Kissin Cousins I think this is a good movie, it does what it is suppose to do make you chuckle and listen to Elvis sing. The cast is totally into the “backwoods characters” they play. Elvis himself (in a dual role) gives a great performance as the backwoods cousin Jody, a Jethro type character but a little sexier and a little smarter. The Air Force pilot cousin Josh is more like the typical Elvis role. Arthur O’Connell is great as Papa Tatem. Jack Albertson(from Chico and the Man fame)was also good as Capt. Salvo. The production was low budget and made in about 14 days. Elvis hated the blond wig. The idea here is fun. Nothing serious just 60’s fun.
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Kissin Cousins An Army officer returns to the Smoky Mountains tries to convince his kinfolk to allow the Army to build a missile site on their land. Once he gets there, he discovers he has a lookalike cousin.
Not As Bad As Advertised
This movie, tho not one of Elvis’ best, certainly isn’t as bad as some reviews have stated. Those who say it is Elvis’ worst film have obviously never seen “Double Trouble”, “Clambake”, “Speedway”, “Stay Away Joe” and a couple others. The movie is fun, if not brilliant and the blond wig he wore is tacky and a couple of the songs are pretty horrible (Barefoot Ballad). However, the supporting cast is quite good headed up by Oscar winning actor Jack Albertson. It also features the wonderful character actor Arthur O’Connell and Glenda Farrell. Batgirl from TV’s “Batman”, Yvonne Craig, is in fine form as Elvis’ love interest. As for the music, the title tracks are pretty good. “Tender Feeling” is a wonderful ballad and “Catching on Fast” is a lively rock tinged number that goes down quite well. It is also apparent from many of those who did not like the film at all that they did not pay attention as they all claim one of the Elvis characters, Josh, is an army officer. Not so. He is an air force officer. Go back and look folks. At any rate, I’ve seen every Elvis movie ever made many times and this one is worth a watch.