Elvis is a singing rodeo rider who drifts into an expensive dude ranch patronized by wealthy glamour girls. The owner, Vera Radford, hires Elvis as a stable man. Pretty physical fitness trainer Pam Merritt has a letter from her late grandfather directing her to a cache of gold in the ghost town of Silverado. The sheriff and his gang learn of the letter and plot to take it away from her.
Elvis Presley ... Lonnie Beale / Panhandle Kid
Julie Adams ... Vera Radford
Jocelyn Lane ... Pamela Meritt
Jack Mullaney ... Stanley Potter
Merry Anders ... Estelle Penfield
Connie Gilchrist ... Hilda (masseuse)
Edward Faulkner ... Brad Bentley
Bill Williams ... Deputy Sheriff John Sturdivant
Louie Elias ... Henry (gardener)
Barbara Werle ... Barbara
John Dennis ... Adolph (chef)
Laurie Burton ... Janet
Allison Hayes ... Mabel
Linda Rogers ... Clair Kincannon
Ann Morell ... Sibyl
Although the Elvis formula films were pretty much the same when they were released, two factors made some significantly more appealing and memorable than others; the actress playing his love interest and the songs that were incorporated into the production.
A third variable, more important 40 years later, is how well each film has held up. Generally the less exotic the setting and the further Elvis is from an ocean, the better they have aged. In this regard "Tickle Me" benefits from its desert ranch and western Ghost Town sets-nothing elaborate and the only water is a rain storm.
And while the song selection in "Tickle Me" is nothing to get excited about, the leading lady is spectacular. Whenever Elvis movies come up in conversation you will find someone asking which one showcased Jocelyn Lane as an exercise instructor, then they get this far away look in their eyes and a dreamy expression on their face.
Lane makes "Tickle Me" the most memorable of the Elvis films for male viewers. I would rank it second, edged out slightly by "Viva Las Vegas" which not only has Ann Margret but a great song selection.
This really is an entertaining movie. Although corny, it makes you laugh if you think about how stupid it is and how much movies have evolved since then. Elvis absolutely hated these movies. He did enjoy his first four, ( Love me Tender, Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, and King Creole) King Creole was his favorite to make and probably his best movie period. He hated making the silly musical movies of the sixties. He knew they were stupid. However, Colonel Parker had him brainwashed in the beginning and before Elvis knew what he was doing was going to ruin his career for 8 years, he was already obligated into contracts 5 years in advance. He went on to make a comeback in 1968 and reclaim his throne as the king of rock. That is what he is, the king of rock n' roll, and he wasn't a bad actor either, he did the best with the absolutely HORRIBLE scripts thrown at him as he could. He did just as well with those scripts as Brando could have.
A very funny film. The soundtrack was composed of old songs from earlier Elvis LPs (to keep the film's budget at a minimum). Elvis looks great and Jocelyn Lane looks incredible. In my opinion (along with many others), Jocelyn was the prettiest costar Elvis ever had. Julie Adams is very attractive as the "older" woman. Practically all of the women in the film are hot (and there are loads of groovy gals). In fact--although not intending to be--"Tickle Me" remains one of the best children's pictures ever. I certainly couldn't get enough of it when it played at the local theater when I was in grade school. I went back to see it again five times! What can I say? Puberty calling!
* This is the only movie for which Elvis Presley did not record a new soundtrack. All the songs had been recorded between 1960 and 1963, and had already been released on several albums or singles.
* Elvis made this film in a deal with the floundering Allied Artists which saw him take a pay cut and not record any new material in exchange for 50% of the film's profits. The film was a big earner, which is credited in saving Allied Artists from bankruptcy.
* Man who fight's with Lonnie (Elvis Presley) is Presley's bodyguard and personal friend Red West.
* While filming Elvis Presley gave his Sony video camera to director Norman Taurog. At the time those cameras were really rare in USA. Taurog liked the idea of it because with video camera he can shoot the scene himself and watch the scene before it goes to edit.