Blue Hawaii (1961) Stars: Elvis Presley Joan Blackman Angela Lansbury Run Time: 102 min Musical ~ Chadwick Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surfboard, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend Maile Duval. His mother, Sarah Lee, wants him to follow in his father's footsteps and take over management at the family business, but Chad is reluctant, so he goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.
Elvis reprises his role as an over-sexed male, which he last played in MGM’s Girl Happy the year before. It is again an undemanding role for him, but Elvis at least plays it with smiling exuberance, an attitude so important to Presley films in the mid-sixties, when he carried the picture’s entire entertainment load on his back. “Presley delivers one of his customary ingratiating portrayals,” noted Variety, “in usual voice and adept at comedy.”