BIG KAHUNAS Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman
THE STORY Chad Gates (Presley), just out of the Army, returns to Hawaii, his ukulele, his girlfriend (Blackman), and his favorite surfboard. In that order.
BEST SCENE Though Presley straddles a surfboard once or twice, ”Blue Hawaii” is essentially a 100-minute-long music video. Elvis kicks up some sand with pelvis-shakin’ performances of ”Rock-A-Hula Baby,” ”Ito Eats,” and ”Beach Boy Blues.” At a welcome-home gathering, the King of Chivalry even serenades his girlfriend’s grandmother with an Austrian music box that plays — great ripened pineapples! — that old Alpine love song: ”Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
FAR-OUT CAMEO As Chad’s dithering mom, Angela Lansbury (with an inexplicable Suth-in accent) clutches her pearls in shock at Chad’s not-so-shocking rock & roll demeanor.
QUOTE ”What’s YOUR name, little girl?”
WHY WE DIG IT It’s the King, dudes. A sprightly, nonfat King. On a surfboard. What’s not to love?