Jailhouse Rock is a 1957 American musical drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor, and Jennifer Holden. Adapted by Guy Trosper from a story written by Nedrick Young, the film follows a young man (Presley) who is sentenced to prison for manslaughter who is mentored in music by his prison cellmate who realizes his musical abilities. After his release from jail, while looking for a job as a club singer, the young man meets a musical promoter (Tyler) who helps him launch his career. As he develops his musical talent and becomes a star, his self-centered personality begins to affect his relationships.
Construction worker Vince Everett (Elvis Presley) accidentally kills a drunken, belligerent man in a barroom brawl, and is sentenced to 10 years, not less than 1 year year in the state penitentiary for manslaughter. In the movie he served 14 months. His cellmate, washed-up country singer Hunk Houghton (Shaughnessy) who was jailed for bank robbery, starts teaching Vince a few extra chords on the six string acoustic guitar after hearing Vince sing and strum Hunk's guitar. Hunk then convinces Vince to participate in an upcoming inmate show, which is broadcast on nationwide television. Vince receives numerous fan letters as a result; but out of apparent jealousy, Hunk ensures they are not delivered to Vince. Hunk then convinces Vince to sign a "contract" to become equal partners in his act. Meanwhile, during an inmate riot in the mess hall, a guard shoves Vince, who retaliates by striking the guard. As a result, the warden orders Vince to be lashed with a whip. Afterwards, it was discovered that Hunk attempted to bribe the guards to drop the punishment, but to no avail.