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Insiders Artifact: 1956 Review of "Love Me Tender"

October 11, 2012

On October 8, 1956, Elvis wrapped up post-production and was released from his first film, "Love Me Tender." The movie premiered at the Paramount Theater in New York City in November, opening nationwide in the days following. Elvis' film debut became a smash hit with a mix of critics’ reviews for his acting in the melodrama. The film is set in the American South of the 1800’s Civil War era and includes Elvis performing several songs. "Love Me Tender" was originally intended to be a straight acting role for Elvis, but due to the popularity of the single and Colonel Tom Parker's desire to promote Presley's films with a soundtrack, four songs were added to the film. This week's Elvis Insiders artifact features one of the less favorable reviews from the Daily Mail for "Love Me Tender."

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