Directed by Boris Sagal 
Produced by Joe Pasternak 
Written by Harvey Bullock & R. S. Allen
Music by George E. Stoll 
Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop 
Editing by Rita Roland 
Studio Euterpe
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
Release date April 7, 1965
Running time 96 minutes 
Country United States 
Language English 
Box office $3,250,000 (US)

SYNOPSIS:

Nightclub singer Rusty Wells and his band have just closed their engagement at the club where they work in Chicago, and are just about ready to leave for their annual spring break trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida—that is, until the club's owner, Big Frank, extends their stay at his club, foiling the band's plans for some sun and fun in Florida.

At the same time, Big Frank's daughter, college student Valerie also takes her spring break in Lauderdale with her friends, which worries her father to no end. So at the suggestion of Rusty (who sees this situation as an opportunity for him and the guys to make Lauderdale after all), Big Frank hires Rusty and his band to make the trip to Lauderdale to look after Valerie to make sure she stays out of trouble. But the task isn't easy, as Rusty and the guys struggle to keep sex-crazed Italian exchange student Romano away from Valerie, while at the same time Rusty has to keep explaining the situation to his date, a good-time girl named Deena, who has no patience for guys who stand her up or keep her waiting.

Rusty's watch over Valerie eventually leads to the two of them falling in love (after Rusty walks Valerie to her motel room, serenading her with "Puppet on a String"). However, after Big Frank reveals to Valerie that he is paying Rusty to be her chaperone, Valerie becomes angry and devastated to the point of going to a local nightclub, getting drunk, and starting a riot, landing everyone there in jail.

When Big Frank arrives in Lauderdale to spring Valerie from jail, he is angry with Rusty at first. But after he sees that Valerie has fallen in love with Rusty, Big Frank makes amends with Rusty, allowing Rusty and Valerie to once again rekindle their relationship.


CAST:

Elvis Presley as Rusty Wells
Shelley Fabares as Valerie Frank
Harold Stone as Big Frank
Gary Crosby as Andy
Joby Baker as Wilbur
Jimmy Hawkins as Doc
Nita Talbot as Sunny Daze
Mary Ann Mobley as Deena Shepherd
Fabrizio Mioni as Romano Orlada
Jackie Coogan as Sgt. Benson
John Fiedler as Mr. Penchill
Chris Noel as Betsy
Beverly Adams as Girl #2
Dan Haggerty as Charlie 
Red West as Extra in the Kit Kat Club

SONGS:

I Got News For You
Performed by Nita Talbot

Do The Clam
Written by Ben Weisman, Sid Wayne and Dolores Fuller
Performed by Elvis Presley

Girl Happy
Written by Doc Pomus and Norman Meade
Performed by Elvis Presley

Cross My Heart and Hope to Die
Written by Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne
Performed by Elvis Presley

Do Not Disturb
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley

Spring Fever
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley

Wolf Call
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley

Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
Written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley

Puppet On a String
Written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley

I've Got to Find My Baby
Written by Joy Byers
Performed by Elvis Presley

The Meanest Girl in Town
Written by Joy Byers
Performed by Elvis Presley

Startin' Tonight
Written by Lenore Rosenblatt and Victor Millrose
Performed by Elvis Presley

 

Girl Happy is a 1965 American musical romantic comedy and beach party film starring Elvis Presley in his 18th feature. The movie won a fourth place prize Laurel Award in the category Top Musical of 1965. It featured the song "Puppet on a String", which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart and in Canada, and was certified Gold by the RIAA.