Elvis – Movie King or Celluloid Sellout?

BBC Radio 2

Paul Morley explores the movie career and overlooked film music of Elvis Presley. Elvis said that more than anything he wanted to be taken seriously as an actor, and between 1956 and 1969 The King made 31 films, despite having no training as an actor. This programme asks whether his films were an embarrassing episode in the King’s career, or whether their forgotten musical gems and global success at the box office are worthy of celebration.

Produced by Jo Wheeler

Broadcast: December 2009