Charlie Rogers (Presley) is a leather-clad carnival singer, general handyman, embittered orphan and karate expert (with a very large motorcycle) who leaves during a lull in business, but returns for the love of the carnival owner’s daughter, Cathy (Joan Freeman) in one of the best Elvis outings.
Elvis Presley films are basically unashamed fluff, containing songs and girls with curiously pointed breasts, but the proceedings are dignified here by Barbara Stanwyck’s participation as Maggie Morgan, the operator of the carnival.
Presley’s fists fly in a coffeehouse and again when he attracts the attention of a sleazy rival, but still finds time to sing Hard Knocks, One Track Heart, It’s a Wonderful World and Big Love, Big Heartache.
Raquel Welch makes her screen debut in Roustabout in a bit part as a college girl.
Sue Ane Langdon