Elvis lives, at least on Channel 54

MEDIA MONITOR

January 03, 1992|By Steve McKerrow

ON AND OFF THE AIR:

* If you are not a football fan, local station WNUV-Channel 54 has come up with a cute Sunday diversion from the NFL playoffs: a five-film salute to Elvis Presley.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the movie run includes: "G.I. Blues" (1960), "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (1962), "Fun in Acapulco" (1963), "Roustabout!" (1964) and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style!" (1966).

Of course, one of the features of Presley's movies was that the king of rock 'n' roll got to co-star with some pretty hot babes. So here's a quick trivia quiz:

Who were his co-stars in each of the above? (Hints: In one film, the cast of coeds is not particularly memorable. In another, there was a large age difference with his co-star, but a small role player would soon prove to be a big sex-appeal star.)

Time's up.

Presley got over the "G.I. Blues" with leggy dancer Juliet Prowse. One of the "Girls! Girls! Girls!" was Stella Stevens. He had "Fun in Acapulco" with Ursula Andress. His carnival boss in "Roustabout!" was Barbara Stanwyck, and Raquel Welch can be seen in a bit part. And in "Paradise, Hawaiian Style," the cast included a bevy of mostly unremembered beauties, including Suzanna Leigh, Donna Butterworth, Marianna Hill, Irene Tsu and Julie Parrish.

* So much for sentiment. Did anybody else notice that by three minutes past midnight on Wednesday, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC had all cut away from their coverage of New Year's Eve festivities to run commercials? And these dragged on longer than the new year had lasted so far!

* A reminder: WMAR-Channel 2 is warning that frank discussion may make "Teen Sex: Expecting Trouble" unsuitable for the youngest viewers. The show at 8 tonight is part of the "Friends of the Family" program, a production of a sister station which focuses on the problems of teen pregnancy.

* Classic movie buffs take note: Some notable foreign film fare can be found on the Comcast Cablevision system in Baltimore County. A series of 13 foreign movies is showing this month on Cable Channel 17 of Essex Community College.

For example, the great Japanese film "The Seven Samurai," source of the classic U.S. western "The Magnificent Seven," can be seen at 9:30 tonight. And at 8 p.m. tomorrow comes early French director Rene Clair's masterpiece, "A Nous La Liberte."

Other titles to come include "The Bicycle Thief," "Mr. Hulot's Holiday," "Wild Strawberries" and "Ivan the Terrible, Part I." Call 522-1452 for more information.

* How many viewers remember the source of "Diagnosis of Murder," the CBS Sunday movie (9 o'clock, Channel 11)? Dick Van Dyke stars as a doctor who is also an amateur detective, a role he originated on an episode of "Murder, She Wrote."

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