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Follow That Dream
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Produced by Hal B. Wallis (Exec.)
David Weisbart
Written by Richard P. Powell (novel)
Charles Lederer (screenwriter)
Starring Elvis Presley
Anne Helm
Arthur O'Connell
Music by Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Leo Tover
Editing by William B. Murphy
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) April 11, 1962
Running time 109 min.
Language English
Preceded by Blue Hawaii
Followed by Kid Galahad

Follow That Dream is a 1962 musical film starring Elvis Presley. The movie was based on the novel Pioneer, Go Home! by Richard P. Powell. It was filmed in Levy County, Florida. Inglis, Florida and Yankeetown, Florida memorializes his stay in the form of their major highway, Follow That Dream Parkway. This parkway was named due to the efforts of four Elvis fans. The Dream Team as they were called, was Steve Kelley, Karen Denham, Jane Davis and Ann Butler. After months of meetings the parkway had a grand opening under it's new name, Follow That Dream Parkway on July 27,1996. The dedication and celebration was held in Inglis Florida.

Contents

Sypnosis

A vagabond family composed of Pop Kwimper (Arthur O'Connell), his son Toby (Elvis Presley), and various "adopted" children, including nineteen-year-old Holly Jones (Anne Helm), is traveling in Florida when Pop drives onto an as-yet-unopened section of highway. When the car runs out of gas, Holly persuades Pop to take up residence on the land next to the road. A chance encounter with an avid fisherman (Herbert Rudley) gives Holly an idea. They build a thriving business catering to sports fishermen.

Trouble soon follows. Toby rejects the advances of amorous social worker Alisha Claypoole (Joanna Moore), who goes to court to have the children taken away in revenge. Also, her government official boyfriend considers the squatters' home to be an eyesore and wants to evict them. Finally, since the area is outside the jurisdiction of any law enforcement, two gamblers (Jack Kruschen and Simon Oakland) soon set up a casino in a trailer.

In the end, Toby's earthy wits win over the judge and the family returns to its new land and home. Holly also gets Toby to recognize that she is a grown woman.

Primary Cast

Background

The title Follow That Dream was chosen, allegedly, because the songwriters could not find a rhyme for "pioneer".[1] Powell was initially less than happy that Presley had been chosen for the role,[1] but after seeing the finished film he thought Presley had done a good job.[1]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack songs were recorded in July 1961 at the RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

Track listing

  1. "What A Wonderful Life" (Sid Wayne, Jerry Livingston)
  2. "I'm Not The Marrying Kind" (Sherman Edwards, Mack David)
  3. "Sound Advice" (Bill Giant, Anna Shaw)
  4. "Follow That Dream" (Ben Weisman, Fred Wise)
  5. "Angel" (Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett)

Recording musicians

See also

External links

DVD Reviews

References

  1. ^ a b c Victor, p.169

Follow That Dream
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Produced by Hal B. Wallis (Exec.)
David Weisbart
Written by Richard P. Powell (novel)
Charles Lederer (screenwriter)
Starring Elvis Presley
Anne Helm
Arthur O'Connell
Music by Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Leo Tover
Editing by William B. Murphy
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) April 11, 1962
Running time 109 min.
Language English
Preceded by Blue Hawaii
Followed by Kid Galahad

Follow That Dream is a 1962 musical film starring Elvis Presley. The movie was based on the 1959 novel Pioneer, Go Home! by Richard P. Powell. The movie reached #5 on the Variety weekly Box Office Survey.

Contents

Synopsis

A vagabond family composed of Pop Kwimper (Arthur O'Connell), his son Toby (Elvis Presley), and various "adopted" children, including nineteen-year-old Holly Jones (Anne Helm), is traveling in Florida when Pop drives onto an as-yet-unopened section of highway. When the car runs out of gas, Holly persuades Pop to take up residence on the land next to the road. A chance encounter with an avid fisherman (Herbert Rudley) gives Holly an idea. They build a thriving business catering to sports fishermen.

Trouble soon follows. Toby rejects the advances of amorous social worker Alisha Claypoole (Joanna Moore), who goes to court to have the children taken away in revenge. Also, her government official boyfriend considers the squatters' home to be an eyesore and wants to evict them. Finally, since the area is outside the jurisdiction of any law enforcement, two gamblers (Jack Kruschen and Simon Oakland) soon set up a casino in a trailer.

In the end, Toby's earthy wits win over the judge and the family returns to its new land and home. Holly also gets Toby to recognize that she is a grown woman.

Primary Cast

Background

The title Follow That Dream was chosen, allegedly, because the songwriters could not find a rhyme for "pioneer".[1] At first, Powell was unhappy that Presley had been chosen for the role,[1] but after seeing the finished film he thought Presley had done a good job.[1]

It was filmed in Citrus and Levy Counties, Florida, specifically Inverness, Inglis and Yankeetown. The courtroom scene took place in the 1912 Citrus County Old Courthouse in Inverness which has been restored and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Part of the courtroom restoration can be directly attributed to the film in that it was the only record of the original courtroom configuration. Yankeetown memorializes his stay in the form of their major highway, Follow That Dream Parkway. This parkway was named due to the efforts of four Elvis fans. After months of meetings, the parkway had a grand opening under its new name, Follow That Dream Parkway on July 27, 1996. The dedication and celebration was held in Inglis Florida.

Soundtrack

Follow That Dream
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EP by Elvis Presley
Released April 1962
Recorded July 2, 1961
Genre Soundtrack
Length 8:36
Label RCA Records
Producer Hans Salter
Recording sessions took place on July 5, 1961, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. Six songs were recorded for the film, and a distressed Presley insisted that the worst song, "Sound Advice," be omitted from release when it came time to assemble a soundtrack.[2] "Sound Advice" would be placed on the compilation Elvis for Everyone, and a sixth soundtrack song, "A Whistling Tune," would be saved for the next film Kid Galahad, the version recorded at these sessions later released on Collectors Gold in 1991.[3] Presley sang a few lines of "On Top of Old Smokey" in the film, but the recording was made on the movie set. The issue of quality would continue to be a sore point in his soundtrack material as the decade continued.

Issued as an extended play single, the Follow That Dream soundtrack EP was released in April of 1962 to coincide with the film's premiere, and reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

Personnel

Track listing

Side one

Track Recorded Song Title Writers Time
1. 7/2/61 Follow That Dream Fred Wise and Ben Weisman 1:39
2. 7/2/61 Angel Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper 2:39

Side two

Track Recorded Song Title Writers Time
1. 7/2/61 What A Wonderful Life Sid Wayne and Jerry Livingston 2:27
2. 7/2/61 I'm Not the Marrying Kind Sherman Edwards and Mack David 1:51

See also

External links

DVD Reviews

References

  1. ^ a b c Victor, p.169
  2. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 160.
  3. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 159.
  4. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 414.







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