The Shelley / Elvis chemistry was such a success, that they paired again in 1966 for "Spinout. In Spinout Shelley plays "Cynthia", a rich, spoiled "Daddy's Girl ". Shelley, Deborah Walley, and Diane McBain are all out to get Elvis as their husband, but he enjoys playing the field, saying he is not the marrying kind. Spinout comes equipped with a selection of rockin' Elvis songs.
Fabares' third and final film with Presley was the 1967 hit, Clambake. Here Elvis plays a rich guy who trades places with a water-skiing instructor in order to escape his controlling father. Shelley's character dumps boyfriend Bill Bixby to pair up with Elvis. A few of the featured songs are Clambake and Confidence.
Shelley Fabares went on to even greater fame and popularity by costarring on such television shows as The Brian Keith Show and the hit sitcom, Coach. She is happily married to M*A*S*H's Mike Farrell.
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On November 21, 1993, Bixby passed away after a valiant battle with cancer. At that time he had been working for the new TV series Blossom.
Will Hutchins was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 5, 1932. His birth name was Marshall Lowell Hutchason. Hutchins later went on to school at Pomona College and UCLA. During this time he also spent two years as an Army Cryptographer. After all this, Will was offered a contract at Warner Brothers. Of course he took the offer and Hutchins began to star on the western television series Sugarfoot. With the popularity of the show, Will got the chance to co-star in many things including guest appearacnes on the television shows Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip and his first film, Lafayette Escadrille. After his work in two more films, No Time For Sergeants with Andy Griffith and Claudelle Inglish with fellow Elvis co-star Diane McBain (Spinout), Hutchins was sent to the Philippines where he would re-fight World War II for his next movie, Merrill’s Marauders. For the next two years, Will was on the road doing the Broadway play Never Too Late.
When Hutchins returned to Hollywood, he was chosen to co-star in Elvis Presley’s next two films Spinout and Clambake . In Spinout Will played Lt. Tracy Richards, an officer who falls for Deborah Walley’s character, Les; and in Clambake he played Elvis’ buddy Tom Wilson/Scott Hayward.
Following his work with the King, Hutchins did the movie The Shooting with Jack Nicholson and Elvis co-star Millie Perkins (Wild in the Country). Will also landed starring roles on two more television shows, Hey Landlord! and Blonde. For the rest of his career, Hutchins mostly did TV movies but also traveled around the world doing things such as Tippy Hedren’s film Roar. To date, Will’s last acting appearance was in the movie Gunfighter.
Today, Hutchins is married and working at NBC. When recently asked about Elvis, Will’s response was “Best and most fun actor I’ve ever had the honor to work with”, and says that of the two Elvis movies he made, Clambake was the most fun.Click here to see my Will Hutchins autograph.
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