Roustabout – product information and synopsis (from American Film Institute)
Charlie Rogers, an embittered orphan who makes his living as a singer-guitarist, is involved in a motorcycle accident with a jeep driven by Joe Lean. Annoyed at Charlie's shouted advances to his daughter Cathy, Joe runs Charlie off the highway, wrecking his motorcycle and guitar. Maggie, who owns a carnival where Cathy is an assistant, promises to have the motorcycle repaired and the guitar replaced; in the meantime, she hires Charlie as a roustabout at her carnival. Although Charlie is unhappy with the work, his increasing fondness for Cathy keeps him on the job after the motorcycle and guitar are returned. Charlie soon becomes a featured attraction as a singer, and the carnival, which was on the verge of bankruptcy, begins to make money. Harry Carver, an unscrupulous businessman, makes Charlie an offer to perform in a nightclub for more money, and, after an argument with Joe and squabbles with Cathy and Maggie, he accepts. Charlie is an immense success, but Maggie's carnival is again on the verge of closing. Cathy comes to one of Charlie's performances, and they realize that they are in love. Charlie leaves Carver and returns to Maggie's carnival in time to save it.
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