Roustabout (film)

Roustabout (film)

Roustabout
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Rich
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Screenplay by
  • Anthony Lawrence
  • Allan Weiss
Story by Allan Weiss
Starring
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by
Production
company
Hal Wallis Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 11, 1964 (1964-11-11) (USA)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3,300,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[42]

Roustabout is a 1964 American musical feature film starring Elvis Presley as a singer who takes a job working with a struggling carnival. The film was produced by Hal Wallis and directed by John Rich from a screenplay by Anthony Lawrence and Allan Weiss. The screenplay was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for best written American musical although Roustabout received a lukewarm review in Variety.[43] The film's soundtrack album was one of Elvis Presley's most successful, reaching no. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart.[44]

Plot

Musician Charlie Rogers (Barbara Stanwyck). When Charlie tries to become friendly with Cathy, Joe forces him off the road and the bike is wrecked after crashing into a wooden fence.

Maggie offers him a place to stay and a job with her struggling traveling carnival while the bike is being repaired. Charlie becomes a "carnie", a roustabout. Maggie recognizes his musical talents and promotes him to feature attraction. His act soon draws large crowds. Off stage, Charlie romances Cathy, which creates animosity with 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 to star in the much better financed show of rival carnival producer Harry Carver (Pat Buttram).

Once again, he is a great success. However, when Charlie learns that Maggie is facing bankruptcy, he returns to her carnival. In the musical finale, he is happily reunited with Cathy.

Cast

Uncredited actors listed alphabetically:

Musical numbers

See also Roustabout (album)

All tunes in the film were sung by Presley.

Reception

Roustabout reached #8 nationally at the box office in 1964 based on the Variety survey. The film finished as #28 on the year-end list of the top-grossing movies of 1964 and earned $3 million at the box office.

While the New York Times declined to review the film, Variety was lukewarn, faulting mainly the script, but noted the film would likely be a box-office hit based upon its star names, songs, and Technicolor, Techniscope qualities.

Awards and honors

The film's screenwriters, Anthony Lawrence and Allan Weiss, were nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical. The film generated a best-selling soundtrack album that went #1 on the Billboard charts. The soundtrack album would be Presley's final #1 soundtrack and last #1 album until 1969's From Elvis in Memphis, which topped the charts in the U.K.

See also

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ a b "Mountain Jews: customs and daily life in the Caucasus, Leʼah Miḳdash-Shema", Liya Mikdash-Shamailov, Muzeʼon Yiśraʼel (Jerusalem), UPNE, 2002, page 17
  3. ^ Mountain Jews: customs and daily life in the Caucasus, Leʼah Miḳdash-Shemaʻʼilov, Liya Mikdash-Shamailov, Muzeʼon Yiśraʼel (Jerusalem), UPNE, 2002, page 9
  4. ^ Mountain Jews: customs and daily life in the Caucasus, Leʼah Miḳdash-Shemaʻʼilov, Liya Mikdash-Shamailov, Muzeʼon Yiśraʼel (Jerusalem), UPNE, 2002, page 19
  5. ^ a b c Brook, Kevin Alan. The Jews of Khazaria. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006, page 233
  6. ^ a b c d e
  7. ^ a b c d Pinkus, B., & Frankel, J. (1984). The Soviet Government and the Jews, 1948-1967: A Documented Study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  8. ^ Kiril Feferman: "Nazi Germany and the Mountain Jews: Was There a Policy?", in: Richard D. Breitman (ed.): Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Volume 21 Spring 2007, Oxford University Press, pp. 96-114.
  9. ^ a b c
  10. ^
  11. ^ Gorodetsky, L. (2001). "Jews from the Caucasus: A dying breed?" http://www.jta.org/2001/06/06/life-religion/features/jews-from-the-caucasus-a-dying-breed-3 Accessed November 12, 2013.
  12. ^ JTA. (2000). Around the Jewish World: "Russia’s Mountain Jews Support War in Chechnya, but Are Eager to Get Out." http://www.jta.org/2000/03/01/archive/around-the-jewish-world-russias-mountain-jews-support-war-in-chechnya-but-are-eager-to-get-out#ixzz2kSedZ42B Accessed November 12, 2013.
  13. ^ Sarah Marcus, "Mountain Jews: A New Read on Jewish Life", Tablet Magazine, Accessed November 12, 2013.
  14. ^ Brown, F. (2002). "Mountain Jews struggle to keep culture intact", Chicago Tribune, 22 November 2002. Accessed November 12, 2013
  15. ^ a b Pinkus, B., & Frankel, J. (1984). The Soviet Government and the Jews, 1948-1967: A Documented Study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chicago
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ Cnaan Liphshiz. (2013). "Jewish shtetl in Azerbaijan survives amid Muslim majority." http://www.jta.org/2013/08/29/news-opinion/world/jewish-shtetl-in-azerbaijan-survives-amid-muslim-majority#ixzz2kSt0TdaT Accessed at November 12, 2013.
  19. ^ a b Miḳdash-Shemaʻʼilov, L. (2002). Mountain Jews: Customs and Daily Life in the Caucasus (Vol. 474). UPNE. Chicago
  20. ^
  21. ^ The Mountain Jews. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/109629/jewish/The-Mountain-Jews.htm Accessed November 12, 2013
  22. ^ a b
  23. ^
  24. ^ Jewish Virtual History Library, Azerbaijan, Accessed November 11, 2013.
  25. ^ Cnaan Liphshiz. (2013). "Jewish shtetl in Azerbaijan survives amid Muslim majority." http://www.jta.org/2013/08/29/news-opinion/world/jewish-shtetl-in-azerbaijan-survives-amid-muslim-majority#ixzz2kSt0TdaT Accessed at November 12, 2013
  26. ^ Miḳdash-Shemaʻʼilov, L. (2002). The community has developed new specialties, becoming known for their skills in mechanics and particularly classic car restoration. http://www.thejewishnews.com/jews-who-cruise/ Mountain Jews: Customs and daily life in the Caucasus (Vol. 474). UPNE. Chicago
  27. ^ Alexander Murinson. "Jews in Azerbaijan: a History Spanning Three Millennia." http://www.stmegi.com/Common_Public/BlogPage.aspx?bid=1012/ Accessed November 12, 2012.
  28. ^ Behar, D. M., Metspalu, E., Kivisild, T., Rosset, S., Tzur, S., Hadid, Y., ... & Skorecki, K. (2008). "Counting the Founders: The Matrilineal Genetic Ancestry of the Jewish Diaspora", Plos one, 3(4), e2062.
  29. ^ BRYAN SCHWARTZ. "Teens lead Azerbaijan Jews up the spiritual mountain.", JWeekly http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/17495/teens-lead-azerbaijan-jews-up-the-spiritual-mountain/ Accessed November 12, 2013.
  30. ^ a b
  31. ^
  32. ^
  33. ^ a b
  34. ^ The Mountain Jews of Daghestan, Jewish Communities in Exotic Places by Ken Blady (Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc., 2000), pages 158
  35. ^ Blady (2000), The Mountain Jews of Daghestan, pp. 158-159
  36. ^ a b
  37. ^
  38. ^ a b c d
  39. ^ "Good name is very valuable thing." From interview of his daughter Lyudmila Hizgilovna Avshalumov. http://www.obzor-smi.ru/?com=articles&page=article_print&id=3459 Retrieved 08.06.2011.
  40. ^
  41. ^
  42. ^ This figure consists of anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Big Rental Pictures of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 6
  43. ^ Adam Victor. The Elvis Encyclopedia. Overlook, 2008.
  44. ^ Billboard Magazine.

External links