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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.

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 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}

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,125,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,442,967
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some theatres chose to bill Ann-Margret above Elvis due to her popularity at the time. 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: [singing] I could beat a Señorita or a lady of fame, A gold digger with a crazy figure, Beat her at her own game, I'll make you a bet, I make him forget: A hostess on a jet, A sexy brunette, A model from Paris, A wealthy heiress, A chick who's a gasser, A graduate of Vassar, A socialite, Who's out all night, A famous movie star!
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Connections

Spoofed in The Red Green Show: Viva Las Possums (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lady Loves Me
(uncredited)
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
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 blanche-2See 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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