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Frankie and Johnny (1966)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  31 March 1966 (USA)
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A riverboat singer with a weakness for gambling wants to find his lucky red head, but his girlfriend Frankie is not amused.

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(as Frederick de Cordova)

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Cast

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Johnny
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Frankie
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Cully
Sue Ane Langdon ...
Mitzi
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Audrey Christie ...
Peg
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Blackie
Anthony Eisley ...
Braden
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Abigail
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Storyline

A riverboat singer with a weakness for gambling wants to find his lucky red head, but his girlfriend Frankie is not amused.

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Taglines:

It's Elvis! It's Fun! It's Fightin'! It's Fireworks! When Elvis is Johnny! See more »


Certificate:

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Release Date:

31 March 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ask ve kumar  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis Presley started working on the film on 11 April 1965. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny pulls down Cully's beard during the Mardi Gras party, Cully says something as he fixes his beard, but his lips never move. See more »

Quotes

Peg: Hi, Mitzi.
[Peg notices that Mitzi is upset]
Peg: Oh, the boss in a bad mood again?
Mitzi: Bad? He never felt better. His favorite girl came back.
Peg: Oh, I thought you were.
Mitzi: I just found out I've been understudying the part. Oh, in my next life, I hope I'm not a girl. I could never go through that again.
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Connections

Featured in Elvis Presley: Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Frankie and Johnny
(uncredited)
Written by Alex Gottlieb, Fred Karger & Ben Weisman
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley and Eileen Wilson
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Some Delights for Elvis Fans
14 November 2011 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

This movie followed "Harum Scarum" and was a big step up simply because "Harum Scarum" was arguably Elvis's worst movie. This one is actually the closest thing that Elvis ever did to a typical Hollywood musical like "Music Man." There's an interesting plot and some good energy that carries through the first half of the movie, but it limps along badly in the second half. I went to sleep and had to finish watching it the next morning.

The large amount of Broadway musical-type tunes simply doesn't fit Elvis' style very well. Only the title tune is really interesting and works very well. At the end, there is a gem called "Please, Don't Stop Loving Me." It comes at about 80 minutes of the film's 87 minute run and I'm not sure that anybody except Elvis fans will last that long.

Apparently Donna Douglas and Elvis had deep philosophical conversations on Paramahansa Yogananda and the Christian religion during the breaks while shooting this movie. This shows as there is very little chemistry between them. Second lead, Nancy Kovack provides whatever sexual chemistry the film does have. One suspects that if Douglas and Kovack had changed roles, the film would have worked much better.

This doesn't fit into the category of Elvis' good movies, but it also doesn't fit into the category of his bad movies. Lets just say that it is an okay movie that only Elvis fans will find pleasurable.


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