ELVIS PLAYING DUAL ROLES
Scene from the movie with Yvonne Craig and Pamela Austin.
"KISSIN' COUSINS" is a 1964 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Nelson and written by Gerald Drayson Adams and Gene Nelson. The screenplay was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award in the category of Best Written American Musical. However, "MARY POPPINS" won for the year.
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"KISSIN' COUSINS" was set in the Great Smokey Mountains in the hills of Tennessee, but filmed in California at Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, and the MGM studios.
Publicity still from the movie
"KISSIN' COUSINS" was produced by Dick Fitzwell for Four-Leaf Productions, and was distributed in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on Friday, March 6, 1964. The film reached #11 on the Variety National Box Office Chart, earned $2.8 million in the United States, and finished #26 on the year-end list of the top-grossing movies of 1964.
Elvis Presley as Josh Morgan and Jodie Tatum
Glenda Farrell as Ma Tatum
Arthur O'Connell as Pappy Tatum
Jack Albertson as Captain Robert Salbo
Pamela Austin as Selena Tatum
Cynthia Pepper as Midge
Yvonne Craig as Azalea Tatum
Donald Woods as General Alvin Donford
Tommy Farrell as Sgt. William George Bailey
Elvis played two roles in the film, an Air Force officer with dark hair and his look-alike cousin with blond hair.
Lance LeGault was the stunt double for Elvis during the action shots between the identical characters.
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Elvis Presley plays Air Force Second Lieutenant, Josh Morgan. He goes on assignment to the Great Smoky Mountains to convince his distant relatives on his mother's side, to lease a part of their land to the Army to build an ICMB missile site. His mission is complicated when he meets his look-alike cousin, Jodie Tatum (also played by Elvis Presley).
Josh negotiates a deal with Pappy Tatum (played by Arthur O'Connell) to sell one side of his mountain to the government as long as government employees don't trespass on Tatum's side and interfere with Pappy's moonshining.
Josh also encounters two country cousins, Azalea Tatum (played by Yvonne Craig) and Selena Tatum (played by Pamela Austin), who compete to win Josh's affection. Josh eventually chooses Azalea and pairs off Selena with his friend Master Sergeant William Bailey (played by Tommy Farrell). Jodie, on the other hand, falls for PFC Midge Riley (played by Cynthia Pepper), an Air Force WAC.