- 1 hr 40 min
Clambake is a 1967 musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, and Will Hutchins. Directed by Arthur H. Nadel, the movie mainly centres around Elvis Presley, who plays the role of a wealthy heir named Scott Hayward. Scott Hayward is tired of the monotony of his life and yearns for a change. He decides to swap his identity with a water ski instructor named Tom Wilson, played by Will Hutchins, in order to experience a simpler life without the luxuries afforded by his wealth. Soon after the swap, he meets his love interest, Dianne Carter, played by Shelley Fabares. Dianne is a girl who is tired of men only being interested in her father's money. She sees through Scott's disguise and falls in love with him for who he is, not his wealth. Throughout the movie, Scott tries to win her over while also trying to keep up his disguise. The movie is named after the clambake, a traditional New England feast where clams, lobsters, and other seafood are roasted over an open fire. The clambake is a significant event in the movie, as it involves a water-ski race to determine the winner of the coveted trophy. Scott, who is a skilled water-skier, enters the competition, hoping to impress and win over Dianne. Clambake features plenty of musical numbers, including 'Clambake,' 'Who Needs Money?,' and 'Hey, Hey, Hey.' These musical numbers, especially those performed by Elvis, are the highlight of the movie. They are perfect examples of his signature style and talent. The songs are catchy and upbeat, and the dance moves are impressive, showcasing Elvisâ grace and agility. However, Clambake has several shortcomings in its storytelling. The movie's plotline is full of cliches, and the script is not as impressive as some of Elvis' other films. The pacing of the film is also slow, which can make it feel long-winded at times. In conclusion, Clambake may not be the best movie in Elvis' filmography, but it's still an entertaining and enjoyable movie. The movie's themes of wealth, class, and love are timeless and resonate even today. Elvis Presley's talent and charisma shine throughout the film, making it worth watching for his fans. And, of course, the catchy musical numbers are sure to get stuck in your head long after the movie is over.