Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
The 1967 Paramount Pictures film "Easy Come, Easy Go" features Elvis Presley as a former
US Navy diver who discovers a sunken ship and attempts to retrieve the contents.
The film story location is not made specific but is most likely Southern California.
"pieces of eight" or eight reales coins which are dollar-sized silver coins made by the Spanish
colonies and their independent successors.
A final scene is set in a 1960's coin store.
Elvis Presley is Ted Jackson, a US Navy Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Explosive Ordnance Disposal
(EOD) diving officer who is about to be separated from active duty.
2. Elvis in uniform
The decorations he wears are the Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving, National Defense Service, and
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals. All would be correct for the period.
3. Elvis and the lads meet Jo
Jo Symington is a dancer with the club, and besides being a navy officer, Elvis is a singer.
He performs a song for the club patrons.
4. Elvis performs
The Navy has one last job for Elvis, to defuse an old mine discovered by the Coast Guard.
It was supposedly left by a submarine some time ago (World War II?).
Two sailors take Elvis to the mine's location and they encounter a yacht with four civilians on it.
The yacht people later become the (fairly mild) villians of the story.
5. The villians, Dina, Gil, henchgirls
Dina Bishop owns the yacht and Gil Carey is her boyfriend.
6. Elvis defuses the mine
He spots a small shipwreck below and dives down to investigate it.
He finds an old coin.
7. Closeups of the underwater prop coin
The prop coin appears to be a large size imitation of an ancient Greek silver tetradrachm with the
profile of the nymph Arethusa.
Elvis surfaces near the yacht and comes aboard.
8. Elvis confronts the rivals
Elvis asks Gil for the camera film and doesn't notice Gil giving him a different film roll.
Captain Jack tells Elvis that the sunken ship is the "Port of Call" which sank around the
turn of the century (1900). He sends Elvis to the Symington house where a descendant of a light house
keeper has more information. The descendant turns out to be Jo, the go-go dancer.
9. Elvis and the Yoga session
Elvis tries some Yoga positions and then finds Jo who takes him to an office.
He tells her he is doing research on ships for the Navy.
10. Jo shows Elvis the manifest
The ship which sank was carrying a load of "Argentine silver pieces of eight" which would be worth
$30 each to coin collectors (in 1967).
11. Elvis and Judd set sail
The boat behind them is named the "Billiken", possibly a "Lucky Billiken".
12. Back at the commune
Elvis picks up Jo, Judd, and the Captain, and they head back to the boat and then to the shipwreck site.
He dives down to the wreck and encounters Gil.
13. Elvis and Gil fight
The men have a short fight and Elvis sends Gil to the surface.
He uses inflated inner tube devices to move the chest to his boat where it is opened.
14. Chest opening
The chest is full of coins and the crew believes that they are rich.
15. Coin dealer examining coin
The prop coin appears to be a large copper coin.
16. The coin is real
The dealer's store is filled with coin collecting supplies of the 1960's including blue Whitman albums.
17. But it's copper not silver
On the shelf is Coins of the British World by Robert Friedberg, published in 1962, and
Paper Money of the United States also by Robert Friedberg, and published first in 1953.
very little interest to numismatists"
Elvis and Jo are real unhappy but they accept the dealer's offer for the coins.
19. Judd and the Captain
The Captain is philosophical and behind him is a rack of blue Whitman coin albums.
20. Splitting up the cash
The four split the cash but then give all of it to Jo for her artist commune.
Elvis Presley as Ted Jackson
Dodie Marshall as Jo Symington
Pat Priest as Dina Bishop
Skip Ward as Gil Carey
Pat Harrington as Judd Whitman
Writers: Allan Weiss, Anthony Lawrence