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Viva Las Vegas (1964)

 -  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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Lucky Jackson
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Count Elmo Mancini
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Mr. Martin
Nicky Blair ...
Shorty Fansworth
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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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)  »

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

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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About 15 seconds into Ann-Margret's dance routine at the University of Nevada, the red-haired male dancer third from the left, wearing grey pants, white shoes and black socks, suddenly becomes a different person with blond hair, white pants, grey shoes and white socks. See more »

Quotes

Rusty Martin: [Singing] My rival is a baby blue racing car.
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If You Think I Don't Need You
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Written by Red West (as Bob "Red" West)
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Elvis meets his perfect match.
20 March 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I used to not be a big fan of Elvis movies. For all of his talent with a song, his films (with a few exceptions) were basically all the same formula: a crooning playboy situated in (exotic location of your choice), with any number of young, excited women waiting in the wings. But in "VLV" he has a more independent-than-usual female co-star (the stunningly beautiful Ann-Margret), who not only matches him in sex appeal, but who forces him to fight for her affection. It's a wonderful match of wits, from the first number, "The Lady Loves Me." They are both marvelous as they each musically bait the other, right up until he takes a header into a swimming pool. (In subsequent scenes they water ski, have a western-style showdown, tour Vegas in a helicopter, and dance in a gymnasium.) Later, when they both compete in the same talent show, A-M gives Elvis a run for his money with her hotter-than-hot striptease "Appreciation." It's perfect that the final shot in the movie is a split-screen of the title song sung (by him) and danced (by her). If no one knew that they were having a romance in real life; they'd figure it out from the chemistry generated in this film. This one and "G.I. Blues" (which features another independent co-star) are my favorites.


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