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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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Count Elmo Mancini
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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  »

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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

Elvis's good friend, Red West, can be seen several times as different, uncredited characters. See more »

Goofs

There are no Marinas near Hoover Dam. The helicopter would have flown for a few minutes before they would have seen one. See more »

Quotes

Rusty Martin: [In helicopter] Hey, this is fun!
Lucky Jackson: Only way to travel.
Lucky Jackson: Ah - that's the Hoover Dam, one of the seven modern civil engineering wonders of the century. Do you know its over 700 feet from the River Colorado to the top of the dam. The dam helps make enough electricity to light up homes 300 miles away.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Kitten with a Whip (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Today, Tomorrow and Forever
(uncredited)
(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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Star chemistry makes this a cut above the usual Elvis fare
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Viva Las Vegas is a highly entertaining and lively film, sparked by the chemistry of its two gorgeous stars, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. When Ann-Margret appeared on Larry King last year, King kept bringing up Elvis, but she wasn't about to talk about him. They were certainly a hot couple, and if they were crazy about each other, which reportedly they were, who can blame them? There is absolutely nothing special about the story, but the movie has some delightful musical numbers, including the title song - which has become part of the popular culture as it personifies everything Vegas.

Colonel Parker wasn't happy about Viva Las Vegas because he felt that Ann-Margret was getting too many closeups in an Elvis Presley film. But without her sexy presence, the film would have lacked a lot of its energy. Elvis was unhappy making this kind of movie, and I imagine he was more willing to go to work with Ann-Margret on the set. It's fun to see them so young and beautiful, and having fun.


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