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Jailhouse Rock

An early and untamed Elvis Presley (1957), playing a black-hearted ex-con who becomes a rock star by stabbing everyone in range in the back, including his manager (Judy Tyler) and his prison buddy (Mickey Shaughnessy). Elvis made a few better films (including Peter Tewksbury's The Trouble With Girls and Don Siegel's Flaming Star), but none that drew so well on the bad-boy side of his personality. Richard Thorpe directed, in that strange hybrid, black-and-white CinemaScope.

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