On this day in music history: November 10, 1969 – “A Change Of Habit”, starring Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore and Barbara McNair opens in US theaters. Released through Universal Pictures, it is the thirty-first and final film starring “The King Of Rock & Roll. Having made two to three films a year since being honorably discharged from the army in 1960, it is another in a series of "make ‘em quick, make ’em cheap” films that Presley is encouraged to do by his manager Colonel Tom Parker. However, by the late 60’s, Presley’s allure as a box office draw has been greatly diminished by the inane scripts and often less than exemplary material he is given to sing for the accompanying soundtrack albums. Having scored a major artistic and ratings triumph with his “’68 Comeback Special” in December of 1968, Elvis is anxious to get out of the long term movie contracts he has been bound to through the whole of the 1960’s. In “Habit”, Elvis plays a doctor who falls in love with Moore’s character who he is unaware is a nun. Under a four picture deal with Universal, it is Mary Tyler Moore’s last film with the studio prior to the start of her landmark television series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. “A Change Of Habit” is also Moore’s last film before co-starring in the Best Picture Oscar winner “Ordinary People” eleven years later in 1980. “A Change Of Habit” does less than stellar box office and is in and out of theaters within a matter of weeks, bringing an end to Elvis Presley’s career as a movie star.
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