like an episode of "The Lone Ranger", but with pretensions towards Greek tragedy - an exceptionally solid cast, Richard Egan is nearly Gary Cooper in "High Noon", and the lovely Debra Paget is more than just the lovely Debra Paget, while, as a special treat, the magnificent Mildred Dunnock as the matriarch remains, as usual, extraordinary - Elvis Presley, admirably competent in this serious role, sings the theme song, of course, and not just once but twice, unforgettably
Released in 1956 - Love Me Tender would be Elvis Presley's much-anticipated screen debut. At 21 years of age, Elvis, the Pelvis, actually showed a truly remarkable zeal and assurance in his role as Clint Reno.
Set in Texas during the American Civil War - Love Me Tender is a fairly entertaining Western/Drama, filmed in b&w, and featuring 4 musical numbers with Elvis (naturally) being the one at the helm of things. This would be the one and only time in an Elvis Presley film where the soundtrack actually wasn't more important than the script.
Love Me Tender's story revolves around the conflicting politics that take place between the 2 Reno brothers, Clint and Vance, and their mutual love for the same woman. Rivalry and resentment naturally makes a play in all of this when the woman of their affections, Cathy, makes her final decision about which of the brothers she prefers as her special man.
If you're a true, diehard Western fan, then, perhaps, Elvis' swivelling hips may not be considered acceptable as an authentic period detail, but, all the same, past or present, the young, Texas gals in this flick absolutely loved it..... (*Watch music-video*)
A showcase for Elvis's musical talents, a complimentary cast helps shore up this rather weak plot.
Good acting in Elvis' debut film about the Reno Bros., a notorious post Civil War Confederate gang in Indiana/Kentucky.
B&W with four songs, good acting by others including Richard Egan and beautiful Debra Paget - who Elvis chased, but never caught (in real life).
I recommend film Rage at Dawn with Randolph Scott for more realistic insight into the Renos.
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