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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

Carver Shows as seen by Joan and Elvis at night through the window is depicted by The Pike in Long Beach, California. The Cyclone Racer roller coaster is in the background. 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

Madame Mijanou, Fortune Teller: I can tell you what kind of woman will be attracted to you.
Charlie Rogers: I think I'm old enough to figure that out for myself.
Madame Mijanou, Fortune Teller: What do you see in my eyes?
Charlie Rogers: Maybe I better slap your face!
Madame Mijanou, Fortune Teller: [laughs] I like you Charlie - but do you think that I'm a little bit too mature for you?
Charlie Rogers: Oh, women are like wine; they improve with age.
Madame Mijanou, Fortune Teller: But you don't drink!
Charlie Rogers: I'ma an alcoholic!
[She moves to kiss him: deep passionate kiss follows!]
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Featured in Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Brand New Day On the Horizon
Written by Joy Byers
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Roustabout (1964) ***
16 August 2007 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Most people don't think too much of this Elvis romp compared to any other, but for me it stands out as one of the better "formula" movies the man made in the '60s. As club singer Charlie Rogers, Elvis is a little different from his usual stock characters from this period because the young man has a chip on his shoulder. He's a reckless person who never had a family and is prone to being self-centered and dismissive. After getting fired from a gig one day, he and his motorcycle are smacked up by a threesome of small-time carnival owners driving in their car, so they invite him to stick around their modest fairgrounds and work as a "roustabout" for a little cash while waiting for his bike to get back from the repair shop. Rogers is able to boost business with his singing to lure customers to the Fair.

Barbara Stanwyck plays the strong-willed carnival chief who breathes the carny lifestyle, but she's saddled with a crotchety and hard-headed partner (Leif Erickson) who once caused a tragedy to a customer by not safely securing one of the rides at the fair, and who tries to keep Charlie away from his daughter Cathy (Joan Freeman). It's refreshing to see a leading girl who can hold her own and not easily succumb to Elvis' whims. There are a few decent songs here and there, if no great ones. Raquel Welch can be spotted in the beginning of the film as one of a group of young folks going to see Charlie Rogers perform at the club. *** out of ****


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