Thursday, January 18, 2007

Blue Hawaii A Smash At The Grand

I just got back from a screening of Elvis Presley's 1961 "Blue Hawaii" at the Oshkosh Grand Opera House. What a great event! Even though the roads were wet and kind of slick, the attendance was awesome, probably one of this highest ever for the Screen Scene Film Series. Lots of peope showed up wearing Hawaiin shirts and leis.

After the film, my colleague Doug Heil from the UW Oshkosh Radio/TV/Film program led an engaging discussion of Elvis and cinema. Not to be outdone, Grand Opera House Executive Director Joe Ferlo cooked fried peanut butter & banana sandwiches for everyone.

There's lots of catchy tunes and dance numbers in the film, but Elvis singing "I can't help falling in love with you" to his girlfriend's grandmother is the show stopper.

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