Girls! Girls! Girls!

Elvis Presley

RCA, 1962

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


Girls Girls Girls is not considered one of the better Elvis Presley films. It was universally panned at the time of its release. Yet it remains the only Elvis movie to be nominated for a major award. It was nominated for a best picture Golden Globe in the musical or comedy category for 1963. It may have lost to Music Man, but at least one of Elvis’ films was so honored.

Girls Girls Girls is an average Elvis film at best. That means it is pleasant, inoffensive, and goes well with a bucket of popcorn. In the plot, Elvis was back in Hawaii trying to buy a boat so he could stay in business and of course was involved in a love triangle. He performed 14 musical numbers in the film.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The soundtrack album to the film was released November 9, 1962, and reached number three on the national charts. It continued the success of Elvis’ soundtrack releases as it earned a gold record for sales.

“Return To Sender” was pulled from the album and released as a single. It rose to number two in the United States, selling over a million copies, and was a worldwide hit. This mid-tempo pop track remains one of Elvis’ signature songs. There were several other quality songs. The title song was a smooth uptempo number that still makes most people smile. The rocking “I Don’t Wanna Be Tied” and “Thanks To The Rolling Sea” are both very listenable and stand on their own merits outside of the movie’s context.

The downside of Girls Girls Girls is that it continued the trend of containing a number of poorer quality songs. It is only because of Elvis’ voice that many of them are even acceptable. In this film, at least, he is able to rise above the lack of quality on much of the material. “The Walls Have Ears,” “We’re Comin’ In Loaded,” “We’ll Be Together” and others strain Elvis to the max to provide a credible performance. Songs of this nature would become all too common as the 1960s progressed.

When reviewing or even thinking about this release, “Song Of The Shrimp” must be mentioned. Listening to the song on the album does not do it justice. This song must be seen in the movie to be appreciated. Who else but Elvis could sing a song about luring a shrimp into a pot of gumbo and make it interesting. He makes the listener want to jump into the net with the aforementioned shrimp. I don’t know if this performance was good but it was memorable.

Girls Girls Girls finds Elvis seemingly engaged, looking trim, and appearing happy. While this may not be a great film or a particularly memorable soundtrack, both are still being purchased more than 40 years after their release. Not many films or albums have enjoyed such longevity.

Rating: C+

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