50th Anniversary: Elvis Presley’s ‘Double Trouble’Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland on Mar 30, 2017 | 7 comments
Double the Elvis movies, double the fun!
Just a few weeks after “Easy Come, Easy Go,” was released, Elvis Presley’s next movie, the musical comedy “Double Trouble,” followed.
Like “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “Double Trouble” doesn’t top many fans’ lists of favorite Elvis films, and it performed well – but not great – at the box office. Still, fans enjoy the laughs, the music and, of course, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, in this romp about a rock star who gets mixed up with an heiress, jewel thieves and detectives.
“Double Trouble” is Elvis’ 24th film. He actually filmed it before he filmed his 23rd film, “Easy Come, Easy Go,” although “Easy Come, Easy Go” was released just before “Double Trouble.” Elvis filmed “Double Trouble” in July – August 1966, and it was released April 5, 1967.
The original working title of the film was “You’re Killing Me,” but “Double Trouble” worked better.
It was directed by Norman Taurog, who directed nine of Elvis’ films, more than any other director. He directed “Double Trouble,” “G.I. Blues,” “Blue Hawaii,” “It Happened at the World’s Fair,” “Spinout,” “Tickle Me,” “Speedway,” “Live a Little, Love a Little” and “Girls! Girls! Girls!” Norman also directed “Skippy,” “Boys Town” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and he worked with many of Hollywood’s biggest starts, including Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Dean Martin, Donna Reed and more.
Elvis’ “Double Trouble” co-star Annette Day made her film debut in this movie. She was working at an antique shop when she was discovered by a producer. “Double Trouble” is the only movie she ever made.
John Williams, who stars in “Double Trouble,” also starred in “Sabrina” and “To Catch a Thief.”
While the movie took place in Belgium and Britain, it wasn’t filmed there. Elvis made the movie entirely on the MGM lot in Culver City, California.
While Elvis was filming this movie, he went to a Jackie Wilson concert and met the singer backstage. Elvis invited him to the set of “Double Trouble.” At the Jackie Wilson show, Elvis also met singer James Brown. Elvis was good friends with both Jackie and James for the rest of his life.
Speaking of James Brown, you can check out a suit James sported on stage at our new exhibit, Icons: The Influence of Elvis Presley. The exhibit features artifacts from artists who were inspired by Elvis, like John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood.
Speaking of new exhibits and museums, if Elvis’ movies are your favorites, you’ve got to come to Graceland to see our new Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum. It’s the world’s largest Elvis museum, and it includes artifacts from both his music and movie career. You can see movie costumes, props and other items from Elvis’ films. Learn more about the Graceland experience now.
Also, be sure to tune in to our Starring Elvis Presley Podcast. Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Libby Perry and Sheena Barnett are watching all of Elvis’ movies in chronological order and discussing one per episode. They’re not up to “Double Trouble” yet – but you can still watch (and listen) along with them. Tune in here.
What’s your favorite “Double Trouble” scene?