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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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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Release Date:

31 March 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rubia contra Pelirroja  »

Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Johnny: Are you a real redhead?
Nellie Bly: I'm a real everything.
Johnny: What's your lucky number?
Nellie Bly: 1. One at a time.
Johnny: One it is. Would you mind giving them your magic touch? Just for luck. You better get the bottom one too. By this time tomorrow, this ship should be the S.S. Johnny. What's your name, Lucky?
Nellie Bly: Nellie. Nellie Bly.
Johnny: Welcome aboard!
Cully: That's it, Bly! I need a name to rhyme with "eye" for a new song I'm writing. Now I got it. Nellie Bly!
Johnny: You're going to be made famous in a song.
Nellie Bly: Well, I've tried every other way.
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Everybody Come Aboard
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley
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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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