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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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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the guitar players on the soundtrack was singer/actor Glen Campbell. He plays on What`d I Say. See more »

Goofs

During the auto race, the cars are supposed to be driving across the Hoover Dam from Nevada into Arizona. In reality, they are driving the wrong way across the dam, from Arizona into Nevada (where Las Vegas is); plus the race begins at night: the Hoover dam would be approximately 30+ minutes (standard) driving from Las Vegas, but the race cars are shown crossing in (early morning?) daylight. See more »

Quotes

Lucky Jackson: If you're going to get this girl primed, I better open this pop.
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Connections

Referenced in Megas XLR: Viva Las Megas (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Today, Tomorrow and Forever
(uncredited)
(recorded for the film but not used)
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret
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Elvis meets his perfect match.
20 March 2003 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

I used to not be a big fan of Elvis movies. For all of his talent with a song, his films (with a few exceptions) were basically all the same formula: a crooning playboy situated in (exotic location of your choice), with any number of young, excited women waiting in the wings. But in "VLV" he has a more independent-than-usual female co-star (the stunningly beautiful Ann-Margret), who not only matches him in sex appeal, but who forces him to fight for her affection. It's a wonderful match of wits, from the first number, "The Lady Loves Me." They are both marvelous as they each musically bait the other, right up until he takes a header into a swimming pool. (In subsequent scenes they water ski, have a western-style showdown, tour Vegas in a helicopter, and dance in a gymnasium.) Later, when they both compete in the same talent show, A-M gives Elvis a run for his money with her hotter-than-hot striptease "Appreciation." It's perfect that the final shot in the movie is a split-screen of the title song sung (by him) and danced (by her). If no one knew that they were having a romance in real life; they'd figure it out from the chemistry generated in this film. This one and "G.I. Blues" (which features another independent co-star) are my favorites.


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