The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death.
Paul Boensch III
Producer Steve Binder once told a story about how something came to be cut from the show. He said that there was a musical number that suggested that Elvis went to a brothel. A network executive wanted the number cut. Binder asked him to reconsider. One time, while in the video editing room, they were reviewing the scene. Nearby, an episode of The Dean Martin Show (1965) was also being edited. A scene with Martin and one of his dancers was being edited that had every suggestive sex joke possible and the executive laughed. Binder asked him if the brothel scene bothered him so much, why didn't the sex jokes on the Martin show bother him. The executive answered that the other show "was funny". Binder said he never understood that distinction. See more »
[joking while reading a script]
It says here "Elvis, we're to film you from the waist up. You are not to touch hands with body... uh, I mean body with hands."
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Many different edits of this special have been released to TV and video over the years. Some of these versions have their own IMDb entries under different titles. Among the more notable versions:
The original broadcast did not include the bordello musical number "Let Yourself Go" which was edited out at the last minute. It was subsequently restored in later video and TV versions, including the 2004 DVD release.
When NBC rebroadcast the special in 1969, it replaced the performance of "Blue Christmas" with "Tiger Man." Some versions of the special released later include both songs. The 2004 DVD version only has Blue Christmas.
Two full-hour "sit-down" concerts and two shorter "stand-up" concerts were videotaped for use in the special. The full version of the first sit-down concert was released separately to video and TV in the 1980s as _Elvis: One Night with You (1984) (TV)_. The other 3 concerts were released to video for the first time as bonus material on the 2004 DVD release.
Many alternate takes, false starts, bloopers, practical jokes, and run-throughs taped during shooting of the various production numbers have been included in their unedited entirely on the 2004 DVD release. The DVD also includes an alternate version of the special's closing credits without text, unedited footage of a promotional spot shot on the set, and a newly-edited music video of "If I Can Dream" created from some of the previously unseen footage.
This was without a doubt Elvis's best moment. Bar none. After years of bad movies and bad songs to boot, Elvis takes control in this TV Special. It immediately puts Elvis back on top where he belonged and his competion below his feet where they belonged. Elvis was way too talented as a singer and an actor to do those bad roles and songs. Those films and songs were beneath his dignity. It is nice to see the real Elvis again. From beginning to end this show has you glued to the television set. Five Stars
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