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


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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

Elvis Presley started working on the film on 11 April 1965. 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

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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Soundtracks

Hard Luck
(uncredited)
Written by Ben Weisman & Sid Wayne
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley
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Better Elvis
27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Frankie and Johnny (1966)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Johnny (Elvis) is a riverboat singer who is also one of the worst gamblers in the world, which gets him into major debt and grief to his partner Frankie (Donna Douglas). With no where else to turn, Johnny starts going to a gypsy for advice and she tells him that great luck will come in a beautiful redhead (Nancy Kovack) but this starts trouble with his boss as well as Frankie. I was pleasantly surprised to see how good this little film was, although it suffers from the same issues as many Elvis films of this period. The story is incredibly weak and once again we've gotta see The King fall for the wrong woman and try to get himself out of trouble while singing. What stands this film apart from the others through are the incredibly well done songs, which also feature some great musical numbers. The highlight is the wonderfully played out title song as well as several other tunes including "What Every Woman Lives For", "Down By the Riverside", "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Hard Luck". Elvis doesn't give what I'd call a good performance but he fits his role well as the dumb but entertaining singer. The biggest credit must go to the supporting cast with Douglas stealing the show and Harry Morgan adding great comedy.


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