Change of Habit - When I was young, back in the days when there were only four television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS), the "late movie" came on each night at 10:30. If the movie happened to star Elvis Presley, I begged Mom to let me stay up and watch. Because she was such a softy, I've seen most of Elvis' movies - some several times. I even had the soundtrack album to Spinout. But I had never seen Change of Habit - Elvis' 31st, and last, movie.
This movie was a definite change from most Elvis movies, which were basically a thin plot to string together lots of opportunities for Elvis to sing. Change of Habit only includes two songs - the title number and Rubberneckin' - and the story focuses on some deep subjects.
Three nuns - Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair and Jane Elliot - move to an impoverished neighborhood to work in a medical clinic run by Dr. John Carpenter (Elvis). Filmed in 1969, the story involves issues of race, women's rights, and autism - a condition mostly unknown at that time.
For General Hospital fans, Jane Elliott now plays Tracy Quartermaine on GH, and Barbara McNair appeared briefly on GH in 1984 as Aunt Bettina. It took me a few minutes to recognize Jane, and I can't remember Barbara's GH character at all, but I thought it was a fun bit of trivia. You can also spot a very young Ed Asner as the neighborhood policeman.
This was certainly the best written and acted of Elvis' movies, but I'll admit I wanted to hear him sing a little more. I mean, it's Elvis...!