Running time: 101 minutes
Release date: 11/12/64
" Roustabout," "Poison Ivy League," "Wheels on My Heels," "It's a Wonderful World," "It's Carnival Time," "Carny Town," "One Track Heart," "Hard Knocks," "Little Egypt," "Big Love, Big Heartache," "There's a Brand New Day on the Horizon."
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Associate Producer: Paul Nathan
Directed by John Rich
Screenplay by Anthony Lawrence and Allan Weiss
Story by Allan Weiss
Photographed by Lucien Ballard, A.S.C.
Music by Joseph L. Lilley
Costumes by Edith Head
Art Direction by Hal Pereira and Walter Tyler
Musical Numbers Staged by Earl Barton
Assistant Director: D. Michael Moore
Technical Advisor: Colonel Tom Parker
Photographed in Techniscope and Technicolor
|Charlie Rogers||Elvis Presley|
|Maggie Morgan||Barbara Stanwyck|
|Cathy Lean||Joan Freeman|
|Joe Lean||Leif Erickson|
|Madame Mijanou||Sue Ane Langdon|
|Harry Carver||Pat Buttram|
|Arthur Nielson||Dabs Greer|
|Cody Marsh||Joel Fluellen|
|Little Egypt||Wilda Taylor|
Charlie Rogers, a singer at an espresso cafe, gets into a fight with three unruly characters and after expertly dispatching them with karate, leaves the nightspot and heads for points unknown on his motorcycle. After wandering a bit, Charlie gets a job as a "roustabout" or handyman in a carnival run by Maggie Morgan. At the carnival Charlie meets Cathy Lean and falls for her.
Business at the carnival is practically nil, so, in between jobs, Charlie breaks into an impromptu song on the midway. News of this gets around and suddenly droves of young people flock to the carnival. A new career is launched for Charlie.
Things soon sour when Charlie gets into a fight with one of the customers and decides to leave the carnival. He feels all washed up and sure that he has lost Cathy , so he heads for a rival carnival which had previously made him an offer.
With Charlie gone, Maggie's carnival takes a nose dive and the creditors come knocking at its doors. With only one chance left, Cathy goes to Charlie and persuades him to return and save the carnival.