Blue Hawaii (1961)
Drama / Musical / Romance
Directed by Norman Taurog and Michael D. Moore
Elvis Presley as Chad Gates
Joan Blackman as Maile Duval
Angela Lansbury as Sarah Lee Gates
Nancy Walters as Abigail Prentice
Roland Winters as Fred Gates
John Archer as Jack Kelman
Howard McNear as Mr. Chapman
Steve Brodie as Tucker Garvey
Christian Kay as Beverly Martin
Iris Adrian as Enid Garvey
Hilo Hattie as Waihila
Jenny Maxwell as Ellie Corbett
Pamela Kirk as Selena Emerson
Darlene Tompkins as Patsy Simon
Lani Kai as Carl Tanami
The first of three movies that Presley would film in Hawaii and one of his most successful post-Army outings, Blue Hawaii casts Elvis as the heir to a Hawaiian pineapple fortune, Chadwick Gates.
Happy to be back in Hawaii, Chad has just gotten out of the Army, and is looking forward to spending time with his surfboard, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His pretentious mother wants her son to take over the management of the family business. Reluctant to comply with his mother’s plans for him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, Chad decides he'd rather make his own way in the world, and goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's tourist agency . He is able to dally with such lovelies as Maile Duval and Abigail Prentice. Tucker Garvey is on hand to cajole Chad into an outsized brawl.
Among the featured songs in the film are the title number, which was originally written in 1937 for Bing Crosby, and 'Can't Help Falling in Love.'
Actors: Joan Blackman, Steve Brodie, Angela Lansbury, Elvis Presley, Roland Winters