Directed by Frederick de Cordova 
Produced by Edward Small 
Screenplay by Alex Gottlieb 
Story by Nat Perrin 
Music by Fred Karger 
Cinematography Jacques R. Marquette 
Editing by Grant Whytock 
Studio Frankie and Johnny Productions 
Distributed by United Artists 
Release date March 31, 1966
Running time 87 minutes 
Country United States 
Language English 
Budget $4,500,000 
Box office $2,750,000 (US)

SYNOPSIS:

Johnny and girlfriend Frankie are performers on a Mississippi River riverboat, which also has a casino. Johnny is a compulsive gambler who is down on his luck and in debt.

Johnny and his friend Cully, a musician and composer, visit a gypsy camp to get his fortune told. A lady reads tea leaves and tells Johnny that he will soon meet a red-haired woman who will bring him luck.

Back on the boat, Johnny and Cully promptly encounter Nellie Bly, their boss Clint Braden's on-again, off-again girlfriend. Nellie has just caught Braden seducing another singer, Mitzi. Since she has red hair, Nellie is persuaded by Johnny to touch his chips for luck. After he wins, Johnny is convinced that the gypsy must be correct.

Frankie finds out and becomes jealous, as does Johnny's boss. In a bit of musical theatre, Frankie shoots Johnny for dancing with Nellie Bly while singing Cully's new song. A Broadway recruiter sees the riverboat show and buys the rights to this new song, suggesting that Frankie and Johnny should work together with him in New York.

Landing in New Orleans, the musical cast and riverboat crew attend a masked ball. Frankie, Nellie and Mitzi each rent the same Madame Pompadour costume.

Johnny is eager for the luck of redhead Nellie to win more money, contrary to Frankie's expressed wishes. Being masked and in costume, Frankie and Nellie scheme to switch places to test Johnny's lucky-redhead theory. Johnny wins ten thousand dollars at a roulette wheel, but when he kisses the woman he believes to be Nellie, he discovers the switch. Frankie is furious. She throws the winnings out the window.

Blackie, a dim-witted stooge who works for the boss, hears Braden drunkenly complain about how he has lost Nellie. Thinking he can be of help, Blackie switches the blank cartridge in Frankie's stage gun for a real bullet.

The boss tries to prevent the impending disaster, but arrives at the theatre too late. Frankie has shot Johnny for real. Frankie forgives his gambling as the love of her life appears to be dying on stage. Johnny then stands up, apparently unhurt. Johnny was saved because the bullet struck a lucky medallion he was wearing that Frankie had given him.


CAST:

Elvis Presley as Johnny
Donna Douglas as Frankie
Harry Morgan as Cully
Sue Ane Langdon as Mitzi
Nancy Kovack as Nellie Bly
Audrey Christie as Peg
Anthony Eisley as Clint Braden
Robert Strauss as Blackie
Joyce Jameson as Abigail
Naomi Stevens as Princess Zolita
Dave Willock as the bartender

SONGS:

Come Along
Written by David Hess
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Petunia the Gardener's Daughter
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley and Eileen Wilson

Chesay
Written by Fred Karger, Ben Weisman & Sid Wayne
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

What Every Woman Lives For
Written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Frankie and Johnny
Written by Alex Gottlieb, Fred Karger & Ben Weisman
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley and Eileen Wilson

Look Out Broadway
Written by Fred Wise & Randy Starr
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley, Eileen Wilson, and Ray Walker

Beginner's Luck
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Down By the Riverside / When the Saints Go Marching In
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Shout It Out
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Hard Luck
Written by Ben Weisman & Sid Wayne
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Please Don't Stop Loving Me
Written by Joy Byers
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Everybody Come Aboard
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Frankie and Johnny is a 1966 American musical film. The role of "Frankie" was played by Donna Douglas from The Beverly Hillbillies TV series. The film reached #40 on the Variety weekly national box office list for 1966. The budget of the film was estimated at $4.5 million. The director was Frederick De Cordova, who was the director and producer of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson beginning in 1970.