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Elvis Presley Movies

Easy Come, Easy Go

Elvis in Easy Come, Easy Go
Earlier titles for the film included
Port of Call, A Girl in Every Port,
Nice and Easy
, and Easy Does It.

In Easy Come, Easy Go, his last film for Hal Wallis, Elvis Presley stars as Navy frogman Ted Jackson, who is about to be discharged from the service. On one of his last dives, Ted discovers a treasure chest on a sunken ship. Captain Jack, a local expert on nautical lore, is unable to tell Ted the exact treasure or cargo of the ship. But Captain Jack does reveal the name of the only descendant of the ship’s captain.

Ted tracks down this descendant -- a vivacious young woman named Jo Symington, played by Dodie Marshall. Jo believes the chest contains pieces-of-eight. She agrees to help Ted if the money is given to the community arts center. Their attempts to retrieve the treasure are impeded by scoundrels Gil Carey and Dina Bishop.

Carey and Bishop steal Ted’s equipment and kidnap Captain Jack, but Ted tracks them down and rescues Jack. When Ted opens the chest, he discovers that the coins are copper, not gold. Ted donates the money for a down payment on a new arts center, winning Jo in the process.

Behind the Scenes of Easy Come, Easy Go

Elvis usually got along well with his directors; the exception was John Rich, who directed Elvis in Roustabout and Easy Come, Easy Go. More a television director than a film director, Rich managed to snag some big-screen assignments during the mid-1960s. His film work tended to be glossy but uninspired. Rich and Elvis did not get along on the set of Roustabout, and their mutual feelings of animosity did not disappear by the time cameras rolled on Easy Come, Easy Go.

One afternoon, Elvis and Red West were trying to do a scene together but were hampered by a case of the giggles. Angered by what he felt was unprofessional behavior, Rich threw all of Elvis’s buddy-bodyguards off the set. Elvis was furious. He put everything into perspective for Rich and the film’s producers when he frankly told them, "Now, just a minute. We’re doing these movies because it’s supposed to be fun, nothing more. Now when they cease to be fun, then we’ll cease to do them." If that had only been the case...

Cast of Easy Come, Easy Go
Ted Jackson
Elvis Presley
Jo Symington
Dodie Marshall
Dina Bishop
Pat Priest
Judd Whitman
Pat Harrington, Jr.
Gil Carey
Skip Ward
Madame Neherina
Elsa Lanchester
Captain Jack
Frank McHugh
Lt. Marty Schwartz
Sandy Kenyon
Ed Griffith
Lieutenant Tomkins
Reed Morgan
Lieutenant Whitehead
Mickey Elley
Elaine Beckett
Shari Nims
Diki Lerner
Kay York
Robert Isenberg
Naval Officer
Tom Hatten
Coin Dealer
Jonathan Hole

Songs Featured in Easy Come, Easy Go

  • Easy Come, Easy Go
  • The Love Machine
  • Yoga Is as Yoga Does
  • You Gotta Stop
  • Sing, You Children
  • I’ll Take Love

Credits for Easy Come, Easy Go

  • Paramount Pictures
  • Produced by Hal B. Wallis
  • Directed by John Rich
  • Screenplay by Allan Weiss and Anthony Lawrence
  • Photographed in Technicolor by William Margulies
  • Music by Joseph J. Lilley
  • Vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires
  • Choreographed by David Winters
  • Released March 22, 1967

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