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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:
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 {J-26}

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Elvis is at the wheel but Ann-Margret drives him wild! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

20 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Only Girl in Town  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)


$4,675,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


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 black #49 car crashes through a railing during a left turn, as the camera tracks the car from right to left, a man's right arm above the elbow and white short shirt sleeve can be seen. Just before the crash, police can be seen standing on the side of the road with fire extinguishers and a rescue vehicle, but they are wearing long sleeve khaki shirts. See more »


Count Elmo Mancini: [On seeing Elvis dressed as a waiter] What's this, some kind of American joke?
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Featured in Elvis Found Alive (2012) See more »


You're The Boss
(recorded for the film but not used)
Performed by Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret
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User Reviews

Elvis and Ann-Margret (Out)do Vegas!
21 August 2006 | by (Memphis, TN) – See all my reviews

Although my own personal favorite Elvis film is "Tickle Me" (1965), "Viva Las Vegas" is the last remotely classy film he made and his best musical in years. The Las Vegas locale enabled M-G-M to put in some rock songs--and Ann-Margret (a cross between Marilyn and Madonna) whose image is similar to Elvis's, was a definite plus. The film was even more successful than "Blue Hawaii" (1961)--Presley's biggest hit to date. They took their time shooting it, the songs are well showcased and Elvis and the sexy Ann-Margret form the most attractive twosome in years. It's even quite possible that the challenging Miss Margret briefly lifts him from the doldrums he's been in; most certainly when they double (as in the very catchy "C'mon Everybody" sequence) the fireworks explode loud and bright. Both performers are sinuous and sensual and assured, and between them they manage to lift a routine movie far above what it would otherwise be. But it also has the bonus of director George Sidney ("Bye Bye Birdie")--and it's the last Elvis film that will be so blessed.

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