Clambake denoted the last time Elvis was paid $1 million for a film, and it was later uncovered he simply consented to it because he was in debt. Elvis’ disinterest saw shooting pushed back several times, and his future spouse Priscilla uncovered he was so depressed over his film output during this period he started overeating. On the first day of shooting, Elvis tripped in his bathroom and hit his head, prompting a concussion that further deferred production.
With indifferent songs and a predictable story, Clambake fails to be the lighthearted ocean side film it’s trying to be. As Elvis – who sang in each film bar western Charro! – thought Clambake was his worst film, it denoted a turning point in his vocation as he later refocused his attention on his musical profession. It didn’t help that Clambake wasn’t a hit either, and presently it’s a film just genuine Elvis fans could cherish.
1967’s Clambake was Presley’s 25th film and cast him as a rich successor to an oil tycoon who decides to trade places with a water-ski instructor at a Florida hotel. This is the place where he becomes an adversary to a rich playboy portrayed by Incredible Hulk star Bill Bixby, falls for Shelley Fabares’ Dianne and learns what it resembles to live a non-advantaged life. In terms of Elvis’ movies, Clambake is very by the numbers and lacks energy. It doesn’t help the star obviously wants to be elsewhere, and later on, Elvis named Clambake his worst film.
Here’s the reason Elvis Presley thought 1967’s Clambake was his worst film. After Elvis accomplished international notoriety as a singer during the 1950s, it didn’t take long for him to start showing up in movies. He made his debut in a supporting job in 1956 western Love Me Tender, for which he also played out several songs. Elvis’ chief Colonel Tom Parker soon saw to it that the singer routinely showed up in movies marketed around his stardom, including Jailhouse Rock and Blue Hawaii.