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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 hitch a ride to the World's Fair in Seattle after the sheriff seizes their crop duster biplane to cover Danny's gambling debts. Mike looks after the driver's 7 y.o. niece at the fair, where he meets a cute nurse.

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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the revolving restaurant scene in the Space Needle, the song "I'm Falling in Love Tonight" is sung live with the orchestra just behind the camera. Hence the applause at the end of the song. 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

Danny Burke: You going to give up flying?
Mike Edwards: Well, not exactly. I've been thinking about signing up for something in the Space Program.
Danny Burke: Space! Beautiful! You'd be perfect for it - you got a head full of it!
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Connections

Featured in Pearl Jam Twenty (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Falling In Love Tonight
(uncredited)
Written by Don Robertson
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Okay Elvis fare
6 July 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

As someone else mentioned, 1963 is still early enough that Elvis Presley looks like he's enjoying himself in "It Happened at the World's Fair," which also stars Gary Lockwood, Joan O'Brien and Vicky Tiu. Pilots Mike (Elvis) and Danny (Lockwood) find themselves without a plane after it's confiscated for debts due to Lockwood's addiction to gambling. They hitch a ride to Seattle with a man and his 7-year-old niece Sue-Lin (Tiu), and Mike ends up taking the little girl to the 1962 World's Fair. When she eats too much junk, he takes her to the clinic, where he meets Diane Warren (Joan O'Brien), a nurse. He comes on a little strong - so strong, I'm surprised she didn't call security. In order to see her again, he gives a little boy (Kurt Russell) a quarter to kick him in the shins.

After he return Sue-Lin to her uncle, she finds Mike again when her uncle doesn't come home from making a delivery. Mike now has to cope with a not very helpful partner, trying to think of a way to get his plane back, romancing Diane and taking care of a 7-year-old girl.

This is the usual Elvis travelogue, but more interesting than others because it's shot on the grounds of the Seattle World's Fair and has that iconic moment when future brilliant Elvis impersonator Russell lets him have it in the shins. Elvis looks great and as usual sings beautifully. The music is pretty good. This wasn't the film career Elvis wanted but unfortunately for his ambitions, these films made money. Enjoyable.


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