From 1956 to 1969, Elvis Presley made more than 30 movies, such as Roustabout, Girls! Girls! Girls! and Harum Scarum. They were low budget and formulaic: some songs, a pretty girl, a chase scene, and a fight. With our handy generator, you can make up your very own Elvis movie.
1. PICK A NAME FOR ELVIS’S CHARACTER
It should be something masculine, preferably one syllable.
Real examples: Clint, Vince, Chad, Rick, Jess, Deke, Josh
Or it can be playful and boyish, usually ending with the letter “y.”
Real examples: Jimmy, Johnny, Toby, Danny, Rusty, Lucky
2. PICK A PROFESSION FOR ELVIS’S CHARACTER
He always has a job that requires lifting, throwing, and/or sweating. Extra points if it’s dangerous or mildly threatening.
Real examples: boxer, helicopter pilot, gambler, rodeo cowboy, lifeguard, crop duster, waterskiing instructor, tour guide, soldier, racecar driver, pro bono doctor, Navy frogman, handyman
Or it can be something a little more believable for Elvis.
Real examples: rock ’n’ roll singer, traveling singer, nightclub singer,
coffeehouse singer, jazz singer, riverboat singer
3. PICK A FUN-LOVING AND WHIMSICAL TITLE
A good title should contain one or more of the following: “Girls,” “Love,” “Rock,” a city or state, an article of women’s clothing, a nonsense word, two words that rhyme, or an exclamation point. Some examples we made up:
So Many Girls So Little Time, What a Night!, That Darn Girl, Gals-a-Poppin!, Wackity Schmackity, Howdy Denver!, Drive Faster!, What’s a Feller to Do?, Too Many Bikinis, Say Hey, Once Upon a Time in the Islands, Aloha Mexico
4. CREATE A PLOT BY FILLING IN THESE BLANKS
In (title of the movie), Elvis plays (character’s name), a (character’s profession) who needs to raise $5,000 by the end of the week to (get into the big race, stay out of jail, buy his airplane back, fix his motorcycle, etc.). Will he do it in time? And will he win the heart of (Judy, Valerie, Cathy, Lily, etc.) in the process?
Here are a few we came up with:
- In Stockholm Stockings, Elvis plays Dash, a lobster fisherman who needs to raise $5,000 by the end of the week in order to buy back his father’s scuba business. Will he do it in time? And will he win the heart of Betty, the waitress in the local pie shop, in the process?
- In Racin’, Elvis plays Johnny, a motorcycle racer who needs to raise $5,000 by the end of the week in order to get enough money for the race entry fee. Will he do it in time? And will he win the heart of Sheree, the sheriff’s daughter, in the process?
- In Turnpike, Elvis plays Lance, a singing truck driver who needs to raise $5,000 by the end of the week in order to buy a pony for the kids at the orphanage. Will he do it in time? And will he win the heart of Margie, the lady doctor who works in the orphanage, in the process?
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