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Retro : Cable Bows to the King : FAMILY CHANNEL, TBS AND TNT ROLL OUT ELVIS FILMS FOR 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

August 14, 1994|SUSAN KING | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Elvis Presley fans, get out your blue suede shoes! Get ready to do the jailhouse rock and follow your dream. Practice curling your lips and swiveling your hips. And, by all means, don't forget to set your VCRs.

In commemoration Tuesday of the 17th anniversary of the rock legend's death at age 42, TBS, TNT and the Family Channel this week are offering a chunk of the King's movies.

On Sunday, the Family Channel presents three Presley flicks from the '60s. At noon is one of his lesser-known musical comedies, 1967's "Easy Come, Easy Go." In this lightweight concoction, Presley plays a Navy underwater demolitions expert who discovers sunken treasure.

Next up at 2 p.m. is 1962's "Follow That Dream," which features the hit title tune. In this drama, Presley and his family decide to homestead a piece of land along a busy Florida highway.

"Kid Galahad" follows at 4 p.m. Based on the famous '30s boxing drama of the same name, Presley plays an ex-GI with a killer punch who refuses to throw a championship fight. Gig Young and Charles Bronson also star in this hard-hitting drama.

TNT presents 12 hours of Presley fare on Sunday. The day begins at 7 a.m. with the six-hour acclaimed 1990 ABC series "Elvis: The Early Years," starring Michael St. Gerard as the young Elvis.

One of Presley's best movies, 1957's "Jailhouse Rock," airs Sunday at 1 p.m. In this musical drama, Presley plays a former prisoner who becomes an overnight musical success. Songs include "Jailhouse Rock," "Treat Me Nice" and "Baby I Don't Care."

Following at 3:05 p.m. is another popular Presley flick, 1964's "Viva Las Vegas." Presley plays a race-car driver who takes a job as a waiter at a Vegas hotel, where he falls for swim instructor Ann-Margret. Songs include the title tune and "C'mon Everybody."

At 5 p.m. is the ill-fated 1969 Western "Charro!" Presley is miscast in this non-musical as a former gunman captured by his old gang and framed for a crime.

TNT's Presley tribute continues Monday at 5 p.m. with Part I of "Elvis: The Early Years." At 8 p.m. is the fluffy 1967 musical-comedy "Clambake," in which Presley plays a Texas oil heir who switches places with a water-ski instructor so he can win the heart of a young woman (Shelley Fabares).

At 10 p.m. is 1963's "It Happened at the World's Fair," which follows the adventures of two bush pilots (Presley, Gary Lockwood) who travel to Seattle to visit the World's Fair. Look for Kurt Russell, who later played Presley on TV, in a bit part.

At 12:15 a.m. is the 1970 documentary "Elvis: That's the Way It Is," which records the preparations and opening-night performance of his record-breaking run at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.

TNT repeats Part II of "Elvis: The Early Years" Tuesday at 5 p.m. and "Viva Las Vegas" at 8 p.m. Next up at 10 p.m. is the unexceptional 1967 musical-comedy "Double Trouble," in which Presley plays a singer on tour in England who arouses the attention of a rich, young woman.

At midnight is the 1972 documentary "Elvis on Tour," which chronicles Presley's life in concert.

TBS' tribute begins Tuesday at 9:35 p.m. with the acclaimed 1979 TV bio-pic "Elvis," starring Russell, in one of his best roles, as the King.

On Wednesday at 5:05 p.m., TBS presents the enjoyable 1963 comedy "Fun in Acapulco," which also stars Ursula Andress and Oscar winner Paul Lukas. This time around, Presley plays a lifeguard at a posh Mexican resort. He also sings the hit tune "Bossa Nova Baby."

At 7:05 p.m. is 1966's "Paradise, Hawaiian Style," in which Presley runs a charter plane service in Hawaii and still manages to find time for romance.

Presley sings the title tune as well as "Can't Help Falling In Love' in 1961's "Blue Hawaii," which airs at 9:05 p.m. Presley plays a former soldier who returns to his Hawaiian home and decides, against his mother's (Angela Lansbury) wishes, to work at a travel agency.

TBS concludes the evening at 11:05 p.m. with 1962's "Girls! Girls! Girls!" in which Presley is pursued by women, women, women. Stella Stevens plays one of the objects of his affections. Presley also performs the classic "Return to Sender."

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