shook up and enjoyably bad, JAILHOUSE ROCK captures early Elvis in all his leg-quivering, nostril-flaring, lip-snarling teen idol glory.
This hot black-and-white number was Elvis Presley's third (after LOVE ME TENDER and LOVING YOU) and set the standard for the rest of his movie outings--too bad the the others omitted the dangerous element of his character presented here. Elvis comes across like a white-trash musical genius version
of James Dean, playing Vince Everett, a surly good ole boy who accidentally kills a man while defending a lady's honor... in a bar. This heroism gets him sent up for manslaughter, sharing his prison cell with Hunk Houghton ...