As an actor Elvis Presley appeared in 31 movies. The first was Love Me Tender made in 1956. The last was Change of Habit in 1969. There are two, Elvis! That’s the Way It Is and Elvis on Tour that are concert documentaries.
Love Me Tender was the only movie that he made where he did not have top billing. He actually was third behind Richard Egan and Debra Paget. It was also the only movie in which the character he played died and only one of three that were not made in color. The others being Jailhouse Rock and King Creole.
King Creole was loosely based on the novel A Stone for Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins. He is reported as saying that this was his favorite of his movies. It was shot just before his induction in the Army, in fact he received a 60-day extension from his draft board to finish filming.
During the decade of the 1960s many years saw three movies produced starring Elvis.
The soundtrack for his 1962 movie Blue Hawaii was his most successful chart album. The album was on the Billboard Pop Albums chart for 79 weeks spending 20 weeks at #1.
1964 was Elvis’s best movie box office year. The year saw the release of Viva Las Vegas, his highest grossing film, as well as Kissin’ Cousins, his ninth highest and number 10, Roustabout
Do I have a favorite Elvis movie? Not really. Many of them seems just to be the same movie, just set in different locations with different actresses working with him.