Ever wonder what our popular culture looked like before the British invasion? Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager, made a career out of meeting the needs of people like you.
Kissin’ Cousins was Elvis’ 14th film in 8 years.
From a spectacularly detailed Elvis fan site:
Kissin’ Cousins, produced by Sam Katzman, is consistently singled out as Elvis’s worst film. Katzman had a notorious reputation for churning out low-budget films on short schedules. Estimates on how long it took to shoot Kissin’ Cousins vary from source to source, but all claim it was less than three weeks.
Kissin’ Cousins made lots of money. The Writers Guild Of America nominated it for Best Written American Musical. Perhaps more importantly, this is where you see Terri Garr, looking a little lost, as she starts her movie career. She’s in the dark blue dress in the above clip.
I have never seen Kissin’ Cousins, but I hereby claim it as an Oregon film on the basis of the following contributions. Director Gene Nelson was born in Astoria. Cinematographer Ellis Carter was from Ashland.