Elvis Presley’s tenth movie was ”Kid Galahad”, filmed in 1962 for United Artists. Filming for Kid Galahad” was October 23, 1961 until December 20, 1961. ”Kid Galahad” was released in August 1962 and reached #9 on Variety’s list of top-grossing films for that week. It was ranked at #37 for the year.
The basic concept of the Wallace story was kept, but there were some alterations, such as changing the name and pre-boxing occupation of the title character. In this version he’s Walter Gulick, a mechanic newly home from military service. As Kid Galahad – or Walter Gulick, Elvis turns up in Cream Valley after being demobbed and looking for work. Inevitably, he finds two: one as a mechanic, and one as a sparring partner for a local boxer. When Elvis knocks out the boxer he’s sparring with, the manipulative, but decent manager Gig Young sees his potential as a fighter.
In ”Kid Galahad” the story called for the fighters training camp to be set in the Catskills of New York in the summertime. However, the movie was filmed in the fall/winter season in Idlywild, California, a resort east of Los Angeles. In this higher elevation it was getting colder as winter temperatures do, even in sunny California. The actors have recalled having to wear summer wardrobe and smile while in fact they were freezing cold and trying not to have their breath show up on camera.
A theatrically released film called ”Kid Galahad” came out in 1937, based on a Frances Wallace story and directed by Michael Curtiz (who later directed the Elvis film ”King Creole” in 1958). ”Kid Galahad” starred Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Wayne Morris played the role of Ward ”Kid Galahad” Guisenberry a bellhop who unintentionally becomes a boxer and falls in love with his promoter’s sister. When this movie aired on TV it was renamed ”Battling Bellhop” to avoid confusion with the 1962 film ”Kid Galahad” starring Elvis Presley.