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Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 20 May 1964 (USA)
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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Lucky Jackson
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Count Elmo Mancini
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Mr. Martin
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Shorty Fansworth
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Storyline

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

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Comedy | Musical

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Approved | See all certifications »
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20 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Only Girl in Town  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,675,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Surprisingly, according to Variety, "Viva Las Vegas" earned more in distributors rentals than "A Hard Day's Night" despite both films being released in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. "Viva Las Vegas" grossed $9,442,967 compared to $6,165,000 for the Beatles' debut feature. See more »

Goofs

When the race starts, the black #49 car is tapped by the rear of the red #22 car as all cars pull out of their starting positions. The driver of #49 is wearing a red top. When #49 crashes through the barrier and off the road the driver is wearing a white top. See more »

Quotes

Rusty Martin: Can you help me please?
Lucky Jackson: Can we help you? Yes ma'am.
Rusty Martin: Can you check my motor, it whistles.
Lucky Jackson: I don't blame it!
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Spoofed in Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Today, Tomorrow and Forever
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(recorded for the film but not used)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
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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