1956: Presley signs with Wallis

Elvis Presley, “the nation’s only atomic-powered singer,” signed with Hal Wallis … Rita Hayworth receives $150,000 but no percentage of “Fire Down Below.” However, she gets billed over Bob Mitchum, who’ll receive $200,000 plus 10% of the profits! So, who cares about billing … Esther Williams’ answer to the Arab League, which reportedly banned her Aquacade because she contributes to Israeli charities: “I’ll show ’em, I’ll take my show to Israel and we’ll play it right on the border firing line.” She adds, she’ll continue to do charity shows for needy people of all faiths. “And,” she adds, “you can tell that to the Arab League” … Credit sheet for “Lisbon” lists Ray Milland as star; R.A. Milland as associate producer and R. Milland as director. During story conferences he must have been me-deep in conversation.

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