Viva Las Vegas (1964)

GEORGE SIDNEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1964.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by George Stoll.  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

One of ‘s most famous films that spawned the theme song that would come to symbolize the bright city of tacky lights. He plays a race car driver who dreams of winning big on the track while at the same time wooing a show girl (Ann-Margret) who is torn between him and a rival (). Danova is also a competitor behind the wheel and yet the two manage to be friendly while fighting over all the most important things. Naturally, it is solved in a singing competition; even more naturally, it’s one of the worst pieces of filmmaking of its period (the plot makes Blue Hawaii seem like Casablanca). Presley’s immense talents as singer are always worth checking out, though, and it is no wonder the film has lasted, while Ann-Margret is at her most impossibly fetching.

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