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"ROUSTABOUT" was produced by Hal Wallis and directed by John Rich from a screenplay written by Anthony Lawrence and Allan Weiss. Though the screenplay was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for best written American musical, it was Bill Walsh who won the award that year for "MARY POPPINS."
"ROUSTABOUT" was filmed in California at Potrero Valley and Thousand Oaks.
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"ROUSTABOUT" was released in the United States by Paramount Pictures on Wednesday, November 11, 1964. It reached #8 nationally on the Variety survey at the box office. The film finished #28 on the year-end list of the top-grossing movies of 1964 and earned $3.0 million at the box office.
Elvis Presley as Charlie Rogers
Joan Freeman as Cathy Lean
Barbara Stanwyck as Maggie Morgan
Jack Albertson as Lou as owner of the teahouse
Leif Erickson as Joe Lean
Sue Ane Langdon as Madame Mijanou, Fortune Teller
Pat Buttram as Harry Carver
Dabbs Greer as Arthur Nielsen
Joan Staley as Marge
Steve Brodie as Fred the Pitcher
Norman Grabowski as Sam
Jane Dulo as Hazel
Wilda Taylor as Little Egypt
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Musician Charlie Rogers (played by Elvis Presley)is fired from his singing gig at a teahouse after getting arrested for brawling with several college students in the teahouse's parking lot. After a night in jail, Charlie hits the road on his Honda 305 Superhawk motorcycle. He spots and begins flirting with Cathy Lean (played by Joan Freeman) while she's riding in the car with her father Joe Lean (played by Leif Erickson) and their employer, Maggie Morgan (played by Barbara Stanwyck). When Charlie's seduction becomes too much for Joe, he forces Charlie off the road and into a wooden fence. The crash results in excessive damages to Charlie's bike and the destruction of his guitar. Maggie replaces Charlie’s guitar and offers him a place to stay, a job with her struggling carnival, while his bike is being repaired. Charlie becomes one of the carnivals' roustabouts, but Maggie also recognizes Charlie's musical talent and promotes him as a featured attraction. His act soon draws large crowds.
On the set of "ROUSTABOUT" with Sue Ann Langdon who played Madame Mijanou and Barbara Stanwyck who played Maggie Morgan.
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Offstage, Charlie romances Cathy, which creates animosity between him and Joe. After the two men repeatedly clash and Charlie is accused of holding back a customer's lost wallet that Joe was accused of stealing, Charlie leaves the carnival to star in a much better financed rival carnival producer Harry Carver (played by Pat Buttram).
Once again, Charlie is a great success, but when he learns that Maggie is facing bankruptcy, he returns to save her carnival.