Presley filmed 1962’s Girls! Girls! Girls! and got a little too excited during one scene. He was dancing with actress Laurel Goodwin when he had an erection. His former manager, Joe Esposito recalled the moment in his memoir, “Good Rockin’ Tonight.”
The pair were performing the song, “The Wails Have Ears.” Esposito claimed that The King called it “Little Elvis.”
After it happened, he immediately ran to Esposito. “Did you see that? Did you see what happened below the belt?” Elvis Presley supposedly said. Presley also noted that he hoped that he wouldn’t have to re-shoot the scene. However, his manager assured him that they wouldn’t put it in the final cut of the movie.
When they were watching the final cuts of the movie, the incident was actually still left in it. The director, Norman Taurog made the final decision to leave it in because it was reportedly a complicated scene to film.
“Hot damn! Will you look at that? I was hoping it wouldn’t show because the pants were black,” Presley apparently said at the time. “But there it is, sticking out like a sore thumb … well, sort of like a sore thumb.”
Esposito admitted that they weren’t expecting this. “I couldn’t believe it when the movie came out. There was Elvis, dancing around the apartment with Little Elvis at attention and aimed directly at Laurel!” he concluded.
Watch the scene, below.
Elvis Presley From a Co-Star’s Point of View
Angela Lansbury co-starred with Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii. In an interview with Turner Classic Movies, the Murder, She Wrote star only spoke highly of the rock and roll icon. Lansbury portrayed Sarah Lee Gates, the mother of Presley’s character, Chadwick Gates. In real life, she was only nine years older than him.
“Well obviously I was awed by being in the presence,” she admitted. “But he was an awfully nice young man in those days. He always was a wonderfully nice young man, a very caring person.”
Although he was a kind man, she noted that he did have his demons to work through.
“We had a lovely time, it was a wonderful location. We were on Kauai in the Hawaiian islands. I’ll never forget it, it was really wonderful,” Lansbury added. Their characters shared screen time together and this is the film that helped cement another hit for Presley, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love.”