Parting Thoughts If you've never seen an Elvis Presley movie, Frankie and Johnny is not a good place to start. It's one of Elvis's worst, which is saying a lot. Tickets are on sale now for the Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at the Broadhurst Theatre. Am of the opinion that Elvis' film career was an uneven film, while there were good films and performances there were also bad films where he looked bored, where the films had not so good soundtracks and looked cheap, a notable example being his previous film 'Harum Scarum' widely considered one of his worst for good reason. Harry Morgan and Robert Strauss as Eisley's henchman play their stock characters well enough, but their talents feel shoehorned into the picture.
Instead, Johnny is a rather pathetic addict, with Johnny and Cully his chief enablers. He embarked on a film career consisting of 33 films from 1956 to 1969, films that did well at the box-office but mostly panned critically especially his later films and while he was a highly charismatic performer he was never considered a great actor. Didn't think much of the performances this time around, but a couple of actors come off with flying colours. Instead here the music is neither fish nor fowl, and utterly unmemorable. Frankie opens up her tragic story and Johnny promises to be with her in difficult times.
Коли Джоні вийшов на свободу, він вирішив почати нове життя і. The acting and dialogue are stilted, and the songs featured in this flick are far below Elvis' standards. A few new numbers were written for the film, but Frankie And Johnny has mostly traditional ballads of the era such as Down By The Riverside and When The Saints Go Marching In. Another fault of the film is its utter lack of period verisimilitude. Johnny discovered his talent for cooking when in jail.
Best of the bunch is Harry Morgan, who really brings a smile to one's face. . Want to bet on the chances that that would happen? I don't think it's bad. Trouble is, he is a compulsive gambler in debt to a number of people on the riverboat, including his thuggish boss. Romping, colorful Presley vehicle with plenty of songs and good comedy from Harry Morgan and Donna Douglas. It's not as bad as, say, Harum Scarum, Tickle Me both 1965 or Stay Away, Joe 1968 , but it's far from even the modest pleasures of mid-level Elvis vehicles like It Happened at the World's Fair and Fun in Acapulco both 1963 , and light years away from his earliest, best films of the 1956-60 period. A few new numbers were written for the film, but Frankie And Johnny has mostly traditional ballads of the era such as Down By The Riverside and When The Saints Go Marching In.
A riverboat singer with a weakness for gambling wants to find his lucky red head, but his girlfriend Frankie is not amused. I kind of remember what it was about, and that's about it. In four simple phrases, Terrence McNally describes the title characters in his enduringly popular comic romance. Watching her complain about not being able to get and hold a man all I could think is that if she drew a sober breath once in a while she might have a chance. The musical performances we're good and the sets and costumes interesting-the high point in the film is the last performance of Frankie and Johnny--Elvis actually comes off pretty suave at times as a river boat gambler and his character played well off a nubile, young Donna Douglas. I was not surprised to discover that this was the last film she made in a brief cinema career. Am of the opinion that Elvis' film career was an uneven film, while there were good films and performances there were also bad films where he looked bored, where the films had not so good soundtracks and looked cheap, a notable example being his previous film 'Harum Scarum' widely considered one of his worst for good reason.
When I first saw the movie in its theatrical run, I got up and walked out of the theater after only about 15 minutes of viewing. Love at first sight bites Johnny on seeing Frankie. I saw this on television once, and I switched over to the Food Network. Those films looked good, had great soundtracks, great supporting casts and showed that Elvis could be a very capable actor when his material allowed it, even when the dialogue and stories were in a few of them were not strong suits 'King Creole' was a notable exception though. Still, the plot — thin as it is — emerges to be quite engaging what with its backdrop of fortune-telling, gambling parlors, variety acts and costume parties and involving mistaken identities, misunderstandings, an attempted murder and a bar-room brawl! Although the soundtrack is mostly good, several of Elvis' 60s films had at least one song that was disposable. Most Elvis Presley films these days are unlikely to appeal to anyone other than his many devoted admirers, but I suspect that even they will find themselves feeling a bit short-changed by this one.
The riverboat setting has moments where it's attractive enough, and some of the first half is brightly and breezily paced. I love that unexpected quality. The saga of Frankie And Johnny gets a lighter telling in this Elvis Presley film. Johnny and his girlfriend Frankie are performers on a Mississippi riverboat; Johnny is also a compulsive gambler, and as the boat has a casino on board he has plenty of opportunities to gamble. Also in the cast are Sue Ane Langdon, Harry Morgan and Anthony Eisley. A theatrical agent Jerome Cowan, unbilled sees a bright future for Frankie and Johnny on Broadway, but to get there Johnny will have to score big, and Clint is none-too-happy Johnny has co-opted his girl, while Frankie is jealous and Johnny keeps gambling away their grubstake.
Fate turns out to come true, but it creates a love triangle in the bargain. In 2019 esteemed four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally celebrates his 80th Birthday and what better way to mark the occasion than with a new production of his classic two-hander Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune? It is in the second half too where the story becomes increasingly far-fetched and less easy to follow and the dialogue increasingly groan-worthy even for those expecting that in the first place. Johnny Presley is a riverboat gambler who becomes convinced that a redhead is his good luck charm -- problem is, Frankie Douglas is a blonde! Best of the bunch is Harry Morgan, who really brings a smile to one's face. Johnny and his sidekick, Cully Harry Morgan, serviceable but wildly out of place here , visit a gypsy camp where a fortune teller predicts Johnny will soon meet a redhead that will turn his profoundly bad luck around. Don't waste your time with this one.
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is a portrait of a lonely waitress and a short order cook whose first date turns into a one-night stand — and maybe more. Fans of the King should like this one. There were a few good songs in this movie, but they were few and far between. Elvis was always fairly laid-back as an actor, but in this film he doesn't seem to make much effort as a singer either, being content just to stroll his way through the film. Elvis plays an entertainer on a Mississippi riverboat circa the turn of the last century with a real gambling problem.