Believe it or not, Elvis Presley actually made some good movies.

Sure, at the height of his film career, throughout the 1960s, he was cranking out three tame, corny, formulaic musicals a year, movies that robbed him of his rock 'n' roll edge and made him safe for children. But it's time to reexamine the conventional wisdom that Elvis' movies are a part of his career that's best forgotten.

On the 75th anniversary of his birth (Jan. 8), his movies are getting a reappraisal, in essays like this one from the Los Angeles Times and in festivals like the one today over at Turner Classic Movies, where the film scholars who run the channel have programmed a whole day of arguably classic Elvis movies.
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