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Elvis: The Comeback Special (1968)

After making movies for many years, Elvis Presley makes a comeback tour in 1968.


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Credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buddy Arett Buddy Arett ... Himself
Barbara Burgess Barbara Burgess ... Girl with 'Big Boss Man'
D.J. Fontana ... Himself (drummer)
Alan Fortas Alan Fortas ... Himself
Susan Henning ... Blonde Girl
Charlie Hodge Charlie Hodge ... Himself (guitarist)
Fanita James Fanita James ... Herself (Blossoms)
Jean King Jean King ... Herself (Blossoms)
Lance LeGault ... Himself
Tanya Lemani ... Belly Dancer
Darlene Love ... Herself (Blossoms)
Scotty Moore ... Himself (guitarist)
Christopher Riordan Christopher Riordan ... Dancer
Jaime Rogers Jaime Rogers ... Himself


After making movies for many years, Elvis Presley makes a comeback tour in 1968.

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Elvis: '68 Comeback


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Release Date:

3 December 1968 (USA) See more »

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Elvis' '68 Comeback Special See more »


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$522, 19 August 2018

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Elvis was paid $250,000. See more »


Elvis Presley: [joking while reading a script] It says here "Elvis, we're to film you from the waist up. You are not to touch hands with body... uh, I mean body with hands."
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Alternate Versions

Many different edits of this special have been released to TV and video over the years. Some of these versions have their own IMDb entries under different titles. Among the more notable versions:
  • The original broadcast did not include the bordello musical number "Let Yourself Go" which was edited out at the last minute. It was subsequently restored in later video and TV versions, including the 2004 DVD release.
  • When NBC rebroadcast the special in 1969, it replaced the performance of "Blue Christmas" with "Tiger Man." Some versions of the special released later include both songs. The 2004 DVD version only has Blue Christmas.
  • Two full-hour "sit-down" concerts and two shorter "stand-up" concerts were videotaped for use in the special. The full version of the first sit-down concert was released separately to video and TV in the 1980s as _Elvis: One Night with You (1984) (TV)_. The other 3 concerts were released to video for the first time as bonus material on the 2004 DVD release.
  • Many alternate takes, false starts, bloopers, practical jokes, and run-throughs taped during shooting of the various production numbers have been included in their unedited entirely on the 2004 DVD release. The DVD also includes an alternate version of the special's closing credits without text, unedited footage of a promotional spot shot on the set, and a newly-edited music video of "If I Can Dream" created from some of the previously unseen footage.
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One Night
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The Polished Crown
7 August 2002 | by CosmicDwellingsSee all my reviews

Magical, Mystifying and Memorable - These words describe Elvis and the whole Production of what came to be known as 'The King's' Television Comeback. But it was more than just that - it was 'The Comeback' full stop!

After a full Seven years without ever straying from within the confines of a movie set to perform for his public, the opportune moment finally arrived and it came crashing in at the top of the heap of a formula that had already began to show slight signs of improving itself. The non-movie songs that Elvis had recorded of recent times such as 'Guitar Man', 'The U.S. Male' and 'Big Boss Man' had already made their dents on the charts worldwide and two of these were to be featured in the TV Special in Burbank. The ballads were much classier as well: 'You Don't Know Me', 'We Call On Him' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Dare I say it, but the movies appeared to be taking a somewhat different direction as well since the amicably-casted "Speedway", for "Live a Little, Love a Little" was the man's first venture into then modern day adult comedy in which he only sings four songs, all of which are total quality recordings especially the upbeat numbers of 'Edge of Reality' and 'A Little Less Conversation' (which was to be re-recorded for the TV Show, and the rest is history!). The next film "Charro!", a western, offered another adult role for a bearded Elvis who sings only the title song over the opening credits and the emphasis once more was on the man's acting ability.

Then on June 22nd, 1968 the tape machine was switched on in the recording studios and the camera's got ready to roll like never before in the Burbank soundstages and witnessed Black Leather, Gold Lame, Denim, Neckerchieves, Wrist-bands, Guitars, Music, Laughter, Acting and 'If I Can Dream'.....It wasn't the 1950's anymore but it was certainly the next best thing. All these things were rolled into this one handsome, tanned, side-burned, slim, tall and nervous human being who was Rock's first iconic legend....ELVIS....and he was back!....

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