Elvis On Tour
Shooting began Mar/Apr 1972
Released November 1, 1972
Producers: Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel
Directors: Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel
The second documentary to capture Elvis in performance focused on his road show. This one chronicles an extensive 15-city tour in the spring of 1972. The tour started in Buffalo, NY and ended in Albuquerque, NM. Much of the tour centered along the South. Additional footage reveals Elvis backstage and off-guard. A camera followed Elvis and his entourage while Elvis was asked to comment on such topics as his music and his childhood. Elvis On Tour did not present the real Elvis, it only added to the myth that surrounded him. Despite the filmmakers' intentions, Elvis would drop no veils. In lieu of a revealing portrait, the filmmakers succeeded in capturing the hectic pace of Elvis's tour through a montage sequence of cities visited during the tour. A collection of clips from his movies in which Elvis kisses a number of his costars adds a touch of humor.
"Johnny B. Goode" Sung over opening credits
"See See Rider"
"Polk Salad Annie"
"Never Been To Spain"
"Don't Be Cruel" (clip from "The Ed Sullivan Show")
"Ready Teddy" (Clip from "The Ed Sullivan Show")
""That's All Right, (Mama)" (Sun Records release)
"Lead Me, Guide Me" (With the Stamps Quartet backstage)
"Bosom of Abraham" (With the Stamps Quartet backstage; Charlie Hodge sang lead, Elvis sang bass)
"Love Me Tender"
"Until It's Time For you To Go"
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"
"Funny How Time Slips Away"
"An American Trilogy"
"Mystery Train" (Sun Records release)
"I Got A Woman/Amen"
"A Big Hunk o' Love"
"You Gave Me A Mountain"
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy"
"Can't Help Falling In Love"
"Memories" (sung over closing credits)
Elvis sang the title to "Rainy Night in Georgia," a few lines of "For the Good Times" in a limousine with Red West and Charlie Hodge, and this line backstage: "And I'm never gonna see my wonderland." The Stamps sang "Lighthouse" and "Sweet, Sweet Spirit." Joe Guercio's orchestra played "Also Sprach Zarathustra."
Elvis on Tour focused primarily on Elvis's fifteen-city tour in April 1972. The tour began April 5 in Buffalo, New York, and ended on April 19 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Elvis On Tour was first known as Standing Room Only. The title was then changed during filming to Elvis on Tour in the USA.
The Jackie Kahane monologue at the beginning of the movie was filmed at the T. H. Barton Coliseum in San Antonio, TX on April 18, 1972.
In Roanoke, VA, Elvis was given the key to the city by mayor Roy Webber (April 11, 1972).
Disc jockey George Klein introduced "Suspicious Minds" while scenes of Graceland were shown.
Elvis on Tour grossed $449,270 at 187 theaters in 105 cities in its first weekend of release.
Although Elvis disliked interviews, he granted one for the producers during production. In May 1972, Elvis sat in a small dressing room at MGM with Jerry Schilling, Red and Sonny West, Joe Esposito, and Charlie Hodge, and for two hours shared his life story with Adidge and Abel.
Elvis On Tour won a Golden Globe Award in 1973. Elvis was in Las Vegas when the awards banquet was held in the Hollywood Palladium. He watched the show on his bathroom television and was thrilled when he learned that the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had voted Elvis On Tour as the Best Documentary of the Year.
Elvis on Tour reached #13 on Variety's weekly list of top-grossing films.
Three weeks after Elvis's death, NBC-TV broadcast an abbreviated, sixty-minute version of Elvis on Tour (September 7, 1977).