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Stay Away, Joe



Shooting began October 18, 1967 and completed until mid-November 1967

Opened nationally March 8, 1968

Character:  Joe Lightcloud

Producer: Douglas Laurence

Director: Peter Tewksbury



In this feature, Elvis plays a Native American. The film stereotypes American Indians as shiftless and irresponsible. Joe Lightcloud is a rodeo rider and a Navajo whose family still lives on the reservation. Joe persuades his congressman to give him 20 heifers and a prize bull so he and his father can prove that the Navajo's can successfully raise cattle on the reservation. If their experiment is successful, then the government will help all the Navajo people. But Joe's buddy accidentally barbecues the prize bull, while Joe sells the heifers to buy plumbing and other home improvements for his stepmother. Tavern owner Glenda Callahan has a daughter who can't seem to stay away from the girl-chasing Joe.



"Stay Away"-Sung over the opening credits.

"Stay Away, Joe"-sung at an all-night party.

"Lovely Mamie"-Sung while driving a red convertible. Only one line was sung: "Mamie, Mamie, lovely little Mamie".

"Dominick"-Sung to Dominick XII, a bull.

"All I Needed Was The Rain"-Sung during a rainstorm while sitting in the completely stripped convertible.

"Goin' Home" was cut from the film.



Joe Lightcloud - Elvis Presley

Charlie Lightcloud - Burgess Meredith

Glenda Callahan - Joan Blondell

Annie Lightcloud - Katy Jurado

Grandpa (Chief Lightcloud) - Thomas Gomez

Hy Slager - Henry Jones

Bronc Hoverty - L. Q. Jones

Mamie Callahan - Quentin Dean

Mrs. Hawkins - Anne Seymour

Congressman Morrissey - Douglas Henderson

Lorne Hawkins - Angus Duncan

Frank Hawk - Michael Lane

Mary Lightcloud - Susan Trustman

Hike Bowers - Warren Vanders

Bull Shortgun - Buck Kartalian

Connie Shortgun - Maurishka

Marlene Standing Rattle - Caitlin Wyles

Billie Jo Hump - Marya Christen

Jackson He-Crow - Del (Sonny) West

Little Deer - Jennifer Peak

Deputy Sheriff Hank Matson - Brett Parker

Orville Witt - Michael Keller

Car Salesman - Dick Wilson

Other Indian - David Cadiente

Judge Nibley - Harry Harvey Sr.

Workman - Joe Esposito

Announcer at Rodeo - Robert Lieb


Production Notes:

Location filming was near Sedona, AZ. Some of the photography was also filmed around Cottonwood.

Twenty-five families from the Navajo Indian Reservation near Tuba City, AZ appeared as extras in the all-night party scenes.

For the film, a Navajo Indian reservation was reconstructed foothills of Sedona, AZ.

Advertising billed Stay Away, Joe as "Elvis goes West....and the West goes wild!" "He's playing Indian--but he doesn't say 'How'...he says 'When!'" and "Elvis is kissin' cousins again--and also friends, and even some perfect strangers!"

Stay Away, Joe was ranked #65 in Variety's list of top-grossing films of 1968.


Joe received twenty heifers and a young bull from Congressman Morrissey to prove that he and his father could successfully raise cattle on the reservation.

Chester Walking Bear was an Indian from Big Springs who sent this message via smoke signals: "Get ready for big hoop-up. Watch squaws. Joe Lightcloud coming home."

Mamie Callahan was nineteen years old.

Joe Lightcloud's horses name was Old Gray. He traded Old Gray for a red convertible.

To get Glenda Callahan out of the area, Joe agreed to meet her at the Maverick Bar in Flagstaff.

Dominick XII was the champion bucking bull Joe Lightcloud bought from Hike Bowers.

Joe Lightcloud was called the "Pride of Calgary, Cheyenne, and Madison Square Garden."


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