Stay Away, Joe (1968)





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This forgettable comedy finds Joe Lightcloud (Elvis Presley) as a mixed-blood Indian with strong ties to his tribe and his father Charlie (Burgess Meredith). Joe tries to get government assistance for the tribe in exchange for permitting the local congressman to graze cattle on Indian land. Maime (Quentin Dean) is the object of Joe's affection, but they are under the watchful eye of her mother Glenda (Joan Blondell), who owns the local saloon. The Jordanaires back up Elvis on a few songs, most … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Burt Kennedy, Michael A. Hoey
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On DVD: Aug 7, 2007
MGM Home Entertainment


as Joe Lightcloud

as Glenda Callahan

as Annie Lightcloud

as Charlie Lightcloud

as Grandpa

as Hy Slager

as Bronc Hoverty

as Mamie Callahan

as Mrs. Hawkins

as Congressman Morrisse...

as Lorne Hawkins

as Frank Hawk

as Mary Lightcloud

as Hike Bowers

as Other Indian

as Bull Shortgun

as Connie Shortgun

as Car Salesman

as Marlene Standing Rat...

as Billie Jo Hump

as Jackson He-Crow

as Little Dear

as Deputy Sheriff Hank ...

as Orville Witt
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Abysmal waste of talent on stupid script that has no point and insulting stereotypes. The biggest shame is the casting of two great actresses, Joan Blondell and Katy Jurado, and not just criminally underusing them but throughly wasting them in terrible parts. Elvis movies are a scattershot bunch but this has to be one of the worst.

jay nixon

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HORRIBLE. Easily the worst Elvis movie. Terrible characters, racist stereotypes, zero plot... I wanted to punch Quentin Dean's character in the face, obnoxious 19 year old who acts like a 9 year old sex doll airhead. Shot like a bad Terry Gilliam movie too. The only redeeming factor of this film is the opening scene in which Elvis herds a group of cattle in his white Cadillac convertible. Amazing.


The main plot for the movie was pretty much lacking. What saved the movie from me turning it off were the off collar jokes and the sub plots with the girl and the crazy mom as well as Joe's sister. It does have some good moments but for the most part it seemed like just a reason for guys to be guys who just go around fighting eachother.

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