Colonel Parker in top hat! with Elvis during a break in filming.
March 6th 1958, in the Jackson Park area, Scene 158. Intermittent rain was recorded all day(and part of the previous day) and the unit was eventually wrapped for the New Orleans location work. Note the large umbrella,as Elvis is in conversation with Colonel Tom Parker. Michael Curtiz. can be seen in the background.Another photo from the same time frame(With Elvis not wearing his coat) can be found in the original topic - Photo 13A
From 'Elvis official Collector's edition'
An improved alternative photo of Yumi Shirakawa, Hideko Takamine, Elvis, Yoko Minamida, Misako Uji and Yumiko Hasegawa meeting Elvis (date unknown)The location looks more like a restaurant than a film set,also Elvis doesn't wear the clothes seen in the finished picture. This is an alternative to the previously included photo 29A. Two other images from this time can be found here. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=35753&hilit
Elvis and unknown,Paramount Studios
Location was at Lake Pontchartrain Shack,New Orleans
Two members of the crew attend to Elvis and Carolyn Jones
Date : 4th March 1958.
12th March 1958 Elvis Presley At Going To Army Party
Original caption: 3/13/1958-Hollywood, CA: Army-bound rock 'n roll celebrity Elvis Presley is the center of attention at a going-away party given by cast and crew of "King Creole." Dolores Hart, left, and Valerie Allen help give Elvis a big sendoff. Presley left Hollywood last night for Memphis, TN, to spend some time with his parents before his Army induction date of March 24.
Trude Forsher with Colonel Parker on the Paramount back-lot with the King Creole promotional ballons (seen below)
Posted already by bripet56,included here to keep in context.A great shot of Elvis with Jeanette OConnor*outside Paramount Screening theatre,Paramount Studios .
Carolyn Jones relaxes at home,1958.
"He was an instinctive actor...He was quite bright...he was very intelligent...He was not a punk. He was very elegant, sedate, and refined, and sophisticated."
I have concluded that singer Blanche Thomas featured in the opening 'Turtles,Berries and Gumbo' as the part of the street vender 'Turtles',and is in the very first shot that we see (after the opening Paramount caption) with baskets on a pole slung over her shoulder.
"Turtles, sweet ole turtles,I've got some turtles for you ladies". This was filmed by the second unit and was shot between 2nd and 4th of January 1958 on location in New Orleans.
This has been discussed previously here : viewtopic.php?f=1&t=49201&hilit=Turtles%2CBerries+Gumbo
the track as stated was written by Al Wood & Kay Twomey on Gladys music,but was not sung by Kitty White as I believe that Blanche Thomas provided the vocal for the Turtles sections,and not Fred Winston who played the part of the part of Vic Morrow's brother.
From The Jet Magazine dated 31st July 1958 : Singer Blanche Thomas,who works in white New Orleans night clubs,has a minor role in King Creole,Elvis Presley's new movie.
Blanche Thomas "You Ain't So Much A Much" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N0BiPpzSXE
Blanche Thomas grew up singing in New Orleans and became known all around the country. She was featured in Chicago and then became a prestigious headliner in Florida before returning home to weekly engagements at Dixieland Hall in New Orleans and eventually singing at Carnegie Hall in New York.
After the opening 'Turtles,Berries and Gumbo' sequence, is the Main Title sequence which has an Instrumental version of 'King Creole' playing whilst a shot of the 'Mississppi River with the sidewheeler pulling away from the dock (shot by the second unit on the 6th of March 1958.)
Scotty Moore : (Walter Scharf) called me one day. I was at the hotel,and he said,"Have Scotty bring his amp and guitar and report to the sound stage. "I thought," Oh crap!..What did I do wrong? So I went out there and he had the whole damn orchestra out there,thirty something violins,the whole deal. We recorded the instrumental heard during the opening credits. It starts off on the soundtrack when I'M doing that bass string on the guitar. It seemed like I had to play it forever. They played all the other instruments,around me during that.
Billboard May 26th 1958, This would have been in reference to a preview screening preceding the publication date - Note how 'Hard Headed Woman' is mentioned (before being cut/Thirty seconds remain) where as 'Danny' had been cut before this screening.
Pasadena,California Preview : May 2nd 1958 (Hard Headed Woman included - see original topic for more details)
Memphis Sneak Preview : June 1st 1958 (Which Elvis attended with his parents)
Los Angeles opening : 2 Jul 1958
New York opening : 3 Jul 1958
Variety review May 28, 1958
"Hal Wallis has attempted to take the curse off Elvis Presley, for those still resistant to his charms, by giving him an extraordinary backing in 'King Creole,' a solid melodrama with plenty of action and color. The Paramount presentation shows the young singer this time as a better-than-fair actor In all fairness, Presley does show himself to be a surprisingly sympathetic and believable actor on occasion.Presley does not modify his performance from previous appearances while singing one of the other of his rock-and-roll numbers,he also does some very pleasant, soft and melodious, singing, unlike most of his better known work.
New York Times ,July 4th 1958
As the lad himself might say, cut my legs off and call me Shorty! Elvis Presley can act,It's a pleasure to find him up to a little more than Bourbon Street shoutin' and wigglin'. Acting is his assignment in this shrewdly upholstered showcase, and he does it, so help us over a picket fence.Matching, or balancing, the tunes are at least seven characterizations that supply the real backbone and tell the story of the picture. Walter Matthau plays the hero's murderous gangster enemy; Dean Jagger, the boy's weak, fumbling father; Jan Shepard, his sister, gently paired off with the hero's boss, Paul Stewart; Dolores Hart, a smitten shop-girl, and Vic Morrow, a nasty young thug. Good as all these people are, it is Miss Jones, as a toughly sensitive fallen gal, who steals the acting honors