Recently, we received some intriguing feedback from avid Elvis fans regarding a few articles on elvis-history-blog.com. Today, we’re going to share snippets of their thoughts. Let’s dive right in!
David’s Take on Elvis’s Movie Career
David begins by discussing Colonel Parker’s influence on Elvis’s movie career. He suggests that if Parker had pushed for a supporting role in “The Rainmaker” as Elvis’s first movie, the trajectory of his career could have been different. David argues that Parker’s decision to include four songs in “Love Me Tender” catered to the teenage market and led to a string of successful musical films. However, David believes that if Elvis had starred in a serious movie like “Flaming Star” earlier on, it might have changed the direction of his career.
Alan, our author, counters David’s argument by emphasizing that Elvis knew the kind of manager he was getting with Colonel Parker. Elvis wanted fame and fortune, and Parker’s goal was to maximize his earnings. Alan mentions that Parker did not have the power to push for a supporting role in “The Rainmaker” and reveals that Wallis, the movie producer, had never considered offering Elvis such a role. Elvis’s musical appeal was always a significant factor in his film choices.
David’s Thoughts on Elvis’s Film Career
David further ponders the possibility that Parker wanted to establish Elvis’s presence in the movie industry to secure his income, considering the uncertainty surrounding rock ‘n’ roll’s longevity in the 1950s. He believes that a role in a prestigious film like “The Rainmaker,” alongside renowned actors like Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn, could have jumpstarted a more serious acting career for Elvis. David points out the many missed opportunities for Elvis in rejecting roles in various films.
Alan counters David’s argument by stating that despite the disappointment some fans felt about Elvis’s Hollywood career, all of his films were profitable. Alan asserts that Elvis himself was the only person who could have insisted on pursuing a dramatic acting career. However, doing so would have meant accepting significantly lower pay, which Elvis was unwilling to do. Alan suggests that Elvis lacked the natural talent to excel as a first-rate dramatic actor, particularly when compared to iconic actors like Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Paul Newman, and Dustin Hoffman.
Parker’s Management Tactics
David raises questions about why Colonel Parker changed his approach in the 1950s. He wonders why Parker didn’t continue with television appearances, tours, and international shows. Alan explains that the primary reason for Parker’s decision was financial. Filling arenas across the United States was more cost-effective than organizing overseas tours. Alan suggests that if an international tour was crucial to Elvis, he should have insisted on it.
Ron’s Reaction to Elvis’s #1 Records
Ron’s passionate response to a blog post about Elvis’s record achievements caught our attention. Although his comments were filled with emotion, we appreciate our readers’ passion. Ron strongly disagrees with the claim that Elvis had only 14 #1 hits and believes the blog’s writer is misinformed. Despite this disagreement, Alan humbly acknowledges Ron’s concern and finds humor in the thought that a blog post could single-handedly erase Elvis’s legacy from history!
In their comments, both David and Ron reflect a common obsession among Elvis fans — the desire to elevate his status even further. However, Elvis Presley’s undeniable cultural impact remains intact. Alan emphasizes that Elvis is widely recognized as one of the greatest cultural icons of the 20th century. Tacky movies and a smaller number of #1 records compared to The Beatles do not diminish Elvis’s enduring legacy.
Elvis’s impact on American culture is immense and needs no embellishment. Let’s cherish his music and the remarkable influence he continues to have on our lives.