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Roustabout (1964)

After a singer loses his job at a coffee shop, he finds employment at a struggling carnival, but his attempted romance with a teenager leads to friction with her father.

Director:

John Rich

Writers:

Anthony Lawrence (screenplay), Allan Weiss (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Charlie Rogers
Barbara Stanwyck ... Maggie Morgan
Joan Freeman ... Cathy Lean
Leif Erickson ... Joe Lean
Sue Ane Langdon ... Madame Mijanou
Pat Buttram ... Harry Carver
Joan Staley ... Marge
Dabbs Greer ... Arthur Nielsen
Steve Brodie ... Fred
Norman Grabowski ... Sam
Jack Albertson ... Lou
Jane Dulo Jane Dulo ... Hazel
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Cody Marsh
Wilda Taylor ... Little Egypt
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Storyline

Charlie Rogers is a leather-jacketed biker who's fired from a singing engagement after getting into a fight with a group of college toughs. While riding his cycle to the next gig, an irate dad runs him off the road when he flirts with his daughter. He's forced to hook up with a traveling carnival until his bike can be fixed. The carnival is run by a tough old broad, a broken-down drunk and his nubile daughter. Along the way, Charlie (who's got a chip on his shoulder about being an orphan) somehow learns about family values from this vaguely dysfunctional one. A scheming rival carny shows up, based on the legend of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's real-life manager. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Elvis Presley as a Roving, Restless, Reckless, ROUSTABOUT


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Right This Way Folks! See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Cathy and Charlie ride the Ferris wheel, there's a point of view shot. It's actually the view from the back of the seat, not the front. The Ferris wheel pulls the characters backwards and the Merry-go-round can be seen behind them as the sit down. If it were the point of view of the characters, you would see the framework of the wheel. See more »

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When Freddy takes Charlie's challenge to hit the target twice in a row at the dunk tank Freddy disputes the first throw so they start again. On the first throw of the re-start you hear the sound of a hit and the girl is dunked but you can see that the ball never really hits the target. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Rogers: I'll be back in ten minute with a football hero's lament 'I left my knee at USC'.
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Connections

Featured in Elvis in the Movies (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Roustabout
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis joins the carnival
5 July 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Screen legend Barbara Stanwyck became probably the biggest name ever to appear in an Elvis Presley movie in Roustabout. Barbara plays the owner of a carnival who takes in Presley after the King has been fired from a gig at a club. Of course she owes him after her right hand man Leif Erickson runs Elvis off the road and damages his motorcycle and guitar.

After a while what's keeping him around is pretty young Joan Freeman who is Erickson's daughter. And Presley's drawing in some big bucks and may just pull the carnival out of the red, the red being the mortgage that banker Dabbs Greer has on Stanwyck's show. That is if rival carnival owner Pat Buttram doesn't lure him away or fortune teller Sue Ane Langdon doesn't lure him with her own special lure.

I think Roustabout ranks as one of Presley's best feature films. He was starting to lose his allure to the fans of the Beatles and soon enough his pictures would become a rote formula. But as the young man with a chip on his shoulder who becomes a Roustabout at the Stanwyck carnival Elvis is at his very best.

For Stanwyck she saw this as a way of getting her name across to younger movie audiences. But after one more film she would abandon the big screen for the small one and did all her remaining work on television.

The title song and a song called Poison Ivy are the best for Elvis in the 11 numbers from the score. I didn't know Elvis went in for satire but the song is a really acid number against privileged college frat boys, I really loved it. It's also what gets him canned from that club gig.

Fans of both legends should be pleased with Roustabout.


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