Viva Las Vegas


1h 26m 1964
Viva Las Vegas

Brief Synopsis

A race-car driver falls for a pretty swimming instructor who wants him to slow down his career.

Photos & Videos

Viva Las Vegas - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Viva Las Vegas - Publicity Stills
Viva Las Vegas - Movie Posters

Film Details

Genre
Romance
Musical
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 20 May 1964
Production Company
Jack Cummings Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Sports car enthusiast Lucky Jackson defeats Italian champion Count Elmo Mancini, who then asks Lucky to drive for him. Lucky refuses and plans to get a new engine and race his own car in the Las Vegas Grand Prix. When Lucky and Mancini arrive in Las Vegas, they are both attracted to Rusty Martin, a hotel swimming instructor. Lucky loses his money when he is pushed into a pool, and he takes a job as a waiter in order to pay his bills. Rusty, falling in love with Lucky, tries to persuade him to give up racing, and she flirts with Mancini to make Lucky jealous. Lucky enters the hotel talent contest but only ties with Rusty. Instead of the necessary cash, Rusty receives a pool table and Lucky, a honeymoon. Hours before the Grand Prix, Rusty's father, who has always been interested in racing, secretly borrows the money for Lucky. Mancini's car crashes, and Lucky goes on to win the race and marry Rusty. Performers and additional songs : "Yellow Rose of Texas," "What'd I Say," "I Need Somebody To Lean On" (Lucky), "My Rival" (Rusty), "The Lady Loves Me" (Lucky and Rusty), "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You" (Lucky and chorus), "The Climb" (quartet).

Photo Collections

Viva Las Vegas - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.
Viva Las Vegas - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Viva Las Vegas - Movie Posters
Here are some original-release movie posters from MGM's Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.
Viva Las Vegas - Scene Stills
Here are a number of scene stills from MGM's Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.

Film Details

Genre
Romance
Musical
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 20 May 1964
Production Company
Jack Cummings Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

Viva Las Vegas


The promotional posters for Viva Las Vegas (1964) proclaimed "It's that Go-Go Guy and That Bye Bye Birdie Gal in the Fun Capital of the World!" but for fans, this inspired pairing was long overdue. Ever since the press had tagged Ann-Margret as "the female Elvis," the public had been waiting for these two to stage a showdown, and if you want to see dueling pelvises, look no further than this sunny time capsule from the mid-sixties.

Elvis stars as Lucky Jackson, a penniless race car driver who wants to win the Las Vegas Grand Prix but is currently working as a singing waiter to pay the bills. Once he spots swimming instructress Rusty (Ann-Margret), an elaborate mating dance begins that culminates in the wild, orgiastic production number, "C'Mon Everybody." Other musical highlights include the rousing title song (written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman) over the garish neon credits, Elvis giving Ray Charles a run for his money with his own version of "What'd I Say," Ann-Margret performing "Appreciation," and an impromptu version of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."

When musical numbers were first being considered for the film, there was some talk about having Elvis do a cover of "Sukiyaki" (a number one hit that year for Kyu Sakamoto) with English lyrics. That didn't pan out but Elvis and Ann-Margret did perform a dynamic version of the Leiber and Stoller tune "You're the Boss," which for some strange reason got left out of the finished film.

During the making of Viva Las Vegas, Elvis and Ann-Margret began an offscreen romance which they took great pains to hide from the press even though the rumors were flying. In her autobiography, Ann-Margret (G.P. Putnam's Sons), the actress admits that "From day one, when we gathered around the piano to run through the film's songs, Elvis and I knew that it was going to be serious. That day, we discovered two things about each other. Once the music started, neither of us could stand still. Music ignited a fiery pent-up passion inside Elvis and inside me. It was an odd, embarrassing, funny, inspiring, and wonderful sensation. We looked at each other move and saw virtual mirror images. When Elvis thrust his pelvis, mine slammed forward too. When his shoulder dropped, I was down there with him. When he whirled, I was already on my heel. 'It's uncanny,' I said. He grinned. Whatever it was, Elvis liked it and so did I."

