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Elvis Presley Movies

Live a Little, Love a Little

In an attempt to keep up with the changing times, the producers of Live a Little, Love a Little created a slightly different Elvis Presley film. Live a Little, Love a Little featured a franker approach to sex than previous Elvis comedies. It also made use of kookier characters who were devoid of the sentimentality of his earlier films, and it included a psychedelic-type production number called "Edge of Reality."

Elvis stars as photographer Greg Nolan, who earns his living by working for two very distinct clients. Mike Landsdown, played by Don Porter, owns and operates Classic Cat Magazine, a girlie publication that features titillating photos. Louis Penlow, played by Rudy Vallee, owns a tasteful advertising agency that prides itself on its classy photography. Neither client knows Greg is working for the other. When Greg is not hopping back and forth between photo assignments, he is trying to get freewheeling and free-loving Bernice, played by Michele Carey, out of his hair.

Elvis in Live a Little, Love a Little
Although Michele Carey and Elvis share a bed, it’s all kept innocent
with a bed divider.

Behind the Scenes of Live a Little, Love a Little

Elvis’ management team, as well as the producers at MGM, were aware that the singer’s image had not kept pace with the fast-changing 1960s. Producer Hal Wallis had chosen not to renew Elvis’ contract when it expired in 1967 because, as Wallis noted, "It’s not so much that Elvis is changing, but that the times are changing. There’s just not the market for the no-plot musicals that there once was."

Billed as a comedy rather than a musical comedy, Live a Little was fashioned after the hip sex farces of the 1960s, such as The Swinger and A Guide for the Married Man. Though not as wild as some films from the era, it did feature Elvis’s character swearing. Also, the script makes clear that the character of Bernice had been sexually active prior to meeting Greg; near the end of the film, Greg and Bernice sleep together without benefit of marriage. Though the story ends with a marriage proposal, the franker attitude toward sex was a surprise to some critics and audience members.

Cast of Live Little, Love a Little
Greg NolanElvis Presley
Michele Carey
Mike Landsdown
Don Porter
Louis Penlow
Rudy Vallee
Dick Sargent
Sterling Holloway
Celeste Yarnall
Delivery Boy
Eddie Hodges
Robbie's Mother
Joan Shawlee
Miss Selfridge
Mary Grover
Emily Banks
Art Director
Michael Keller
1st Secretary
Merri Ashley
2nd Secretary
Phyllis Davis
Perfume Model
Ursula Menzel
John Hegner
Sally, the Mermaid Model
Susan Henning
Newspaper Employees
Red West, Sonny West

Songs Featured in Live a Little, Love a Little

  • Wonderful World
  • Edge of Reality
  • A Little Less Conversation
  • Almost in Love

Credits for Live a Little, Love a Little

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Produced by Douglas Laurence
  • Directed by Norman Taurog
  • Screenplay by Michael A. Hoey and Dan Greenburg
  • Photographed in Metrocolor and Panavision by Fred Koenekamp
  • Music by Billy Strange
  • Choreography by Jack Regas and Jack Baker
  • Released October 23, 1968
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