Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1956. Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Maurice Geraghty, Screenplay by Robert Buckner. Cinematography by Leo Tover. Produced by David Weisbart. Music by Lionel Newman. Production Design by Maurice Ransford, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Mary Wills. Film Editing by Hugh S. Fowler.
Ridiculous melodrama that is merely an excuse for Elvis Presley (in his film debut) to belt out his many (totally anachronistic) hit songs. He and his family have survived the Civil War and are now trying to rebuild their lives, but a rivalry between him and his brother over Debra Paget threatens to tear it all apart again. Mildred Dunnock is adorably quaint as the boys’ kindly mother, who sits with doe-eyed appreciation every time her youngest son sings (and swings his hips ever so rudely…who sang like this in the 1860s? Even his hair is wrong for the period). For diehard fans only.