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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 black #49 car crashes through a railing during a left turn, as the camera tracks the car from right to left, a man's right arm above the elbow and white short shirt sleeve can be seen. Just before the crash, police can be seen standing on the side of the road with fire extinguishers and a rescue vehicle, but they are wearing long sleeve khaki shirts. See more »

Quotes

Lucky Jackson: You get the motor?
Shorty Fansworth: You better believe I got the motor Lucky.
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Referenced in Valerie: Viva Las Vegas (1989) See more »

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Do The Vega
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Performed by Elvis Presley
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The lady loves me... but she doesn't know it yet.
5 August 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Arguably the best of the standard Elvis Presley travelogue confections that comprised the majority of the films in his screen career, Viva Las Vegas succeeds largely due to the chemistry shared between E and sexy inferno Ann-Margret. Sporting the impossibly comic-book perfect names Lucky Jackson and Rusty Martin, the two stars forge a romance against the backdrop of the Vegas Grand Prix, which Elvis, naturally intends on winning. Typical Elvis movie values like achievement through hard work (E must slave away as a lowly hotel employee in order to raise enough cash to fix his racer) and plucky perseverance don't detract from the colorful widescreen photography and a number of fun songs, like "The Lady Loves Me," "C'mon Everybody," "I Need Somebody to Lean On," and the memorable title tune.


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