colour were later cut
from released VHS's and DVD's.
And a couple of days later, editing a post called Unreleased Frames from April 13, 2009 dealing with songs shown in trailers but not in the movies
themselves, I noticed a comment written two weeks later by a guy named Rick Norman along the same lines:
Well, I can tell you as much :
"Summer kisses winter tears" certainly was filmed as it was only cut after preview (because of test audience laughing at the scene).
"Steppin' out of line" has a short sequence in European prints.
The same with "Anyone" from "Kissin' Cousins".
Both songs from "Harum Scarum" were seen in prints distributed in the Middle East and "Sand castles" was also present in Europe, following the "House of
Having worked in the movie and tv-world for 42 years, I strongly suspect all songs will have been filmed. They were probably cut for different reasons and
some reappeared in different prints to be distributed in countries that had other copyright laws or interests. FTD and EPE must be unable to clear the rights
or retrieve the actual scenes, otherwise they sure would have published them in new versions of the movie DVD's.
I know they have severe problems with copy rights for some of the movie song versions and that they're trying like hell to clear those.
It's interesting that both Norton McColl and Rick Norman mentions the inclusion of “Animal Instinct” and “Wisdom Of The Ages” in prints of Harum Scarum
shown in South America and the Middle East, respectively. Maybe one day they'll turn up in on a compilation DVD together with the other songs mentioned
above. And wouldn't it be something if it would include “Hard Headed Woman” from King Creole as well as the Clambake number “How Can You Loose What
You Never Had?”
WILD IN THE COUNTRY
In the September 2010 issue of the Elvis The Man And His Music magazine, there is a very interesting article about Wild In The Country, documenting
deleted scenes from the movie. Turns out there are nine of them, described in detail in the article.
In fact, photos from many of the deleted scenes exist, and in the magazine some of them are published, including four film frames from the original ending
(where Hope Lange's character Irene had died). These frames show Glenn (Elvis) sitting on a train on his way to college, opening an envelope Phil Macy
(John Ireland) had given him on the train platform.
Interestingly enough, it was Elvis himself that initiated the decision to re-shot the ending, telling the director of the film, Philip Dunne, that he thought "the boy
was getting away with an awful lot in the picture."
Dunne, taking this in consideration, wrote in a memo that "He [Elvis] is on top of the world, going to college, all expenses paid, his story is published, owing
everything to her, and she is dead, and he [Elvis' character] is the one who started all the trouble by making a pass at her. She is punished for what is
essentially his mistake and he gets off scot-free. The trouble isn't Elvis performance – it is in the situation as it is written."
No footage or photos from the original sequence with Elvis on the train has ever before been seen, according to the author of the article, Bill Bram.
Unfortunately he doesn't elaborate as to where he's found his "movie files". But the Fox memos he's quoting offers insight into the making of the movie and
the confidence the director as well as the producer had in Elvis' acting abilities.
And I agree wholeheartedly with Bill Bram that it would be nice to think that someday there'll be a deluxe DVD version of Wild In The Country with all the
deleted scenes included as bonus material.
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