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Stay Away, Joe (1968)

A mixed race American Indian rodeo champ returns to the reservation to help his people out.


Peter Tewksbury


Dan Cushman (novel), Michael A. Hoey

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Joe Lightcloud
Burgess Meredith ... Charlie Lightcloud
Joan Blondell ... Glenda Callahan
Katy Jurado ... Annie Lightcloud
Thomas Gomez ... Grandpa
Henry Jones ... Hy Slager
L.Q. Jones ... Bronc Hoverty
Quentin Dean ... Mamie Callahan
Anne Seymour ... Mrs. Hawkins
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Congressman Morrissey
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... Lorne Hawkins
Mike Lane ... Frank Hawk (as Michael Lane)
Susan Trustman Susan Trustman ... Mary Lightcloud
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Hike Bowers
Buck Kartalian ... Bull Shortgun


A mixed race American Indian rodeo champ returns to the reservation to help his people out.

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Elvis goes West...and the West goes wild! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sensuality, language and comic violence | See all certifications »





English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born Rich See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


65th highest grossing film in the US of 1968. See more »


Mary Lightcloud: Come on, Lorne, let's go meet the rest of the tribe.
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Edited into Elvis on Tour (1972) See more »


Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley
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Elvis Rides the Bull
17 August 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Elvis Presley plays a "half-breed" Native American ("Indian") who has to defend his reservation from nasty business tycoons. Everyone likes to get drunk, fight, and make children. Fighting, wrestling, and "punching out" each other replace the stereotypical hand-raised expression "How"?

Although he does have make-up on, it's obvious Elvis is healthier than he appeared in prior films; possibly, he was getting ready for his famous "comeback". It couldn't have been because this movie's script was anything to get excited about. Joan Blondell trying to seduce Elvis, and Burgess Meredith in "war paint", should be ashamed.

The best song is "Stay Away" (actually, "Green Sleeves" with different lyrics). The most embarrassing song is Elvis' love song to the bull "Dominic". There are some surreal scenes, but it never becomes trippy enough to succeed in that genre; though, "Stay Away, Joe" might provide some laughs if you're in the right "mood".

Otherwise, stay away.

** Stay Away, Joe (3/8/68) Peter Tewksbury ~ Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell

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