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Elvis and the Aloha State truly add up to paradise!

This time, The King - as Rick Richards - is an ex-airline pilot who starts a charter helicopter sightseeing service. He soon finds that his new business attracts not only some well-earned capital, but also a variety of beautiful young women! Suzanna Leigh and Julie Parrish help round out the cast as Rick deals with tourists, FAA officials, and a chopper full of dogs!

James Shigeta, famed Japanese actor who later appeared in Die Hard and Mulan, plays Elvis's business partner. Songs include A Dog's Life, Sand Castles and Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?

Suzanna Leigh
"Judy Hudson"

Suzanna Smyth was born on July 26, 1945, in Belgrave, England. Suzanna, only a pre-teen at the time, started her career by being an extra in films such as 1958's Tom Thumb and Oscar Wilde. Leigh later became more noticed when she starred in 13 episodes of Trois Etoile, and televison series made in France.

Suzanna was now begining to co-star in some mid-60's movies including The Pleasure s and Boeing Boeing with Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. This was followed by the role of Judy Hudson in Elvis Presley's 1966 film, Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Leigh once quoted this about kissing the King: "Elvis' kisses held an intensity that melted my very being. I slipped my arms around his neck and our bodies entwined. This was all madness, but we didn't stop. A person could go to the gallows with such a kiss ing on their lips, knowing life had been good."

For the rest of the 60's and into the early 70's, Suzanna did a few other films such as The Lost Continent and Lust for a Vampire. Her last acting appearance was on the TV Show The Chiffy Kids.

In 1998, Miss Leigh wrote her autobiography Paradise, Suzanna Style.

Julie Parrish
"Joanna"

Julie Parrish was born Ruby Joyce Wilbar on October 21, 1940, in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Parrish’s career began when she won the title “Young of the Year” at a ing school. Julie’s first film was 1962’s It’s Only Money in which she played a bridalshop saleslady. The Nutty Professor, Winter A-Go-Go, and Harlow are some of the movies which followed in the next few years. She also did many television appearances.

In 1965, Julie was chosen to star in the film Paradise Hawaiian Style with the famous Elvis Presley. She was to play Joanna, one of Elvis’ girlfriends who works at the Kahala Hilton. Parrish’s most memorable scene from the movie is probably when she babysat dogs in a helicopter with Presley. I recently asked Julie what she remembered about Elvis. Her first impressions of him were: "He seemed shy, and he was so handsome he took my breath away. My heart was beating so fast I was afraid he could hear it. He had a twinkle in his eye and joked around a bit. He seemed kind and caring and a little nervous at meeting someone new. He did not seem all that comfortable with me at first, but then I was not all that comfortable with him either, to say the least."

Following her work with the King, Julie did the film Fireball 500 and 2 episodes of Star Trek appearing as Miss Piper. In the 70’s and 80’s, Parrish appeared in The Devil and Max Devlin and the TV Series Return to Peyton Place and Capitol. Her latest work was appearing as Joan Diamond Buccigio on Beverly Hills, 90210.

On October 1st, 2003, Miss Julie Parrish died from ovarian cancer complications.

Click here to see my Julie Parrish autographs.

James Shigeta
"Danny Kohana"

James Shigeta was born in Hawaii in 1933, the Nisei son of a Honolulu contractor. Shigeta majored in English at New York University and aspired to be a teacher and writer. He enjoyed singing as a sideline. His initial claim to fame came by way of the popular television talent program The Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. Shigeta's fine voice won him not only the weekly prize, but the annual scholarship as well. This led to a singing career in night clubs in Las Vegas where he was seen by producers and sought out for a role in Walk Like a Dragon to be produced by Paramount and James Clavell. The young man had never had any notions of becoming an actor, but he warmed to the idea, taking dialogue and acting lessons in order to prepare. His hard work paid off and Shigeta was soon approached by Ross Hunter to star as Wang Ta in the motion picture version of the Broadway hit Flower Drum Song. This new role showcased James's singing, as it featured a palatte of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Not only that, but James Shigeta had the distinction of being the only Asian American groomed to be a leading man. The handsome actor gained instant international stardom for his boyish good looks and screen presence. His co-star was Nancy Kwan, herself a rising star after her sizzling performance in The World of Suzie Wong opposite William Holden.
Appearing in three films in 1961, his finest role would be in Bridge to the Sun opposite Carroll Baker. Shigeta portrayed Hidenari Terasaki, a Japanese diplomat who was married to a Tennessean when events at Pearl Harbor forced them to leave America. Shigeta was very effective in this fact-based story that was tinged with drama and romance.
1966 found Shigeta co-starring with another popular romantic lead, Elvis Presley, in Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Shigeta played the part of Danny Cohana, with whom Elvis's character goes into business in a charter-flying sevice in Hawaii.

Today, Shigeta remembers Presley as "A real southern gentleman" and when asked if he enjoyed doing the film his response was "Absolutely. I had great fun and enjoyed it immensely!".

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