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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.

Director:

Frederick De Cordova (as Frederick de Cordova)

Writers:

Alex Gottlieb (screenplay), Nat Perrin (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Johnny
Donna Douglas ... Frankie
Harry Morgan ... Cully
Sue Ane Langdon ... Mitzi
Nancy Kovack ... Nellie Bly
Audrey Christie ... Peg
Robert Strauss ... Blackie
Anthony Eisley ... Braden
Joyce Jameson ... Abigail
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Storyline

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 as Johnny and oh, Lordy, how he can love! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rubia contra Pelirroja See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Frankie: [After Frankie and Johnny get through performing the Petunia number on stage] What were those signals?
Johnny: What signals?
Frankie: Between you and Cully, I'm not blind.
Johnny: Oh, those signals. Nothing, he just made a little bet for me.
Frankie: Now you've got helpers. Can't you lose fast enough alone?
Johnny: [Frankie starts walking away mad] Hey, where are you going?
Frankie: To have my head examined. There must be a hole in it!
Johnny: You can't help it if you're in love.
Frankie: [...]
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Version of Frankie and Johnnie (1936) See more »

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Hard Luck
(uncredited)
Written by Ben Weisman & Sid Wayne
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley
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Frankie and Johnny (1966) **
25 August 2007 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

At first this Elvis Presley feature felt like a breath of fresh air, as it's a costume piece set aboard an old-time riverboat where Elvis plays an irresponsible and compulsive gambler named Johnny. Donna Douglas (best known as Elly May from "The Beverly Hillbillies") is his cutesy girlfriend and singing partner Frankie, and they perform as a duet on the boat (Douglas is unconvincingly dubbed). Harry Morgan of M*A*S*H fame plays Johnny's older mentor (he gets to sing too - uggghhh) who visits a gypsy fortune teller with Elvis to learn that a redhead (Nancy Kovack) will soon arrive to change his luck. Fate turns out to come true, but it creates a love triangle in the bargain. Once you get past the fancy costumes, this is fairly standard Elvis stuff. The stage songs aren't outstanding by any means, but they do fit nicely with the "showtime" feel of the proceedings. ** out of ****


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