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Love Me Tender (1956)



Love Me Tender

(1956)

Film / American Drama / Western / Musical

Director: Robert D. Webb

Cast: Elvis Presley, Richard Egan, Debra Paget and James Drury

Clint Reno, played by Elvis Presley, is the youngest of the four Reno brothers who stays home to take care of his mother and the family farm.  Meanwhile his older brothers Vance, Brett and Ray fight in the American Civil War for the Confederate Army. Back at home the family is mistakenly informed that eldest of the four brothers, Vance, has been killed during battle. After four years of fighting, all three brothers return home only to find that Vance's girlfriend Cathy and Clint are now married. Although Vance appears to accept this wholeheartedly by proclaiming, "We always wanted Cathy in the family", the family still struggles to make peace with this issue.  During his time as a Confederate soldier, Vance is involved in a train robbery in which he steals Federal Government money. When Vance tries to return the money, against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates, the film reaches its tragic conclusion with a gunfight between the two Reno brothers, ironically ending with Clint's murder.

The film was originally intended to be a straight acting role for Presley, however that changed due to the popularity of the single 'Love Me Tender' and the desire to promote Presley's films with a soundtrack and vice versa.  This caused four additional songs to be added to the film.





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