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Stay Away, Joe
     

Stay Away, Joe

Director: Peter Tewksbury, Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell

Cast: Peter Tewksbury, Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell

 
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

Overview

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 notable being "U.S. Male" by guitar-great Jerry Reed. By this time, Elvis was extremely tired of churning out movies with such dismal scripts. Later in 1968, he would make a triumphant return to live performing with his NBC television special which featured Jerry Reed's "Guitar Man." Elvis was playing out the string of films set up by his controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker, who never wanted Elvis to be considered as a serious dramatic actor. Parker even went so far as to take Elia Kazan to task for even mentioning such an idea. It was such thinking that prompted the King Of Rock & Roll to return to the stage once again after an eight-year hiatus.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Quite possible the worst movie Elvis Presley ever made (and to some people, that is saying a LOT), Stay Away, Joe has so little to recommend it that even dedicated Elvis fans should do themselves -- and the memory of "the King" -- a favor by skipping this one. Based on an undistinguished novel (that also served as the basis for Whoop Up, a legendarily bad Broadway musical), Joe's screenplay has absolutely nothing going for it. One could say at least it is consistent -- the dialogue is every bit as lame as the plot, and both are every bit as lame as the character development. Peter Tewksbury's direction is of the sheer desperation sort; one assumes that all he was concerned with was getting the required footage into the can and hoping that there wouldn't be a need for retakes. The cast is game, at least. Presley tries hard, but he needs a role that's clearer and better defined in order to shine; here, he's mostly lost. Fine performers such as Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell and Katy Jurado do what they can with the material, but they know they're in a no-win situation. Even the few opportunities Presley gets to sing don't result in any real magic -- and that's saying quite a lot.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
UPC:
0012569797550
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
28,756

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: Français (main feature only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Joe Lightcloud
Burgess Meredith Charlie Lightcloud
Joan Blondell Glenda Callahan
Katy Jurado Annie Lightcloud
Thomas Gomez Grandpa
L.Q. Jones Bronc Hoverty
Quentin Dean Mamie Callahan
Anne Seymour Mrs. Hawkins
Douglas Henderson Congressman
Angus Duncan Lorne Hawkins
Michael Lane Frank Hawk
Susan Trustman Mary Lightcloud
David Cadiente Other Indian
Del (Sonny) West Jackson He-Crow
Dick Wilson Car Salesman
Marya Christen Billie Jo Hump
Buck Kartalian Bull Shortgun
Michael Keller Orville Witt
Maurishka Connie Shortgun
Brett Parker Deputy Sheriff Hank Matson
Jennifer Peak Little Deer
Warren Vanders Hike Bowers
Caitlin Wyles Marlene Standing Rattle
Frank Parker Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Tewksbury Director
Carl Anderson Art Director
Roy C. Bennett Songwriter
George W. Brooks Editor
George W. Davis Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Don Greenwood Set Decoration/Design
Michael A. Hoey Screenwriter
Dale Hutchinson Asst. Director
Burt Kennedy Screenwriter
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Douglas Laurence Producer
Jack Marshall Score Composer
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Reed Songwriter
Sid Tepper Songwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stay Away, Joe
1. Stay Away Credits [3:12]
2. Joe Coming Home [5:30]
3. Bull Rider [6:26]
4. Pileup of Pals [4:03]
5. Stay Away, Joe [4:14]
6. Diversionary Fight [3:49]
7. What's for Chow? [6:03]
8. A Lot of Bull [3:12]
9. Mamie Needs Practice [4:11]
10. Trade-In [3:33]
11. Party at Callahan's [4:35]
12. Gun-Toting Glenda [3:17]
13. Snoring Bull [5:13]
14. Dominic [2:34]
15. Movements/Improvements [4:03]
16. All I Needed Was the Rain [2:14]
17. Two-Wheel Transport [2:20]
18. Impressing Mrs. Hawkins [5:34]
19. Unsure Shooting [4:27]
20. Dominic's Rep [3:52]
21. Ride Him Not, Cowboys [5:17]
22. Instant Cattle Baron [4:02]
23. Wedding Crashers [3:52]
24. Home Wreckers [3:44]
25. Cast List [1:23]

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