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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Was 28th best grossing film in the USA of 1964. 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

Billy the midget: Hey, you!
Charlie Rogers: Yeah?
[Charlie looks around but to no avail]
Billy the midget: Down here, stupid.
Charlie Rogers: Hey look, kid. You better wait till you grow up before you start picking fights with grown-ups.
Billy the midget: What do you mean, kid? I'm 38.
Charlie Rogers: [chuckles] Congratulations.
Billy the midget: Are you Charlie Rogers?
Charlie Rogers: Yep.
Billy the midget: Well, Joe's been looking for you. Come on.
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Connections

Referenced in The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Roustabout
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Cool bike, hot chicks!
21 August 2011 | by somicSee all my reviews

This is a very entertaining film. Elvis (Charlie Rogers) is a rebel biker who has a reputation as fighter and a womanizer. He makes a living as a traveling singer.

Early on in the film he is fired for getting into a fight with a group of college toughs. While riding his bike to the next engagement, the father of a girl he was flirting with tries to run him off the road. To make ends meet, and to earn enough money to repair his bike, he joins up with a traveling carnival.

The carnival is run by Maggie Moran, played by legendary actress Barbara Stanwyck. Elvis falls quickly for her lovely daughter Cathy, (Joan Freeman). The film takes off from there.

It's a wonderful adventure and is sure to entertain. Plus there are some great music tracks. "Little Egypt", "Roustabout", and "Big Love, Big Heartache" are great examples. The soundtrack went to #1 on the Billboard charts.

Some fun facts: Raquel Welch has a bit part at the very beginning of the film, and Teri Garr is one of the dancers. The title song, Roustabout is one everyone remembers. However Elvis also recorded another song for the film called "I'm a Roustabout". "Roustabout" was picked and "I'm a Roustabout" was never released. The song was recently discovered and was released as a bonus track on a CD in 2003. The motorcycle Elvis rides throughout the movie is a Honda 305 Superhawk.


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