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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
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

It's that "go-go" guy and that "bye-bye" gal in the fun capital of the world! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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

Close ups of Elvis in his race car (at end, race) show his helmeted head a good way above the head protection roll bar behind him: in the rear view shots of his car, from other rivals P.o.V. helmeted head is clearly ('safely'!) within the head rest / safety roll bar curve. See more »

Quotes

Lucky Jackson: You get the motor?
Shorty Fansworth: You better believe I got the motor, Lucky.
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Connections

Referenced in Echoes of Silence (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

You're The Boss
(uncredited)
(recorded for the film but not used)
Performed by Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret
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User Reviews

The lady loves me... but she doesn't know it yet.
5 August 1999 | by pooch-8See 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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Official Sites:

HBOMAX | Official site | See more »

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)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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