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It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  3 April 1963 (USA)
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Mike and Danny fly a crop duster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff seizes it. Trying to earn money, they hitch-hike to the World's Fair in Seattle. While Danny tries ... See full summary »

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Mike and Danny fly a crop duster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff seizes it. Trying to earn money, they hitch-hike to the World's Fair in Seattle. While Danny tries to earn money playing poker, Mike takes care of a small girl, Sue-Lin, whose Uncle Walter has disappeared. Being a ladies' man, he also finds the time to court a young nurse, Diane. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Swinging higher than the space needle with the gals and the songs at the famous Worlds Fair!


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3 April 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mister, Will You Marry Me?  »

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$2,250,000 (USA)
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Recalling his scene with the legendary Elvis years later, Kurt Russell says that although the scene called for Russell to kick Elvis Presley in the shin, Russell didn't want to do it. He says that finally Elvis paid him $5 to do it and he did. See more »

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On arrival at the World's Fair, Elvis stores his luggage and guitar. The guitar case is not shown being pushed into a locker, since it would actually be far too long to fit. See more »

Quotes

Danny Burke: You didn't tell me she was put together like that!
Mike Edwards: Can't you tell a nice girl when you meet one?
Danny Burke: Oh oh! Now he's a cub scout. What happened, somebody steal your wolf whistle?
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Referenced in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) See more »

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One Broken Heart for Sale
(uncredited)
Written by Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Okay Elvis fare
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As someone else mentioned, 1963 is still early enough that Elvis Presley looks like he's enjoying himself in "It Happened at the World's Fair," which also stars Gary Lockwood, Joan O'Brien and Vicky Tiu. Pilots Mike (Elvis) and Danny (Lockwood) find themselves without a plane after it's confiscated for debts due to Lockwood's addiction to gambling. They hitch a ride to Seattle with a man and his 7-year-old niece Sue-Lin (Tiu), and Mike ends up taking the little girl to the 1962 World's Fair. When she eats too much junk, he takes her to the clinic, where he meets Diane Warren (Joan O'Brien), a nurse. He comes on a little strong - so strong, I'm surprised she didn't call security. In order to see her again, he gives a little boy (Kurt Russell) a quarter to kick him in the shins.

After he return Sue-Lin to her uncle, she finds Mike again when her uncle doesn't come home from making a delivery. Mike now has to cope with a not very helpful partner, trying to think of a way to get his plane back, romancing Diane and taking care of a 7-year-old girl.

This is the usual Elvis travelogue, but more interesting than others because it's shot on the grounds of the Seattle World's Fair and has that iconic moment when future brilliant Elvis impersonator Russell lets him have it in the shins. Elvis looks great and as usual sings beautifully. The music is pretty good. This wasn't the film career Elvis wanted but unfortunately for his ambitions, these films made money. Enjoyable.


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