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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 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 »

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Comedy | Musical

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20 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Only Girl in Town  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,675,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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During the race just after they pass the Nashville, Nevada saloon, the ground level camera crew in the median is clearly visible from the helicopter shot. See more »

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Lucky Jackson: Good morning, I've been looking for you all night.
Rusty Martin: You must be desperate to find a model that really needs fixing.
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Referenced in Melrose Place: A Tree Talks in Melrose (1997) See more »

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The Yellow Rose of Texas/The Eyes of Texas
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Written by Don George, adapted by Randy Starr & Fred Wise/John Lang Sinclair
Performed by Elvis Presley
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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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