Flaming Star (1960)
Film / Western
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, John McIntire and Dolores del Rio
Elvis Presley’s sixth film is said to have been one of Presley’s best acting performances, where he plays the mixed-blood Pacer Burton, the son of a Kiowa mother and a Texas rancher father. His family, including a half-brother, Clint, live a typical life on the Texas frontier. When a nearby tribe of Kiowa begin raiding neighboring homesteads, life becomes anything but typical. It isn’t long before Pacer finds himself caught between the two worlds, part of both but belonging to neither. After the loss of their parents, the Burton family is split between loyalties as Pacer sides with the Indians and his half-brother Clint with the whites.
After having huge success at the box office, G.I. Blues led to one of Presley’s best selling albums. However, determined to be taken seriously as an actor, Presley wanted more roles with fewer songs. Flaming Star was initially set to include four songs, but Presley demanded two of the songs be removed and it ended up with only the title song and a short number in the opening scene.
Flaming Star - Trailer
Directors: Don Siegel
Actors: Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Elvis Presley, Dolores del Rio