Elvis Presley’s turn as a movie star created some of the most kitchy and celebrated Summer flicks of all time. The Indianapolis Museum of Art presents Blue Hawaii in their Summer Nights Film Series Friday, June 10 at 6:30 pm. Pack a picnic; bring a blanket and some chairs, and enjoy a film that oozes summer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s outdoor amphitheatre. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $5.00 to $10.00. For an extra festive time, don your favorite Hawaiian shirt or a lei.
This 1961 musical film features Elvis Presley as ex-GI, Chadwick Gates. He’s just been set free from the Army, and is happy to be home in Hawaii enjoying the surf and sand of his boyhood. With a simple plot: Gates works for a tour guide company and meets a range of colorful characters, Blue Hawaii is the ultimate popcorn flick. The first of three Elvis movies filmed in Hawaii, the film was followed by Girls! Girls! Girls! in 1962 and Paradise, Hawaiian Style in 1965.
Most of the film was shot off the east coast of Kauai on location at the Coco Palms Resort. Angela Lansbury, who was only 36 (ten years older than the 26 year old Elvis) when the film was released, stars as Chadwick Gates mother. Though she would later comment that her appearance in the film was the worst in her career, she went down in movie history for the role.
The movie is typical of Elvis Presley’s film career, which characteristically featured beautiful babes, dull plots, gorgeous locations and pop songs. In fact, the film is known more for its soundtrack than its storyline. For the film Presley remade the Academy Award winning title song “Blue Hawaii,” originally recorded by Bing Crosby. The film also features a few other hits including “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Rock-A-Hulu Baby” and “Ku-u-ipo (Hawaiian Sweetheart).” The Blue Hawaii soundtrack stayed on the Billboard Pop Chart for 79 weeks; it spent 20 of those weeks at number one.
Don’t miss Blue Hawaii at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Before the show take a stroll through the Gardens of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Or grab some take out from any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district Broad Ripple Village for drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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IMA Summer Nights Film Series
Friday, June 10 at 9:00 pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road