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Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Titled after his 1957 number one hit song, Jailhouse Rock was Elvis Presley’s (1935–1977) third film.  In it he plays convict Vince Everett, who is imprisoned after accidentally killing someone in a bar fight. In jail, Everett learns to play the guitar. He pursues a music career once he is released.

Presley’s prior films were usually made in Technicolor to distinguish them from black-and-white television shows. Jailhouse Rock, however, was shot in black and white, perhaps to underscore the film’s subversive edge with its suggestion that a convict could become the hero in the film.

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