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Back in 1958, Elvis was at his pelvis-shaking prime, with musical drama King Creole marking one of the highlights of his film career. It screens at the Star and Shadow Cinema on Thursday 15th January, part of their One Pot Music and Film Festival, celebrating cultural diversity within popular music.

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll plays Danny Fisher, a ne’er do-well teenager who finds salvation by performing as a singer in the eponymous nightclub (a sensuous animal man type, indicative of his future roles). Inevitably, complications ensue. Presley’s character finds himself mixed up in the machinations of a local crime boss, and catches the eye of two ravishing women. Will he be swayed by the seductive charms of a beautiful femme fatale or settle for the loyal affections of his doting girlfriend?

It’s astonishing to think Presley was only two years the senior of what troublesome twerp Justin Bieber is now when he starred in this celluloid classic. He was afforded a determent from joining the army to shoot the film, and it was even directed by Michael “Casablanca” Curtis, such was the prestige afforded to the star. Ladies, please try not to swoon; Elvis is in the building.

King Creole screens at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle on Thursday 15th January.

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