Directed by Phil Karlson 
Produced by David Weisbart 
Screenplay by William Fay 
Story by Francis Wallace 
Music by Jeff Alexander 
Cinematography Burnett Guffey 
Editing by Stuart Gilmore 
Studio Mirisch Company 
Distributed by United Artists 
Release date August 11, 1962
Running time 96 minutes 
Country United States 
Language English

SYNOPSIS:

Willy Grogan is a small-time boxing promoter based in the Catskills resort region of Cream Valley, New York. He owns the Grogan's Gaelic Gardens inn. He is a contemptible man and is in debt and pays little attention to the woman who loves him, Dolly, a chain-smoking, love-starved woman residing at the camp. Into their midst comes Walter Gulick, a young man recently discharged from the Army who loves the peaceful setting almost as much as he loves working on old cars. Walter's simple goal is to go into business as a mechanic at a nearby garage.

One day, Walter, in need of work, accepts an offer of five dollars to be a sparring partner and decks one of Willy's top fighters. Willy is persuaded to let this "Galahad" take a shot in a legitimate ring. Both men are reluctant, but each has a need for the money. Walter begins working out under the watchful eye of Willy's top trainer, Lew.

The attractive Rose, younger sister of Willy, shows up unexpectedly. She and Walter immediately hit it off. The obsessively protective Willy doesn't want his kid sister falling for some "grease monkey" mechanic and two-bit boxer. Dolly is envious of the young couple's romance and resents Willy's interference.

After several successes in the ring, Walter is readied for his biggest fight. Gangsters want him to take a dive so that Willy can pay off his debts to them, but "Galahad" throws his muscle behind Willy and emerges victorious. He wins the big fight against Ramon "Sugar Boy" Romero as well as Willy's approval, retiring undefeated to his vintage car and his new love.


CAST:

Elvis Presley ... Walter Gulick 
Gig Young ... Willy Grogan 
Lola Albright ... Dolly Fletcher 
Joan Blackman ... Rose Grogan 
Charles Bronson ... Lew Nyack 
David Lewis ... Otto Danzig 
Robert Emhardt ... Maynard
Liam Redmond ... Father Higgins 
Judson Pratt ... Howie Zimmerman
Ned Glass ... Max Lieberman 
George Mitchell ... Harry Sperling
Roy Roberts ... Jerry Bathgate 
Michael Dante ... Joie Shakes 
Richard Devon ... Marvin 
Jeff Morris ... Ralphie
Red West ... Opponent
Del "Sonny" West ... Bit Part
Joe Esposito ... Bit Part

SONGS:

King of the Whole Wide World
Written by Ruth Batchelor & Bob Roberts
Performed by Elvis Presley

This Is Living
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley

Riding the Rainbow
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley

Home Is Where the Heart Is
Written by Sherman Edwards & Hal David
Performed by Elvis Presley

I Got Lucky
Written by Dolores Fuller, Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley

A Whistling Tune
Written by Sherman Edwards & Hal David
Performed by Elvis Presley

Love Is for Lovers
Written by Ruth Batchelor and Sharon Silbert

 

Kid Galahad is a 1962 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer. It was released by United Artists. The film opened at #9 at the box office when released in the United States in August 1962. Variety ranked it #37 on the list of the top-grossing films of 1962.

Kid Galahad was shot on location in Idyllwild, California. Its supporting cast included Gig Young, Lola Albright and Charles Bronson. Some critics rate it as one of Elvis Presley's best performances.

The film is a remake of the 1937 original version starring Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, and Humphrey Bogart and directed by Michael Curtiz, who also directed the Presley 1958 film King Creole.