Directed by Peter Tewksbury 
Produced by Douglas Laurence 
Written by Michael A. Hoey
Burt Kennedy (uncredited)
Based on Stay Away, Joe - by Dan Cushman 
Music by Jack Marshall 
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp 
Editing by George W. Brooks 
Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
Release date March 8, 1968
Running time 102 minutes 
Country United States 
Language English 
Box office $1,500,000


Elvis Presley stars as Native American rodeo rider Joe Lightcloud, a Navajo whose family still lives on the reservation. He returns to the reservation in a white Cadillac convertible with which he proceeds to drive cattle.

Joe persuades his Congressman to give him 20 heifers and a prize bull so he and his father can prove that the Navajos can successfully raise cattle on the reservation. If their experiment is successful, then the government will help all the Navajo people. But Joe's friend, Bronc Hoverty accidentally barbecues the prize bull, while Joe sells the heifers to buy plumbing and other home improvements for his stepmother, Annie Lightcloud.

Joe is able to borrow a bull, Dominick, but the bull is lackadaisical and shows no interest in the heifers. Mamie Callahan, the daughter of shot gun-toting tavern owner Glenda Callahan can't seem to stay away from the girl-chasing Joe. Joe also trades in his horse at a used car dealership for a red convertible automobile from which he sells the parts off to obtain cash from a salvage yard. After almost all of the usable car parts are sold, he rides around in a beat-up motorcycle.

In order to raise money, Joe organizes a contest in which riders have to stay on Dominick, the unresponsive bull he procured from his friend as a replacement. In addition, Joe himself has to ride Dominick and stay on in order to win the prize money. Joe wins the contest and receives the prize money. In a fight at his father's house, Joe and his friends are involved in a large fight that destroys the house they have been building.


Elvis Presley as Joe Lightcloud
Burgess Meredith as Charlie Lightcloud
Joan Blondell as Glenda Callahan
Katy Jurado as Annie Lightcloud
Thomas Gomez as Grandpa
Henry Jones as Hy Slager
L.Q. Jones as Bronc Hoverty
Quentin Dean as Mamie Callahan
Douglas Henderson as Congressman Morrissey
Dick Wilson as Car Salesman
Charlie Hodge as Guitar player


Stay Away, Joe
Written by Sid Wayne & Ben Weisman
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Lovely Mamie
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

All I Needed Was the Rain
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Stay Away
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed and Sung by Elvis Presley

Stay Away, Joe is a 1968 Western-comedy film. The film was based on the 1953 novel by Dan Cushman, a satirical farce. The film reached number 65 on the Variety weekly national box office chart in 1968.

The screenplay was adapted from the failed Broadway musical "Whoop-Up," and retained many of the same plot devices and characters, including Joe's grandfather who refuses to live in a house, preferring his ancestral teepee.