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It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 April 1963 (USA)
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Mike and Danny fly a crop duster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff seizes it. Trying to earn money, they hitch-hike to the World's Fair in Seattle. While Danny tries ... See full summary »

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Norman Taurog
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Mike Edwards
Joan O'Brien ... Diane Warren
Gary Lockwood ... Danny Burke
Vicky Tiu Vicky Tiu ... Sue-Lin
H.M. Wynant ... Vince Bradley
Edith Atwater ... Miss Steuben
Guy Raymond ... Barney Thatcher
Dorothy Green ... Miss Ettinger
Kam Tong ... Uncle Walter Ling
Yvonne Craig ... Dorothy Johnson
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Storyline

Mike and Danny fly a crop duster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff seizes it. Trying to earn money, they hitch-hike to the World's Fair in Seattle. While Danny tries to earn money playing poker, Mike takes care of a small girl, Sue-Lin, whose Uncle Walter has disappeared. Being a ladies' man, he also finds the time to court a young nurse, Diane. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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ukulele | sheriff | debt | gambling | fair | See All (106) »

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Swinging higher than the Space Needle with the gals and the songs at the famous World's Fair!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

3 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mister, Will You Marry Me? See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,250,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "futuristic" car in which Elvis finds Sue-Lin asleep is a General Motors Firebird III. Designed with a titanium steel skin, a "double bubble" canopy, and gull-wing doors, it was one of the world's first self-driving cars, and could be driven remotely using a joystick device. The Firebird III was displayed at the 1962 World's Fair, in the Washington State Pavilion (now KeyArena), which was later the home of the Seattle Supersonics NBA basketball team. See more »

Goofs

On arrival at the World's Fair, Elvis stores his luggage and guitar. The guitar case is not shown being pushed into a locker, since it would actually be far too long to fit. See more »

Quotes

Mike Edwards: My name is Mike Edwards. I'd like to start over again, Miss Warren.
Diane Warren: The only thing that I want you to start, Mr. Edwards, is *out*!
Mike Edwards: Look, I know I have a tendency to press, but it's a personality flaw. Basically, I'm not a bad guy, really.
Diane Warren: Do you want me to call the guard?
Mike Edwards: I like it better with just the two of us.
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Connections

Referenced in The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Relax
(uncredited)
Written by Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Formula Presley film with interesting fair backgrounds...
13 July 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

ELVIS PRESLEY gets to sing several non-memorable songs, the best of which is "One Broken Heart for Sale", but IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD'S FAIR is strictly standard Presley stuff wherein the guy has his eye on a pretty gal (JOAN O'BRIEN) and makes a pitch, the sort that turns her off at first. Predictably, after a few misunderstandings involving a small girl abandoned at the fair, a happy ending is soon in sight.

The music by Leith Stevens is pleasant enough and the fair grounds at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair make colorful backgrounds for the slight story. GARY LOCKWOOD is Elvis' pilot pal, both of them down on their luck but seeming to spend plenty of money on the fair and decent lodgings. The sub-plot involving both bachelors entrusted with the care of a seven year-old by a complete stranger is more than a little improbable, especially given today's public awareness of children being taken advantage of by adults with criminal behavior.

Presley shares some effective scenes with the little girl but has his standard "boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl" routine with leading lady O'Brien, a pert blonde who plays a nurse who suspects him of feigning illness as a part of his wolf routine. Naturally, the little girl is responsible for bringing them together again after a few silly misunderstandings keep them apart.

Nothing special, but passes the time pleasantly whenever Elvis sings, which is pretty often.


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