Directed by Richard Thorpe 
Produced by Pandro S. Berman 
Screenplay by Guy Trosper 
Story by Nedrick Young 
Music by Jeff Alexander 
Cinematography Robert J. Bronner 
Editing by Ralph E. Winters 
Studio Avon Productions 
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
Release date October 17, 1957
Running time 96 minutes 
Country United States 
Language English 
Budget $400,000 (estimated) 
Box office $4,000,000 (USA)


Construction worker Vince Everett accidentally kills a drunk and belligerent man in a bar-room brawl. He is sentenced to between one and ten years in the state penitentiary for manslaughter. His new cellmate, a washed-up country and western singer Hunk Houghton (Mickey Shaughnessy), starts teaching Vince to play the guitar after hearing Vince sing and strum Hunk's guitar. Hunk convinces Vince to participate in an upcoming inmate show, which is broadcast on nationwide television. Vince receives numerous fan letters as a result, but Hunk ensures they are not delivered to Vince. Hunk then convinces Vince to sign a contract to become equal partners in his act.

Elvis Presley as Vince Everett talks to Hunk Houghton in their cellUpon his release 20 months later, the warden gives Vince his fan mail. Hunk promises Vince a singing job at a nightclub owned by a friend, where Vince meets Peggy Van Alden, a promoter for singer Mickey Alba. Vince is surprised when the club owner denies him a job as a singer but offers him a job as a busboy. Vince goes on stage when the house band takes a break, and starts to sing "Young and Beautiful", but becomes enraged by a customer who is paying no attention and laughing. Vince smashes his guitar and leaves the club. Peggy follows Vince and persuades him to record a demo so that he can listen to himself. Vince records "Don't Leave Me Now", which Peggy takes to Geneva Records. Unimpressed, the manager agrees to play the tape for his boss in New York. The next day, Peggy informs Vince that the song has been sold. She then takes him to a party at her parents' home, but Vince offends a guest he mistakenly believes is belittling him and leaves. Angry and offended, Peggy confronts Vince, who kisses her.

Vince and Peggy go to buy Vince's single, but are shocked to discover Mickey Alba's recording has been released instead.. Vince storms into the label's office and slaps the manager. To avoid being deceived, Vince suggests that he and Peggy should form their own label, which they do. The name it Laurel Records and hire an attorney, Mr. Shores (Vaughn Taylor). Vince records "Treat Me Nice", and begins pitching it but it is universally rejected. Peggy convinces her friend, disc jockey Teddy Talbot (Dean Jones) to air the song in exchange for a date, and it becomes an immediate hit. Later that evening, Vince asks Peggy out to celebrate, but is disappointed when he learns that she has accepted a dinner date with Teddy. Vince again appears on television. During a party, Hunk visits him after being paroled and persuades Vince to give him a spot on the upcoming show. Vince rehearses "Jailhouse Rock" in a stylized cell block. Hunk's number is cut because of his outdated music style. Afterward, Vince informs Hunk that according to his lawyer, the contract they signed in prison is worthless. Vince offers Hunk instead a fee of ten percent, which he accepts.


Elvis Presley as Vince Everett
Judy Tyler as Peggy Van Alden
Mickey Shaughnessy as Hunk Houghton
Vaughn Taylor as Mr. Shores
Jennifer Holden as Sherry Wilson
Dean Jones as Teddy Talbot


One More Day
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Mickey Shaughnessy

Young And Beautiful
Written by Abner Silver & Aaron Schröder
Performed by Elvis Presley

I Want To Be Free
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley

Don't Leave Me Now
Written by Aaron Schröder (as Aaron Schroeder) & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley

Treat Me Nice
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley

Jailhouse Rock
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
Choreographed by Elvis Presley

(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley


Jailhouse Rock is a 1957 American musical drama film

The wife of producer Pandro S. Berman convinced him to create a film with Presley in the leading role. Berman delegated the casting to Benny Thau, head of the studio and Abe Lastfogel, president of William Morris Agency. Berman hired Richard Thorpe, who was known for shooting productions quickly. The production of Jailhouse Rock began on May 13, 1957, and concluded on June 17 of that year. The dance sequence to the film's title song is often cited as "Presley's greatest moment on screen".

Before pre-production began, songwriters Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber were commissioned to integrate the film's soundtrack. In April, Leiber and Stoller were called for a meeting in New York City to show the progress of the repertoire. The writers, who had not produced any material, toured the city and were confronted in a hotel room by Jean Aberbach, who locked them into their hotel room by blocking the hotel room door with a sofa until they wrote the material. Presley recorded the soundtrack at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on April 30 and May 3, with an additional session at the MGM Soundstage on May 9. During post-production, the songs were dubbed into the films scenes, in which Presley mimed the lyrics.

Jailhouse Rock premiered on October 17, 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee and was released nationwide on November 8, 1957. It peaked at number 3 on the Variety box office chart, and reached number 14 in the year's box office totals, grossing $4 million. By 1969, the film's box office gross in the United States and Canada was similar to that of The Wizard of Oz. Jailhouse Rock earned mixed reviews, with most of the negative reception directed towards Presley's persona. In 2004, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film.