Was he a good actor? Could he have possibly done better with his acting career had Colonel Parker allowed him to branch out? I've heard he wanted roles in West Side Story, and other well-known films of the era, but Parker quickly declined the offers (or, convinced Elvis to back out). His earliest films, the first four or so, seemed to show promise to some critics. Jailhouse Rock, his third film, for instance, received criticism for its portrayal of a convict as a hero and for its language, but was generally well-reviewed overall. It seems his fourth film, King Creole, showed the most promise of Elvis as a maturing actor, but following his army tenure, it all went south. His more dramatic turns in Flaming Star and Wild in the Country weren't major financial gushers, so Parker convinced his client to revert to formula—formulaic, modestly budgeted musical comedies. Are there any films of Elvis' you particularly enjoyed? Was he an actor or a pretty face that sold tickets? Could have a tackled the roles he wanted and succeeded in them?