Producer: Jack Cummings, George Sidney
Director: George Sidney
Screenplay: Sally Benson
Cinematography: Joseph F. Biroc
Editing: John McSweeney, Jr.
Art Direction: Edward C. Carfagno, George W. Davis
Music: George E. Stoll, Doc Pomus, Bernie Baum, Stanley Chianese and other uncredited writers.
Cast: Elvis Presley (Lucky Jackson), Ann-Margret (Rusty Martin), Cesare Danova (Count Elmo Mancini), William Demarest (Mr. Martin), Nicky Blair (Shorty Fansworth), Jack Carter (Himself), Teri Garr (Showgirl, uncredited).
C-85m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning. Descriptive Video.

by Jeff Stafford

Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas

The promotional posters for Viva Las Vegas (1964) proclaimed "It's that Go-Go Guy and That Bye Bye Birdie Gal in the Fun Capital of the World!" but for fans, this inspired pairing was long overdue. Ever since the press had tagged Ann-Margret as "the female Elvis," the public had been waiting for these two to stage a showdown, and if you want to see dueling pelvises, look no further than this sunny time capsule from the mid-sixties. Elvis stars as Lucky Jackson, a penniless race car driver who wants to win the Las Vegas Grand Prix but is currently working as a singing waiter to pay the bills. Once he spots swimming instructress Rusty (Ann-Margret), an elaborate mating dance begins that culminates in the wild, orgiastic production number, "C'Mon Everybody." Other musical highlights include the rousing title song (written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman) over the garish neon credits, Elvis giving Ray Charles a run for his money with his own version of "What'd I Say," Ann-Margret performing "Appreciation," and an impromptu version of "The Yellow Rose of Texas." When musical numbers were first being considered for the film, there was some talk about having Elvis do a cover of "Sukiyaki" (a number one hit that year for Kyu Sakamoto) with English lyrics. That didn't pan out but Elvis and Ann-Margret did perform a dynamic version of the Leiber and Stoller tune "You're the Boss," which for some strange reason got left out of the finished film. During the making of Viva Las Vegas, Elvis and Ann-Margret began an offscreen romance which they took great pains to hide from the press even though the rumors were flying. In her autobiography, Ann-Margret (G.P. Putnam's Sons), the actress admits that "From day one, when we gathered around the piano to run through the film's songs, Elvis and I knew that it was going to be serious. That day, we discovered two things about each other. Once the music started, neither of us could stand still. Music ignited a fiery pent-up passion inside Elvis and inside me. It was an odd, embarrassing, funny, inspiring, and wonderful sensation. We looked at each other move and saw virtual mirror images. When Elvis thrust his pelvis, mine slammed forward too. When his shoulder dropped, I was down there with him. When he whirled, I was already on my heel. 'It's uncanny,' I said. He grinned. Whatever it was, Elvis liked it and so did I." Producer: Jack Cummings, George Sidney Director: George Sidney Screenplay: Sally Benson Cinematography: Joseph F. Biroc Editing: John McSweeney, Jr. Art Direction: Edward C. Carfagno, George W. Davis Music: George E. Stoll, Doc Pomus, Bernie Baum, Stanley Chianese and other uncredited writers. Cast: Elvis Presley (Lucky Jackson), Ann-Margret (Rusty Martin), Cesare Danova (Count Elmo Mancini), William Demarest (Mr. Martin), Nicky Blair (Shorty Fansworth), Jack Carter (Himself), Teri Garr (Showgirl, uncredited). C-85m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning. Descriptive Video. by Jeff Stafford

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Trivia

This was Elvis' most successful film in theatrical release, returning more than $5 million to MGM on an investment of less than $1 million.

Notes

Locations filmed in Las Vegas and at Hoover Dam(Boulder Dam) Lake.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video December 6, 1988

Released in United States Spring May 1964

Released in United States Spring May 1964

Released in United States on Video December 6, 1988