BACK IN TIME: Rock 'n' roll idol Elvis Presley becomes silver screen icon

Cowboy King: Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender movie debut
Cowboy King: Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender movie debut
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Sixty years ago this week the world witnessed The King's first foray into film.

November 1956 saw Elvis the Pelvis make his screen debut in Love Me Tender's New York premiere. To mark the anniversary, here's "Which Elvis Movie Character Are You?" quiz to determine if you're Clint from the film or Blue Hawaii's Chad.

Black and white celluloid smash Love Me Tender, costing $1,250,000 to produce, netted $4.5 million at the box office.

The musical western, named after the song, was only time in Elvis's acting career he didn't receive top billing.

Originally titled The Reno Brothers, its name was changed to match his single after achieving record million-plus advance sales.

Playing youngest brother Clint, who (spoiler alert!) dies during final shoot-out tragedy, it signaled a dream come true for the formative cinema usher who idolised James Dean, Marlon Brando and Tony Curtis.

But boss Colonel Tom Parker thwarted his wish to become a serious straight actor, cross-promoting Presley's films with soundtracks such as this film's four-track EP.

Screen-testing over three days, drama coach Charlotte Clary declared him "a natural born actor". In little more than a month he recorded all songs and finished filming scenes.

The Paramount Theater premiere prompted 20th Century Fox's release of unprecedented 575 movie prints. Generally well received, The Los Angeles Times wrote: "Elvis can act. The boy's real good, even when he isn't singing."

Six decades after its release, the 89-minute film remains a favourite among Elvis followers but the man himself regretted cinema reaction that saw, and moreover heard, female fans' screams drown his dialogue.

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