Frankie and Johnny (1965)





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This film stars Elvis Presley as Johnny, a Mississippi gambler and Donna Douglas as his girlfriend Frankie. In keeping with the old ballad, Frankie and Johnny's romance is threatened by the intervention of seductress Nellie Bly. Nellie brings Johnny luck at the gaming tables, while Frankie sees red.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Elvis Presley
as Johnny
Donna Douglas
as Frankie
Nancy Kovack
as Nellie Bly
Jerome Cowan
as Wilbur
Robert Strauss
as Blackie
Wilda Taylor
as Earl Barton Dancer
Larri Thomas
as Earl Barton Dancer
Dee Jay Mattis
as Earl Barton Dancer
Judy Chapman
as Earl Barton Dancer
Judith Chapman
as Earl Barton Dancer
James Millhollin
as Proprietor of Costume Shop
Richard Reeves
as Man on Street
Naomi Stevens
as Princess Zolita
Joyce Jameson
as Abigail
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Audience Reviews for Frankie and Johnny

You will have good luck with the red heads... Johnny is a riverboat entertainer and degenerate gambler that never wins at anything. One night a fortune teller informs him his luck will change when he finds a red head. The fortune comes true and Johnny feels he has found true love in lady luck; however, his girlfriend, Frankie, does not believe the fortune teller's tale is Johnny's true path. "How much did you lose tonight?" "How much did I have?" Frederick De Cordova, director of After the Honeymoon, I'll Take Sweden, Peggy, Here Comes the Nelsons, Illegal Entry, Wallflower, and Always Together, delivers Frankie and Johnny. The storyline for this picture is above average and contains dynamic and well portrayed characters. The acting is more fun than you may expect and the cast includes Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, Harry Morris, Nancy Kovack, and Robert Strauss. "She is no gentlemen." I randomly DVR'd this during a recent Elvis marathon on cable. This was better than some of his films I have watched. I was fairly entertained by this and enjoyed watching this movie unfold. There are some clever twists throughout the movie and some of the writing made me chuckle. Overall, this is worth seeing once for fans of the classics. "In my next life I hope I'm not a girl." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

CAMPTASTIC Broadway awesomeness. THIS is exactly what you want out of a B-Elvis movie. All of the charm of a Gene Kelly flick with the nutty outfits of a Demy musical. It's a cute, simple character drama that doesn't over promise. If only the music was slightly better, this coulda been a full on 4 star film.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

Light, nothing deep but reasonably entertaining. Most of the songs aren't very memorable, but the cast is good, especially the supporting players. Colorful and lively.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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