This is Livin’!! You can visit Idyllwild Lodge in California this week and see where he filmed ‘Kid Galahad’!!!

Idyllwild lodge where Elvis filmed ‘Kid Galahad’ will be part of the Idyllwild Area Historical Society’s 18th Annual Home Tour on September 15, 2018.  Elvis sang a song on the front porch in the movie. Many communities have a “this celebrity slept here” story. As a mountain resort, Idyllwild residents can share many. The Hidden Lodge is one of five restored homes on the tour. All were built between 1919 and the 1970s.

In the 1962 film, Presley portrayed a young man just out of the Army who is training to be a prizefighter in Kid Galahad. His co-stars were Gig Young and Charles Bronson. He was helped on set by boxing trainer Al Silvani and former welterweight champion “Mushy” Callahan. Since the film’s release, the location has drawn Presley fans from around the globe.

Built in 1947, The Hidden Lodge is one of many Idyllwild locations in “Kid Galahad.” A boxing ring was even built in the back.

While Rock Hill, a house at which Presley was rumored to have spent time while filming, was part of an earlier tour, the Hidden Lodge is a new stop.

“It’s the first time it’s been open to the public,” said Charlotte Groty, chairwoman of the home tour. “It’s a lovely, lovely place.”

The tour committee broke its own rules to include the cabin. The tour usually includes only homes in which a resident lives, but the Hidden Lodge is a rental property.

“It was something we couldn’t pass up,” said Groty, who added that the film has long been a feature of the historical society’s museum. “It does make it extra special.”
The porch where Presley sang “This is Living” in the film is still intact.
“People will walk up, sit on the railing and strum their hand like they have a guitar,” Groty said.
Nancy Killingsworth, who chooses the homes for the tour, said the home is an homage to Presley without going over the top.
“One thing (the owners) have is a deep respect and honor for the history,” she said.
“Kid Galahad” tells the story of a gambler who wants to use a boxing champ, played by Presley, as his pawn. Filming took place in Idyllwild for about three weeks, with the cabin and other spots standing in for the Catskills area of New York.
The tour is the Idyllwild Area Historical Society’s lone fundraiser and usually draws about 500 visitors, Groty said The tour gives visitors the chance to see the Idyllwild beyond its town center, restaurants and galleries, Groty said.

What: Idyllwild Area Historical Society’s 18th Annual Home Tour, a tour of five San Jacinto Mountain homes When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15

Information: 951-659-2717 or

Source Source written by Craig Schultz