Monday, January 23, 2006


"I Used to Be in the Musical Business With Elvis, But That Was a Long Time Ago."

I unearthed an arcane bit of film trivia today that I wanted to share with you. The 1958 Elvis Presley vehicle, King Creole, which is loosely based on the Harold Robbins novel A Stone for Danny Fisher, and directed by the legendary Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), was co-written by none other than Michael V. Gazzo, the Oscar nominated actor who portrayed the Corleone family snitch Frankie Pentangeli in The Godfather Part II, who, when questioned by a Senate committee about his involvement in the organized crime family headed by Michael Corleone, has a sudden change of heart and utters the immortal lines, "Oh, I used to be in the olive oil business with his father. But that was a long time ago!" Talk about six degrees of separation! Who would have ever thought we could connect Elvis to Coppola in one?!

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