As part of the 91301 Film Series, the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council (CAC) is presenting Elvis Presley’s debut movie Love Me Tender under the stars at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site on July 19. The evening will feature a pre-movie discussion with Agoura Hills resident Allyson Adams, daughter of the actor Nick Adams who was one of Elvis Presley’s first friends in Hollywood and best known for his role as Johnny Yuma on television.
The Santa Monica Mountains served as the outdoor set for Love Me Tender, filmed in 1956. The movie was originally going to be titled “The Reno Brothers” but when advanced sales of Presley’s “Love Me Tender” single passed one million—a first for a single—the film title was changed to match the song. Presley had just exploded onto the American scene as a musician and was new to Hollywood. Adams, a struggling actor and part of the Rebel Without a Cause gang, was infamous for writing about his famous friends.
Allyson will discuss her father’s recently discovered manuscript that chronicled Adams and Presley’s adventures in Hollywood as well as the eight days the actor spent with Presley in Memphis and at his homecoming concert in September 1956. Adams died in 1968 at age 36. Upon discovering the manuscript in later years, Allyson published The Rebel and The King offering a rare glimpse into the friendship between Elvis and Nick. “My father tape recorded Elvis as he shared his thoughts during his controversial beginnings. Now, it’s as if Nick and Elvis are speaking from the grave,” she said.
Doors open at 6 p.m., the discussion begins at 7 p.m., and movie will screen at dusk. Admission is free; event donations are being taken to support the Reyes Adobe Historical Site. Patrons are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets. Picnics are welcome.
Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 818-597-7361. The Reyes Adobe Historical Site is located at 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive in Agoura Hills. For more information call For more information about the program, please contact Jaime Goldstein (818) 597-7361 or [email protected] or visit http://www.91301.org