Tickle Me


1h 30m 1965
Tickle Me

Brief Synopsis

A singing cowboy signs on with an all-woman dude ranch.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
Atlanta opening: 28 May 1965
Production Company
Allied Artists
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Rodeo rider Lonnie Beale, a handsome singer, is employed by Vera Radford, proprietress of a dude ranch and beauty spa. Although he is befriended by handyman Stanley Potter, Lonnie arouses the jealousy of swimming instructor Brad Bentley. Despite her suspicion that Lonnie is a fortune hunter, physical education teacher Pam Merritt falls in love with him. Pam is the victim of repeated abduction attempts, which, she is informed by Deputy Sheriff Sturdivant, are inspired by her possession of a map of buried treasure. When she sees Lonnie kissing Vera, Pam breaks up with him, refusing to listen to his explanations. Back on the rodeo circuit, Lonnie finds himself preoccupied with Pam and is convinced by Stanley to return to her. He and Stanley locate Pam in Silverado, a restored ghost town and site of the treasure. During a night spent in a wax museum, the trio is assaulted by a procession of monsters, who are revealed to be Adolf, the ranch chef; Jerry, the groom; Henry, the gardener; and Deputy Sheriff Sturdivant. In the confrontation, the treasure is discovered. Assisted by Brad, Lonnie subdues the intruders. After a wedding at the ranch, Lonnie and Pam drive off, with Stanley trapped in a washtub he has tied to their car.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
Atlanta opening: 28 May 1965
Production Company
Allied Artists
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

Tickle Me


The closest Elvis Presley came to making a haunted house movie is this daffy dude ranch musical written by the man who brought the world The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1948) and Return of the Fly (1959). A one-off partnership with struggling Allied Artists, Tickle Me assured Presley a $750,000 paycheck - more than half the shooting budget - and a fifty percent profit share. Keeping the overhead down was a soundtrack of recycled Presley recordings, among them Leiber and Stoller's "Dirty, Dirty Feeling" and "(Such an) Easy Question" by Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott, which hit the top spot on Billboard's easy listening chart. The plot finds Presley as an itinerant bronco buster, pursued by randy lady rancher Julie Adams (The Creature from the Black Lagoon) as he makes a play for comely Jocelyn Lane (The Gamma People), whose possession of a treasure map leading to a fortune in gold makes her a magnet for miscreants and monsters. Set in a ghost town, the film's third act is a rehash of gags Bernds had cooked up for the Three Stooges with Presley facing down a veritable spookshow of ghosts and werewolves who turn out to be all too human underneath dime store masks. Tickle Me was low hanging fruit for Presley fans but it saved Allied Artists from bankruptcy. Look for bits by scream queens Allison Hayes (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) and Merry Anders (The Hypnotic Eye).

By Richard Harland Smith
Tickle Me

Tickle Me

The closest Elvis Presley came to making a haunted house movie is this daffy dude ranch musical written by the man who brought the world The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1948) and Return of the Fly (1959). A one-off partnership with struggling Allied Artists, Tickle Me assured Presley a $750,000 paycheck - more than half the shooting budget - and a fifty percent profit share. Keeping the overhead down was a soundtrack of recycled Presley recordings, among them Leiber and Stoller's "Dirty, Dirty Feeling" and "(Such an) Easy Question" by Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott, which hit the top spot on Billboard's easy listening chart. The plot finds Presley as an itinerant bronco buster, pursued by randy lady rancher Julie Adams (The Creature from the Black Lagoon) as he makes a play for comely Jocelyn Lane (The Gamma People), whose possession of a treasure map leading to a fortune in gold makes her a magnet for miscreants and monsters. Set in a ghost town, the film's third act is a rehash of gags Bernds had cooked up for the Three Stooges with Presley facing down a veritable spookshow of ghosts and werewolves who turn out to be all too human underneath dime store masks. Tickle Me was low hanging fruit for Presley fans but it saved Allied Artists from bankruptcy. Look for bits by scream queens Allison Hayes (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) and Merry Anders (The Hypnotic Eye). By Richard Harland Smith

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Trivia

This is the only movie for which Elvis did not record a new soundtrack. All the songs had been recorded between 1960 and 1963, and had already been released on several albums or singles.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1965

Released in United States 1965