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Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 20 May 1964 (USA)
A race car driver preparing for the Grand Prix, wiles his time in Las Vegas working as a waiter to pay for his new engine. Soon, he strikes up a romance with a beautiful young woman.

Director:

George Sidney

Writer:

Sally Benson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Lucky Jackson
Ann-Margret ... Rusty Martin
Cesare Danova ... Count Elmo Mancini
William Demarest ... Mr. Martin
Nicky Blair ... 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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Elvis is at the wheel but Ann-Margret drives him wild! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When Elvis/Lucky pulls up to the Las Vegas Speedway with his race car in tow, he is driving a beat up yellow convertible with mud all over the front window, a second later he is backing his race car into the garage and the yellow convertible's front window is spotless, not a speck of mud on it. See more »

Quotes

Lucky Jackson: [singing] Well, there ain't nothing wrong with long-haired music, Like Brahms, Beethoven and Bach, But, I was raised with a guitar in my hand, And I was born to rock...
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Connections

Referenced in What's New, Scooby-Doo?: Riva Ras Regas (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

My Rival
(uncredited)
Written by Marvin More and Bernie Wayne
Performed by Ann-Margret
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Elvis and Ann-Margret (Out)do Vegas!
21 August 2006 | by lonniebealeSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Only Girl in Town See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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