Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  20 May 1964 (USA)
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Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.



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Complete credited cast:
Lucky Jackson
Count Elmo Mancini
Mr. Martin
Nicky Blair ...
Shorty Fansworth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dallas Johann ...
Rickey Murray ...
Delivery Boy (as Rick Murray)


Lucky Jackson arrives in town with his car literally in tow ready for the first Las Vegas Grand Prix - once he has the money to buy an engine. He gets the cash easily enough but mislays it when the pretty swimming pool manageress takes his mind off things. It seems he will lose both race and girl, problems made more difficult by rivalry from Elmo Mancini, fellow racer and womaniser. Perhaps some singing will help. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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It's that "go-go" guy and that "bye-bye" gal in the fun capital of the world! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

20 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Only Girl in Town  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)


$4,675,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Japanese cartoon character Speed Racer's appearance was partly based on the character Lucky Jackson, complete with a pompadour hairstyle and gadget filled car. See more »


When "The Coasters" first begin performing the song "The Climb," the close-up view shows none of them wearing glasses. When the camera zooms out to show the entire dance floor, the baritone/bass vocalist is wearing glasses. See more »


Count Elmo Mancini: What difference does it make? Unfortunately you are on your way to Los Angeles and I have to work on my car, therefore we have no time for a beautiful girl.
Lucky Jackson: I guess you're right.
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Referenced in Lexx: Viva Lexx Vegas (2002) See more »


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Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret
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Elvis at his best!!
1 September 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Okay, I've seen enough Elvis movies to last the rest of my life. I've seen the westerns, the post army movies, the musicals, the documentaries. But this movie stands alone because of the performances of Elvis Presley and the beautiful Ann Margaret. If you ever wanted to see Elvis at his peak ( still young at 29, in shape, confident in his every move ) this is the movie for you. The dance numbers are some of the best I've seen from the era. Elvis was truly at the top of his game filming this movie. I only wish some of the later movies were as good. Sure, this movie has its cheesy parts, but what Elvis movie doesn't. My four year old son likes to watch the ending race sequence over and over again. I wonder who wins the Las Vegas Grand Prix?? I can't say enough about the vivacious Ann Margaret. Elvis himself was smitten for her in real life and I can't blame him. She matches Elvis song for song and dance for dance. At the time of filming, she was referred to as the "female Elvis". Deservingly so, I might add. If only Elvis and Ann had made some more movies together.

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