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Love Me Tender
Love Me Tender is an American motion picture directed by Robert D. Webb. This movie was released by 20th Century Fox on November 15, 1956 and gained worldwide popularity. This is a debut movie of famous music star Elvis Presley. The film also stars Richard Egan and Debra Paget.
In the film, Presley plays Clint Reno, one of the Reno brothers who stayed home while his brother went to fight in the American Civil War for the Confederate Army. The family is mistakenly informed that one of the brothers, Vance, has been killed on the battlefield.
When his brother Vance comes back from the war, he finds that his old girlfriend, Cathy, has married Clint. As a Confederate soldier, Vance is involved in a train robbery, in which he steals Federal Government money.
A conflict of interest ensues when Vance tries to return the money against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates.The film reaches its tragic conclusion with a gunfight between the two Reno brothers, ending with Clint's murder.
Instead of a complete album soundtrack for Love Me Tender, the famous four songs which appear in the film were released as an extended-play, seven-inch 45 RPM record on RCA Records, Love Me Tender, catalogue EPA 4006, in November 1956.
The songs became very popular ranking at #9 on Top Pop Albums chart and reaching #35 on the singles chart. The four EP soundtrack songs were recorded at Fox's Stage One in Hollywood, at three sessions in August, September, and October 1956.
The title song, Love Me Tender, was released as a single score on September 28, 1956, and ranked at #1 on the singles chart. The music was based on the Civil War ballad Aura Lee, with new lyrics by Ken Darby. Darby, in fact, wrote lyrics for all the soundtrack songs, but credited them to his wife, Vera Matson.
Love Me Tender
A reprise of Love Me Tender was also recorded and is played at the end of the film. This track was not released until after Presley's death. The sessions for these songs are the only times that Presley recorded with musicians outside his regular coterie.
This film was among the top 10 grossing films of 1956 ranking at #8.This film was originally titled The Reno Brothers, however the film was renamed Love me Tender for the famous soundtrack by Elvis Presley.
Another more realistic film telling the story of the Reno Brothers, Rage at Dawn starring Randolph Scott, had been released by RKO Radio Pictures only the year before.
In one of the scenes in the movie, Elvis plays a Gibson L-5, which was not invented until 1922, even though the movie is set during the American Civil War.
Elvis' mother, Gladys, was so upset that her son had died in the movie that Elvis told Colonal Parker, that he never wanted to be killed in any more movies.