Review: ‘Kissin’ Cousins’

This Elvis Presley concoction is a pretty dreary effort. Gerald Drayson Adams came up with a ripe story premise, but he and Gene Nelson appear to have run dry of creative inspiration in trying to develop it. Yarn is concerned with the problem faced by the US government in attempting to establish an ICBM base on land owned by an obstinate hillbilly clan. To solve the problem, the air force sends in a lieutenant (Presley) who is kin to the stubborn critters, among whom is his lookalike cousin (Elvis in a blond wig, no less).

This Elvis Presley concoction is a pretty dreary effort. Gerald Drayson Adams came up with a ripe story premise, but he and Gene Nelson appear to have run dry of creative inspiration in trying to develop it. Yarn is concerned with the problem faced by the US government in attempting to establish an ICBM base on land owned by an obstinate hillbilly clan. To solve the problem, the air force sends in a lieutenant (Presley) who is kin to the stubborn critters, among whom is his lookalike cousin (Elvis in a blond wig, no less).

Histrionically, Presley does as well as possible under the circumstances. He also sings eight songs. Arthur O’Connell is excellent as the patriarch of the mountain clan, but what a mountainous waste of talent.

Kissin' Cousins

Production

Four Leaf/M-G-M. Director Gene Nelson; Producer Sam Katzman; Screenplay Gerald Drayson Adams, Gene Nelson; Camera Ellis W. Carter; Editor Ben Lewis; Music Fred Karger (sup.); Art Director George W. Davis, Eddie Imazu

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Elvis Presley Arthur O'Connell Glenda Farrell Jack Albertson Pam Austin Yvonne Craig

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