GenreComedy, Musical, Romance Duration CountryUnited States
WriterHarvey Bullock, R.S. Allen Release dateApril 7, 1965 (1965-04-07) (USA) SongsGirl Happy CastElvis Presley (Rusty Wells), Shelley Fabares (Valerie), Harold J. Stone (Big Frank), Gary Crosby (. Andy), Joby Baker (Wilbur), Nita Talbot (Sunny Daze) Similar moviesSpring Breakers, Piranha 3D, John Lennon - Imagine, John Mayer: Someday I'll Fly, Strangler vs Strangler, happily ever after
TaglineElvis jumps with the campus crowd to make the beach 'ball' bounce!!!
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Girl Happy is a 1965 American musical romantic comedy and beach party film starring Elvis Presley in his 18th feature. The movie won a fourth place prize Laurel Award in the category Top Musical of 1965. It featured the song "Puppet on a String", which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart and in Canada, and was certified Gold by the RIAA.
Nightclub singer Rusty Wells (Elvis) and his band have just closed their engagement at the club where they work in Chicago, and are just about ready to leave for their annual spring break trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida—that is, until the club's owner, Big Frank (Harold Stone), extends their stay at his club, foiling the band's plans for some sun and fun in Florida.
At the same time, Big Frank's daughter, college student Valerie (Shelley Fabares) also takes her spring break in Lauderdale with her friends, which worries her father to no end. So at the suggestion of Rusty (who sees this situation as an opportunity for him and the guys to make Lauderdale after all), Big Frank hires Rusty and his band to make the trip to Lauderdale to look after Valerie to make sure she stays out of trouble. But the task isn't easy, as Rusty and the guys struggle to keep sex-crazed Italian exchange student Romano (Fabrizio Mioni) away from Valerie, while at the same time Rusty has to keep explaining the situation to his date, a good-time girl named Deena (Mary Ann Mobley), who has no patience for guys who stand her up or keep her waiting.
Rusty's watch over Valerie eventually leads to the two of them falling in love (after Rusty walks Valerie to her motel room, serenading her with "Puppet on a String"). However, after Big Frank reveals to Valerie that he is paying Rusty to be her chaperone, Valerie becomes angry and devastated to the point of going to a local nightclub, getting drunk, and starting a riot, landing everyone there in jail.
When Big Frank arrives in Lauderdale to spring Valerie from jail, he is angry with Rusty at first. But after he sees that Valerie has fallen in love with Rusty, Big Frank makes amends with Rusty, allowing Rusty and Valerie to once again rekindle their relationship.
Elvis Presley as Rusty Wells
Shelley Fabares as Valerie Frank
Harold Stone as Big Frank
Gary Crosby as Andy
Joby Baker as Wilbur
Jimmy Hawkins as Doc
Nita Talbot as Sunny Daze
Mary Ann Mobley as Deena Shepherd
Fabrizio Mioni as Romano Orlada
Peter Brooks as Brentwood Von Durgenfeld
Jackie Coogan as Sgt. Benson
John Fiedler as Mr. Penchill
Chris Noel as Betsy
Beverly Adams as Girl #2 (uncredited)
Dan Haggerty as Charlie (uncredited)
Red West as Extra in the Kit Kat Club (uncredited)
Home media and DVD reviews
The film made its home video debut in 1988, being released on VHS. When it was reissued on VHS in 1997, the song "Startin' Tonight" was deleted. It was eventually reinstated back into the film when it made its DVD debut in 2007.
Elvis - The Hollywood Collection (Kissin' Cousins/Girl Happy/Tickle Me/Stay Away, Joe/Live a Little, Love a Little/Charro!) Review by Stuart Galbraith IV at DVD Talk, September 11, 2007.
Review by Mike Noyes at The DVD Lounge, 08.07.2007.
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