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FROM THE VAULT . . . 57 YEARS AGO
Viva Las Vegas
a film by George Sidney
USA, 85 mins.
The iconic 1964 American musical starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. Elvis fans and film critics say it is one of Elvis’ all-time best films. The ten musical song and dance scenes are alive with the on-screen chemistry between Elvis and Ann-Margret. Lucky Jackson (Elvis) goes to Las Vegas to participate in the city's first annual Grand Prix Race. However, his race car, an Elva Mark VI Maserati, is in need of a new engine in order to compete in the event. Lucky raises the necessary money in Las Vegas, but he loses it when he is shoved into the pool by the hotel's nubile swimming instructor, Rusty Martin (Ann-Margret). Lucky then has to work as a waiter at the hotel to replace the lost money to pay his hotel bill, as well as enter the hotel's talent contest in hopes of winning a cash prize sizable enough to pay for his car's engine. In the meantime, he tries to win the affections of Rusty.