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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rubia contra Pelirroja See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
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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 Johnny pulls down Cully's beard during the Mardi Gras party, Cully says something as he fixes his beard, but his lips never move. See more »

Quotes

Cully: I lost it, Peg. All of it, honest.
Johnny: Yeah, he loaned me the last $5.
Peg: Now you stay out of this. Just to convince me, you take off your shoes.
Cully: My shoes?
Peg: [shouts] Off!
Johnny: Love and trust. That's what makes a marriage great.
Peg: Yeah!
Cully: See? I could never lie to you.
Peg: Ha! Ha! Ha!
[Peg finds a $10 bill in Cully's shoe]
[...]
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Soundtracks

Petunia the Gardener's Daughter
(uncredited)
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley and Eileen Wilson
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Better Elvis
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee 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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