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Da’King Lives! :: Hey, Rube! (December, 1964)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by WB Kelso







When his latest gig goes up in smoke after losing his temper and brawling with several unruly audience members, our boy hits the open road in search of work. Luckily, he runs into a job at the local carnival — well, more like the job ran into him, when an overprotective father runs Charlie off the road for making the goo-goo on his daughter. Anyways, as Charlie tries his best to live up to the Carnie Code and win the girl, he soon becomes this one-lung operation’s last hope of turning things around as his romantic serenading starts drawing record crowds.

Video courtesy of MFFforever.

It was while filming Roustabout that the shit kind of hit the fan between producer Hal Wallis and the Presley camp for comments made about financing more high-brow fare like Becket with the prophets from these low-ballin’ Presley pictures. Roustabout was the third movie Wallis managed to coax out of Presley in 1964, making it the bottom piece of sandwich that also included Kissin’ Cousins and Viva Las Vegas. And, for the record, the big Hollywood Mystery Feature was Jerry Lewis’ The Disorderly Orderly.
This post was part of Da’King Lives, which originated back in January of 2010, to help celebrate the King of Rock-n-Roll’s 75th birthday and throw a spotlight on his fine, fractured forays into feature film.

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of Roustabout at the Brewery.

Roustabout (1964) Hal Wallis Productions :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Joseph H. Hazen / P: Hal Wallis / AP: Paul Nathan / D: John Rich / W: Anthony Lawrence, Allan Weiss / C: Lucien Ballard / E: Warren Low / M: Joseph J. Lilley / S: Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Freeman, Leif Erickson, Pat Butrum, Norman Grabowski