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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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Cast

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

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 »

Goofs

When Rusty is dancing in a lavender bodysuit, she wears high heels until about 2/3 way through and then she is shown with lavender ballet slippers. See more »

Quotes

Rusty Martin: I heard about your money Lucky, I'm sorry.
Lucky Jackson: It's only money.
Rusty Martin: Only money! Do you realise how hard it is to earn money.
Lucky Jackson: But I won it.
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Connections

Referenced in American Teen (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

My Rival
(uncredited)
Written by Marvin More & Bernie Wayne
Performed by Ann-Margret
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Her rival is a baby blue racing car
10 November 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Elvis Presley as a Las Vegas auto enthusiast who has to choose between racing his roadster or chasing Ann-Margret, playing a curvy hotel pool manager who usually has the day off. Not a total success for the stars--the script is heavy with talk, and there's an uncomfortable scene early on where Elvis lies to A-M about her car problems just to keep her around. I don't know WHY Presley is forced to sing "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" in a musical set in Nevada, but nevertheless, it's a friendly-enough frolic, and it certainly looks good. The dancing is hot, and Elvis and Ann-Margret seem so right together. Sure it's campy, and the whole business with him buying her a tree because she longs for suburbia defies explanation, but it's an idealistic, happily-ever-after fantasy. *** from ****


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