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Directed by Norman Taurog • 1961 • United States
Starring Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury
In many ways the film that established the template for what would become the Elvis movie—picturesque scenery, breezy romance, and a near-nonstop parade of songs (here including the hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love”)—this mega-popular musical romp casts Presley as an Army veteran who returns to the beautiful Hawaiian islands to readjust to civilian life. There, he turns his back on his family’s pineapple fortune and instead finds work—and plenty of romantic escapades—as a tour guide for a group of girls looking for a fling in paradise.