Elvis: The Comeback Special (1968)

TV Special   |  Not Rated   |    |  Documentary, Music, Musical

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After making movies for many years, Elvis Presley makes a comeback tour in 1968.




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Steve Binder


Allan Blye, Chris Bearde

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7 August 2001 | Jerry Ables
| Spectacular in every way
I have absolutely no complaints about this special because I think it did a great deal of justice to Elvis Presley's stellar career. Everything about it makes it great from the pit session to the musical production numbers. Elvis even closes it out with the awesomely compelling 'If I Can Dream'. This is very easily Elvis at his absolute best. I highly recommend it to any fan.

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The bordello segment that was deleted from the show's main production number before it aired was restored, with other footage, in 1977 for home video and as part of the " Memories of Elvis " special on NBC. Back in 1968, these scenes had made it past the censors, but the broadcast's primary and presenting sponsor, the Singer company, asked that the segment be cut, deeming it too risqué.


Elvis Presley: I got news for you, baby, I did 29 pictures like that!

Alternate Versions

Many different edits of this special have been released to TV and video over the years. Some of these versions have their own IMDb entries under different titles. Among the more notable versions:

  • The original broadcast did not include the bordello musical number "Let Yourself Go" which was edited out at the last minute. It was subsequently restored in later video and TV versions, including the 2004 DVD release.
  • When NBC rebroadcast the special in 1969, it replaced the performance of "Blue Christmas" with "Tiger Man." Some versions of the special released later include both songs. The 2004 DVD version only has Blue Christmas.
  • Two full-hour "sit-down" concerts and two shorter "stand-up" concerts were videotaped for use in the special. The full version of the first sit-down concert was released separately to video and TV in the 1980s as _Elvis: One Night with You (1984) (TV)_. The other 3 concerts were released to video for the first time as bonus material on the 2004 DVD release.
  • Many alternate takes, false starts, bloopers, practical jokes, and run-throughs taped during shooting of the various production numbers have been included in their unedited entirely on the 2004 DVD release. The DVD also includes an alternate version of the special's closing credits without text, unedited footage of a promotional spot shot on the set, and a newly-edited music video of "If I Can Dream" created from some of the previously unseen footage.


All Shook Up
Written by
Otis Blackwell / Elvis Presley
Sung and Performed by Elvis Presley


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Documentary | Music | Musical

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