Girls! Girls! Girls!

Ross Carpenter, Elvis Presley’s character in Girls! Girls! Girls! epitomizes the type of role Elvis is most associated with -- the handsome, carefree bachelor with a colorful occupation. Ross works as a charter boat pilot who moonlights as a nightclub singer to buy a sailboat that once belonged to his father. Wealthy Laurel Dodge, played by Laurel Goodwin, falls hard for Ross and secretly buys the sailboat for him.

When Ross discovers that Laurel has purchased the boat, his pride is damaged, and he sails off by himself. Laurel quickly follows in a boat piloted by wealthy Wesley Johnson, portrayed by Jeremy Slate, who turns out to be a wolf in tailored clothing. Ross rescues Laurel from Wesley’s clutches, realizing that he loves her. Ross asks Laurel to sell the sailboat so that he can feel free to marry her and build a new boat.

Elvis in Girls! Girls! Girls!
Elvis played a singing boat captain
in Girls! Girls! Girls!, which was shot
in Hawaii.

Behind the Scenes of Girls! Girls! Girls!

Girls! Girls! Girls! reteamed Elvis with producer Hal Wallis and director Norman Taurog. The combination of Wallis, Taurog, and Presley had been responsible for two of Elvis’s biggest grossing films, G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii. Paramount used this detail in the promotional material sent to theater owners across the country.

Included in this promotional package were some "hot tips" on how to bolster attendance for the film. For theaters playing the film during football season, it was suggested that a cheering squad from local high schools be used to draw attention to the film. The squad should perform the cheer, "Rah! Rah! Rah! Girls! Girls! Girls!" either in front of the theater or on the football field.

Another suggestion was known as the "Girl Triplets Bally" and involved hiring a set of triplets to parade in front of the theater. The triplets were to be dressed alike and carry identical signs reading, "Girls! Girls! Girls! Starring Elvis Presley." This suggestion concluded by advising, "If triplets aren’t available, any three teen-agers of the same height would do as well." Fortunately, Elvis had a large enough following that Paramount did not have to rely on these types of stunts to pack the audiences in.

Cast of Girls! Girls! Girls!
Character
Actor
Ross Carpenter Elvis Presley
Robin Gantner Stella Stevens
Laurel Dodge Laurel Goodwin
Wesley Johnson Jeremy Slate
Chen Yung Guy Lee
Kin Yung
Benson Fong
Madam Yung
Beulah Quo
Alexander Stavros Frank Puglia
Mama Stavros Lili Valenty
Sam
Robert Strauss
Mai Ling Ginny Tiu
Tai LingElizabeth Tiu
Baby Brother Ling
Alexander Tiu
Mr. Morgan
Nester Paiva
Mrs. Morgan
Ann McCrea
Bongo Player on Tuna Boat
Red West
Mr. Peabody
Gavin Gordon
Leona Stavros
Barbara Beall
Linda Stavros
Betty Beall
Mrs. Dick
Marjorie Bennett

Songs Featured in Girls! Girls! Girls!

  • Girls! Girls! Girls!
  • I Don’t Wanna Be Tied
  • We’ll Be Together
  • A Boy Like Me. A Girl Like You
  • Earth Boy
  • Return to Sender
  • Because of Love
  • Thanks to the Rolling Sea
  • Song of the Shrimp
  • The Walls Have Ears
  • We’re Coming in Loaded
  • Dainty Little Moonbeams
  • Girls! Girls! Girls (reprise)
  • Never Let Me Go (sung by Stevens’ character)
  • The Nearness of You (sung by Stevens’ character)
  • Baby, Baby, Baby (sung by Stevens’ character)
  • Mama (sung by Elvis, Goodwin, Puglia, and Valenty)

Credits for Girls! Girls! Girls!

  • Paramount Pictures
  • Produced by Hal B. Wallis
  • Directed by Norman Taurog
  • Screenplay by Edward Anhalt and Allan Weiss
  • Photographed in Technicolor by Loyal Griggs
  • Music by Joe Lilly
  • Vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires
  • Choreography by Charles O’Curran
  • Released November 21, 1962

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