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Frankie and Johnny (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 31 March 1966 (USA)
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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(screenplay), (story)
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Cully
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Mitzi
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Peg
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Blackie
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Braden
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Abigail

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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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Elvis turns the Land of Blues Red Hot with 11 Great Songs! Hear them on RCA Records! See more »


Certificate:

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Release Date:

31 March 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rubia contra Pelirroja  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Donna Douglas is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. See more »

Goofs

When Blackie put the live round in the stage gun, it was a Colt single action. After Frankie shot Johnny , the pistol was now a Colt double action revolver that wasn't even introduced till years after the movie was supposed to be set . See more »

Quotes

Clint Braden: Hey, piano player.
Cully: Yes, Mr. Braden.
Clint Braden: Tonight try to play the notes the way that they were written.
Cully: I'll use both hands.
Clint Braden: And if your pal Johnny is late again, I hope he can dance with a broken leg.
Cully: That's what I like about you, boss. Always ready with a pat on the back.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Down By the Riverside / When the Saints Go Marching In
(uncredited)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley
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A rough road for these two sweethearts
24 April 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The saga of Frankie And Johnny gets a lighter telling in this Elvis Presley film. Elvis plays an entertainer on a Mississippi riverboat circa the turn of the last century with a real gambling problem. His partner in the act is Donna Douglas late of the Beverly Hillbillies who would only marry him if he gives up his ways. Want to bet on the chances that that would happen?

Donna and the King work for Anthony Eisley whose number one girl Nancy Kovack, the infamous Nellie Bly has returned and an old gypsy said that a redhead would bring Elvis fabulous good luck. But that causes problems with both Eisley and Douglas.

A few new numbers were written for the film, but Frankie And Johnny has mostly traditional ballads of the era such as Down By The Riverside and When The Saints Go Marching In. All done in a New Orleans Dixieland style, most agreeable with Presley.

Some others in the cast are Harry Morgan as Elvis's accompanist, Audrey Christie as Morgan's wife, Robert Strauss as Eisley's dimwitted bouncer, and Sue Ane Langdon who spends the entire film absolutely plastered. Watching her complain about not being able to get and hold a man all I could think is that if she drew a sober breath once in a while she might have a chance.

Fans of the King should like this one.


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