King Creole: Free showing this Saturday at Williams Research Center

From Cameo to Close-up Monthly Film Series

THNOC will present a monthly film series in conjunction with the exhibition From Cameo to Close-up: Louisiana in Film one Saturday each month through November 2014.

All screenings will be held at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, and will begin at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.

June 28
King Creole (1958), starring Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, and Walter Matthau, followed by a walk-through of Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere with photographer Richard Sexton

The movie is loosely based on the 1952 novel A Stone for Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins, which follows a young Brooklyn man as he becomes involved in an underground boxing ring to support his family. Presley plays 19-year-old Danny Fisher in the film version, which is set in the French Quarter, as he spirals downward into the seedy world of local crooks and thieves. Fisher’s fists and his voice help him out of numerous situations, but harsh consequences escalate throughout the film.

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Crawfish season is here…

So I decided to pay homage with this clip, filmed in the Quarter on the 1000 block of Royal Street in gorgeous black and white. Elvis does a good job in this film, as do Carolyn Jones and Walter Matthau. This opening certainly sets the scene of the Quarter being another character: