Shooting began March 9, 1964 and completed April 20, 1964
Opened nationally November 11, 1964
Character: Charlie Rogers
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: John Rich
Charlie Rodgers is a drifter who lands a job as a handyman, known among the carnies as a roustabout, with a carnival which has fallen on hard times. When Charlie breaks into a song while on the midway, the owner soon learns that her fortune with the roustabout is with his singing. As the news spreads about her recent discovery, the profits begin to soar for the Carney. Charlie also takes a shine with one of the female carnival workers. After a misunderstanding about a stolen wallet, Charlie leaves to work for a rival carnival. When the truth is discovered, Charlie is forgiven and Maggie begs to have him come back. He returns with enough money to pay off her debts, and wins the heart of the young lady.
"Roustabout"-Sung over the opening credits.
"Poison Ivy League"-Sung in Mother's Tea House.
"Wheels on My Heels"-Sung while riding a motorcycle after being bailed out of jail.
"It's a Wonderful World"-Sung while riding on a Ferris wheel with Joan Freeman.
"It's Carnival Time"-Sung at the Cat Rack while encouraging people to throw. It was later sung in front of the girlie show.
"Carney Town"-Sung in front of the girlie show.
"One Track Heart"-Sung on stage at the girlie show.
"Hard Knocks"-Sung on stage at the girlie show.
"Little Egypt"-Sung at Carver's Combined Shows during Little Egypt's dance.
"Big Love, Little Heartache"-sung at Carver's Combined Shows.
Rogers - Elvis Presley
Maggie Morgan - Barbara Stanwyck
Cathy Lean - Joan Freeman
Joe Lean - Leif Erickson
Madame Mijanou - Sue Ann Langdon
Harry Carver - Pat Buttram
Marge - Joan Staley
Arthur Nielsen - Dabbs Greer
Freddie - Steve Brodie
Sam, a College Student - Norman Grabowski
Lou - Jack Albertson
Hazel - Jane Dulo
Cody Marsh - Joe Fluellen
Little Egypt - Wilda Taylor
Gus, a Motorcyclist in the Wall of Death - Arthur Levy
Ernie, a Motorcyclist in the Wall of Death - Ray Kellogg
Dick - Toby Reed
Gregg, Employee at Bill's Motorcycle Repairs - Ken Becker
Viola - Marianna Hill
B. J. Lewis - Lester Miller
Cora - Beverly Adams
Craig - Glen R. Wilder
- Mercedes G. Ford
Barkers - Eddie Marr, Bob Matthews, Buddy Lewis, Jack Whalen, Lance Legault
Sheriff - K. L. Smith
Deputies - Mike Mahoney, Roger V. Creed
Billy, the Midget - Billy Barty
Stage Manager - Jerry James
Fat Lady - Barbara Hemingway
Strong Man - Richard Kel
Juggler - Max Manning
Elephant Girl - Dianne Simpson
Carnival Worker - Red West
Volcano Man - John Turk
Clown - Chester Hayes
Concessionaire - Joe Forte
College Students - Lynn Borden, Linda Foster, Teri Hope, Raquel Welch
Boys with Balloons - Steve Condit, Dean Moray
Sexy Girl - Dianne Libby
Man - Owen Bush
Boy - Jimmy Gaines
1st Farmer - Richard Di Paolo
2nd Farmer - Theodore E. Lehmann
Harry Carver's Secretary - Maugene H. Gannon
Little Girl - Katie Sweet
Roustabout was first announced in May 1961, but took three years to go to production.
The original title was Right This Way Folks.
Charlie Rogers original name was Charlie Main, the original name for Maggie Morgan was Maggie Moore.
Exteriors for Roustabout were filmed near Thousand Oaks, CA. Producer Hal Wallis had one of the large traveling carnivals in the West erect tents and build a midway on some land there. For the big-tent interiors, the giant doors of stages #12, #14, and #15 on the Paramount lot were opened to combine the three stages for the first time in the history of the studio.
On February 15, 1965, in the New York Supreme court, professional dancer Little Egypt sued Paramount Pictures, RCA Victor, and Elvis Presley Music, Inc., for $2.5 million in damages. She also sought an injunction restraining exhibitions of Roustabout and stopping sales of the Roustabout LP, which contained the song "Little Egypt." Her contention was that the tune and the use of the Little Egypt name in the film was done without her authorization, causing her irreparable harm and holding her up to public ridicule. She lost the case. The original Little Egypt, Catherine Devine, caused a sensation when she danced at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.
Roustabout was ranked #28 on Variety's list of top-grossing films for the year 1965. By the end of that year, it had grossed $3 million. Roustabout reached as high as #8 on Variety's weekly list.
Mother's Tea House is an Espresso cafe owned by Lou at which Charlie Rogers sang at the beginning of the film.
Charlie Rogers rode a 1964 Honda 350 motorcycle, California license plate number 204843.
Charlie lived near Shreveport, LA.
Restroom name in carnival language is Donniker.
Harry Carver was the owner of Carver's Combined Shows, and was nicknamed "Harry the Undertaker" because he waited for small shows to die and then bought them.
Blooper: On a blackboard outside the girlie show, it was indicated that the next show was at 9:30. A few minutes later, the same blackboard had the next show listed at 8:30.
Bill's Motorcycle Repairs was the shop that repaired Charlie's motorcycle and the cost was $150 which was paid by Joe.
For the motorcycles to perform in the "Wall of Death" stunt, a speed of 40 miles per hour had to be attained.
Charlie earned $1,050 for three weeks work at Carver's Combine Shows. When he left to go back to Morgan's Shows, Charlie gave Carver $50 as partial payment on his contract and $1,000 to Arthur Nielsen as partial payment on Maggie Morgan's overdue loan payment.
"There's a Brand New Day on the Horizon"-Sung on the midway at the end of the film
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