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 ...
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Michael D. Moore
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
One of four films that Elvis Presley and Kurt Russell have in common. Russell appeared in the Elvis movie "It Happened At The World's Fair" (1963), he portrayed Presley in the TV movie "Elvis" (1979), he portrayed Presley again (voice only) in "Forrest Gump" (1994), and he played an Elvis impersonator in "3000 Miles to Graceland" (2001). In "It Happened at the World's Fair," Elvis asks Russell (who was a young boy at the time), to kick him hard in the shin for which Elvis pays him 25 cents. In "3000 Miles to Graceland," this scene is parodied when a young boy runs on screen and kicks Russell (in full Elvis attire) in the shin. See more »
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 »
[Mike brings Sue Lin to the nurse's station]
Good heavens, what's the matter?
I got a stomach ache.
She kinda' went overboard on the groceries, ma'am. I'm afraid it's my fault.
That's generally the case. Are you all right?
Oh, sure. My stomach went through 3 years in the Army, ha ha.
[the nurse is not amused]
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This enjoyable Elvis musical tells an entertaining story of Mike and Danny, two crop duster gamblers who somehow need to get to the World's Fair. That was never really explained, but that is where It Happened so we'll let that go. They hitch a ride with their friend Uncle Walter, who, as his name suggests, has a niece, a very cutieeeeeeeee Asian girl named Sue-Lin. After they get to the World's Fair, Uncle Walter unavailable to attend so f course Elvis takes Sue-Lin, where she wins a giant stuffed dog as big as herself, gets sick, seeks medical attention so Elvis can meet Nurse Diane at the World's Fair, where It Happened. Notable guest stars include a young Kurt Russell, and Yvonne Craig who was Batgirl in the 60s TV series Batman. You get to see Elvis spend quality time with Sue-Lin and sing her a Lullabye, and you know scenes with Elvis and kids are touching and heartwarming. The film may have been kind of an infomercial for the World's Fair in its day, or the Space Program maybe? After the fact, it is a pop culture footnote to it. Oh, and one more thing. If you really have to get to the top of the Space Needle right away and someone tells you to get to the back of the line, it REALLY helps to be with Elvis Presley in an Elvis movie. They let you right through!
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