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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The professional carnival used for Barbara Stanwyck's Morgan Shows (erected in Potrero Valley, near Thousand Oaks, California) was Crafts 20 Big Shows, owned by actor Mike Cartel's father. See more »

Goofs

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

Marge: They're taking it bigger than usual.
Charlie Rogers: Good.
Marge: Might mean trouble.
Charlie Rogers: So what else is new?
Marge: Charlie why do you have to act so tough, what does it get you?
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Connections

Featured in Eat the Peach (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Brand New Day On the Horizon
Written by Joy Byers
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Hard work filtered with fun and romance at the carnival.
29 October 1999 | by Michael O'KeefeSee all my reviews

Elvis plays a happy-go-lucky guy with a small chip on his shoulder. After his cycle is wrecked, he takes on a part time job at Barbara Stanwych's almost bankrupt carnival. Elvis' character sings a few songs and starts bringing crowds to the traveling show again. Joan Freeman plays the goody two shoes that for some reason has the new roustabout going in circles. Leif Erickson is a believable alcoholic, trying to protect his daughter. The soundtrack features "One Track Heart" "Big Love, Big Heartache" and "Little Egypt", plus several very short songs. Contrary of most of the songs being under two minutes long, this was a very popular album. A very pleasant movie directed by John Rich.


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