It Happened at the World's Fair


1h 45m 1963
It Happened at the World's Fair

Brief Synopsis

A pilot's efforts to help a lost girl at the Seattle World's Fair lead to love.

Film Details

Also Known As
Take Me to the Fair
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Adventure
Musical
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 3 Apr 1963
Production Company
Ted Richmond Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Mike and Danny, two bush pilots, are grounded when a local sheriff attaches their plane as security for unpaid bills resulting from Mike's weakness for women and Danny's for gambling. They hitch a ride to Seattle with Walter Ling, a Chinese farmer, and his young niece Sue-Lin. Upon arrival the uncle finds it impossible to take Sue-Lin to the World's Fair, and Mike volunteers to accompany her while Danny goes to search for a friend, Vince Bradley. Sue-Lin gets a stomach ache after sampling every kind of food and going on every ride. In the dispensary Mike makes a successful play for nurse Diane Warren, but during their dinner date Sue-Lin arrives and tearfully explains that she has lost her uncle. Mike takes her under his wing, but she is taken away by the Child Welfare Board, supposedly on Diane's recommendation. In reality, Danny is the informer--he wants Mike to help him pilot a plane for Vince. Mike agrees, but he learns just before takeoff that Sue-Lin has run away. He finds her at the fair and takes her to the airplane. Meanwhile, Diane, also looking for Sue-Lin, has arrived at the runway. Mike becomes suspicious of Vince and discovers that the cargo they were to transport consists of smuggled furs. A scuffle ensues, police apprehend Vince, Mike and Diane are reconciled, Sue-Lin is reunited with her uncle, and all ends happily.

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Film Details

Also Known As
Take Me to the Fair
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Adventure
Musical
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 3 Apr 1963
Production Company
Ted Richmond Productions
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

It Happened at the World's Fair


He's played a water ski instructor, a ghetto doctor, a lifeguard, an underwater demolitions expert, a tuna fisherman and on at least three occasions, a race car driver so why shouldn't Elvis get to add another occupational hazard to his list of screen characters? In It Happened at the World's Fair (1963), he plays a freelance charter airplane pilot named Mike Edwards who travels to Seattle with his buddy Danny (Gary Lockwood) to check out the action. In no time flat, Danny's gambling debts force the duo to relinquish their plane and come up with another game plan - smuggling. Of course, the plot is secondary to the sights and sounds of the World's Fair. After all, who can compete with the Space Needle, the Skyride, the "Dream Car" exhibit, and the Floating City of Tomorrow? Elvis, that's who. He serenades his fans with "Cotton Candy Land," "Happy Ending," and "I'm Falling in Love Tonight." He also shares a duet - "How Would You Like to Be" - with tiny Vicky Tiu in her screen debut as Sue-Ling and if that number doesn't give you diabetes, nothing will.

During the filming of It Happened at the World's Fair in Seattle, MGM executives took extra security precautions and made sure the king was surrounded at all times off-camera by a group of Pinkerton plainclothes detectives. And speaking of kings, when Elvis returned to MGM after the location shooting, he was given Clark Gable's former dressing room at the studio.

Want some more trivia? Recognize that little boy who kicks Elvis in the film? Yes, that's Kurt Russell in his first film appearance. His first screen role, however, was in the television series Sugarfoot. Russell would go on to play the Tupelo wonderboy in John Carpenter's made-for-TV biopic, Elvis in 1979. And yes, Elvis did have an offscreen affair with co-star Yvonne Craig who also turned up in another Elvis film, Kissin' Cousins.

Producer: Ted Richmond
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Si Rose, Seaman Jacobs
Cinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg
Film Editing: Fredric Steinkamp
Art Direction: E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis
Music: Leith Stevens
Cast: Elvis Presley (Mike Edwards), Joan O'Brien (Diane Warren), Gary Lockwood (Danny Burke), Vicky Tiu (Sue-Lin), H.M. Wynant (Vince Bradley), Yvonne Craig (Dorothy Johnson).
C-106m. Letterboxed. Closed Captioning.

by Jeff Stafford
It Happened At The World's Fair

It Happened at the World's Fair

He's played a water ski instructor, a ghetto doctor, a lifeguard, an underwater demolitions expert, a tuna fisherman and on at least three occasions, a race car driver so why shouldn't Elvis get to add another occupational hazard to his list of screen characters? In It Happened at the World's Fair (1963), he plays a freelance charter airplane pilot named Mike Edwards who travels to Seattle with his buddy Danny (Gary Lockwood) to check out the action. In no time flat, Danny's gambling debts force the duo to relinquish their plane and come up with another game plan - smuggling. Of course, the plot is secondary to the sights and sounds of the World's Fair. After all, who can compete with the Space Needle, the Skyride, the "Dream Car" exhibit, and the Floating City of Tomorrow? Elvis, that's who. He serenades his fans with "Cotton Candy Land," "Happy Ending," and "I'm Falling in Love Tonight." He also shares a duet - "How Would You Like to Be" - with tiny Vicky Tiu in her screen debut as Sue-Ling and if that number doesn't give you diabetes, nothing will. During the filming of It Happened at the World's Fair in Seattle, MGM executives took extra security precautions and made sure the king was surrounded at all times off-camera by a group of Pinkerton plainclothes detectives. And speaking of kings, when Elvis returned to MGM after the location shooting, he was given Clark Gable's former dressing room at the studio. Want some more trivia? Recognize that little boy who kicks Elvis in the film? Yes, that's Kurt Russell in his first film appearance. His first screen role, however, was in the television series Sugarfoot. Russell would go on to play the Tupelo wonderboy in John Carpenter's made-for-TV biopic, Elvis in 1979. And yes, Elvis did have an offscreen affair with co-star Yvonne Craig who also turned up in another Elvis film, Kissin' Cousins. Producer: Ted Richmond Director: Norman Taurog Screenplay: Si Rose, Seaman Jacobs Cinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg Film Editing: Fredric Steinkamp Art Direction: E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis Music: Leith Stevens Cast: Elvis Presley (Mike Edwards), Joan O'Brien (Diane Warren), Gary Lockwood (Danny Burke), Vicky Tiu (Sue-Lin), H.M. Wynant (Vince Bradley), Yvonne Craig (Dorothy Johnson). C-106m. Letterboxed. Closed Captioning. by Jeff Stafford

Quotes

You didn't tell me she was put together like that!
- Danny Burke
Can't you tell a nice girl when you meet one?
- Mike Edwards
Oh oh! Now he's a cub scout. What happened, somebody steal your wolf whistle?
- Danny Burke
Hey kid, how would you like to kick me in the shin?
- Mike Edwards
How would I like to kick you in the shin?
- Boy
Uhum.
- Mike Edwards
Mister are you drunk?
- Boy
No. I'll tell you what, if you kick me in the shin I'll give you a quarter, here.
- Mike Edwards
Ohhhh! Ohhhh! I don't feel good, Mr. Mike. I don't feel good!
- Sue Lin
I wonder why!
- Mike Edwards

Trivia

'Russell, Kurt' (in his screen debut) kicks Elvis' shins.

Notes

Location scenes filmed at the Century 21 Exposition. Working title: Take Me to the Fair.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States April 1963

Released in United States on Video December 6, 1988

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1963

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1963

Released in United States April 1963

Released in United States on Video December 6, 1988