In the last of Elvis Presley’s three 1967 releases, he stars as Scott, an oil heir who longs for a life free of expectations. So he trades lives with a water-ski instructor and seeks a mate who will like him for his personality and not his wealth. But he falls for a student (Shelley Fabares), who, ironically, seeks his help in landing a rich guy (Bill Bixby). Presley heads up eight musical numbers that feature plenty of girls and fast boats.
Exemplifies the paradox of the utterly ephemeral in that it is so of it's moment that it holds value as a measure of an attitude which can never be regained, and even that attitude was largely artificial, built as much to hold fast against the time as welcome it. Clambake isn't unique in this, nor is this unique to the era, instead its singularity comes in capturing so well the churn of creative conformity.