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February 9, 2023

Candid Vintage Photos of Elvis Presley on the Set of ‘Love Me Tender’, His First Acting Debut

Love Me Tender is a 1956 American musical Western film stars Richard Egan, Debra Paget, and Elvis Presley in his acting debut. As Presley's movie debut, it was the only time in his acting career that he did not receive top billing.

After Presley performed the song Love Me Tender for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show during a break in filming the movie, advanced sales of the single had resulted in it going Gold before even being released—an industry first. In order to match the success, Fox announced the film's title would be changed from The Reno Brothers to Love Me Tender.

Producer David Weibsart said during the shoot Presley was “humble, polite, solicitous... He was co operative with us, never late, and very serious about acting. This was another kind of career for him.” Take a look back at the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll during the filming of his first acting debut through these fascinating vintage photos below:


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