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Release Date:
3 April 1963 (USA) See more »
Swinging higher than the Space Needle with the gals and the songs at the famous World's Fair!
Mike and Danny fly a crop duster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff seizes it. Trying to earn money... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elvis Presley ... Mike Edwards

Joan O'Brien ... Diane Warren

Gary Lockwood ... Danny Burke
Vicky Tiu ... Sue-Lin

H.M. Wynant ... Vince Bradley

Edith Atwater ... Miss Steuben

Guy Raymond ... Barney Thatcher
Dorothy Green ... Miss Ettinger
Kam Tong ... Uncle Walter Ling

Yvonne Craig ... Dorothy Johnson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Bress ... Craps Shooter (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Dice Player (uncredited)

George Cisar ... Craps Shooter (uncredited)
Bill Cole ... The Mellomen (uncredited)
Max Cutler ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Tough Poker Player (uncredited)

Jacqueline deWit ... Emma Johnson (uncredited)

Michael B. Druxman ... Visitor at Fair (uncredited)
Evelyn Dutton ... Rita (uncredited)
Joe Esposito ... Carnival Man (uncredited)
John Francis ... Guard (uncredited)
Sandra Giles ... Lily (uncredited)
Paul Gorss ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Lt. Staffer (uncredited)

John Hart ... (uncredited)
Linda Humble ... Redhead on Monorail (uncredited)

John Indrisano ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Sid Kane ... Dice Player (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jong Ook Kim ... Chinese Attendant (uncredited)
Paula Lane ... Waitress (uncredited)
Bill Lee ... The Mellomen (uncredited)
Kathryn MacGuinness ... Second Attendant (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Airport Guard (uncredited)

Troy Melton ... Poker Player (uncredited)
George Milan ... Craps Shooter (uncredited)

Bill Quinn ... Man Leaving Dispensary (uncredited)
Joe Quinn ... Craps Shooter (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... The Mellomen (uncredited)
Hal Riddle ... Dice Player (uncredited)

Kurt Russell ... Boy Kicking Mike (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Max Smith ... The Mellowmen (uncredited)

Olan Soule ... Henry Johnson (uncredited)
Erna Tanler ... The Concessionaire (uncredited)

Russell Thorson ... Sheriff Garland (uncredited)
Henry Travis ... Poker Player (uncredited)
David Tyrell ... Guard (uncredited)
Charles Victor ... Craps Shooter (uncredited)

Patrick Waltz ... NASA Recruiting Officer (uncredited)

Red West ... Fred (uncredited)

Robert Williams ... Mr. Farr (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Taurog 
Writing credits
Si Rose (written by) and
Seaman Jacobs (written by)

Produced by
Ted Richmond .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leith Stevens 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg 
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
Don Guidice (uncredited)
Harold F. Kress (uncredited)
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Shirley Althouse .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Roy Stork .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Wally Jones .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jim Myers .... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Shenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard Hendrickson .... property master (uncredited)
Jim Luttrell .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Clint Althouse .... sound (uncredited)
Ray Bisordi .... sound (uncredited)
Larry Jost .... sound (uncredited)
Al Strasser .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Milford Cline .... gaffer (uncredited)
Wilfred M. Cline .... gaffer (uncredited)
George Hollister .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Ion .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Mehl .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fuca .... set costumer (uncredited)
Sophia Stutz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
James Taylor .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Jack Baker .... stager: musical numbers
The Jordanaires .... vocal backgrounds
The Mellomen .... vocal backgrounds (as The Mello Men)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Tom Parker .... technical advisor (as Colonel Tom Parker)
Dorothy Aldrin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
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105 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Finland:S (cut) (1963) | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Sweden:Btl (cut)

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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)See more »
How Would You Like to BeSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Crop dusters, Batgirl, Worlds Fair fun!, 24 May 2013
Author: Dan Kitti

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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