Previously Unseen | Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash


By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
September 21, 2019

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Previously unseen home movie footage which shows Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash together back in 1957 was included in episode four of Ken Burns 'Country Music' documentary series. The clip shows Elvis Presley dancing, possibly to 'Treat Me Nice' from 'Jailhouse Rock'. A Canada Packers sign in the background while Johnny Cash is on the street would suggest that section is filmed in Canada.

The first shot is Elvis is chewing gum and dancing - a finger from an unseen man snaps along with his dancing (probably Johnny, based on what comes in a moment). Then we get a second shot of Elvis dancing alone. A third shot, a few frames of Elvis with Johnny's pompadour ducking into the left edge of the shot. Fourth and fifth shots that appear to be from the same reel are of Johnny walking a street and in the back seat of a car, respectively. 

Then we get the real gem, of Johnny and Elvis standing together around a table, with both looking pensive, Cash leaning on the table and looking at the camera. This fades into a shot of Elvis and Johnny closer to the window, Elvis stretching his arms to the back of his head, and Johnny now standing up. And finally, one last almost voyeuristic shot of them standing still, looking out the window.

Episode 4, 'I Can't Stop Loving You' of Ken Burns movie 'Country Music' covered the years 1953-1963 and pays a visit to Memphis, Tenn. during the age of rockabilly with Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley; Ray Charles crosses over racial borders by recording a country album; Patsy Cline rises to stardom.

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