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Elvis & Ann-Margret Rock ‘Viva Las Vegas’ 1964

Ann-Margret & Elvis Presley are a dynamic duo in 1964’s “Viva Las Vegas.”


Las Vegas
is a enjoyable little bit of fluff, and all of the credit score goes to its
well-paired stars, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. There’s nearly no plot, even
for an Elvis film. But, when the 2 stars banter and bicker, or sing and
dance, you marvel at their youthful magnificence, intercourse enchantment and power, and charismatic
expertise. They are a high-voltage wow collectively. 

Elvis Presley& Ann-Margret’s chemistry was crimson sizzling in 1964’s “Viva Las Vegas.”

Elvis Presley’s
character Fortunate Jackson is so
multi-talented. He is a race automobile driver who additionally sings and performs guitar. He can
fly a helicopter and he is additionally a waiter on the aspect. Facet hustles, as the youngsters
say at present. Ann-Margret is Rusty Martin, a kids’s swimming teacher who simply
occurs to sing and dance as effectively. A “fortunate” coincidence!  A-M’s dancing is so energetic that audiences
can burn energy by simply watching her. Her singing, nevertheless, is a matter of
style. I’m simply not a fan of A-M’s babykins voice with that exaggerated

Elvis’ Fortunate is aware of his manner round a chopper in addition to race automobile in “Viva Las Vegas.”

Elvis is a most dapper
dresser and dons some uncommon fits and mod boots. Ann-Margret is totally
cute because the kitten with the whiplash hair! And for a lot of the film, A-M
is at her ‘60s slinkiest, with smooth outfits that exhibit her determine and a
easy, lengthy wave of hair. It’s solely in later scenes that she is teased,
lacquered, or bewigged, after which the substitute ‘60s Ann-Margret intrudes. It is
nice enjoyable to look at the celebrities rock the 1964 fashions of their superb youth.
There’s nice humor and chemistry between Elvis and A-M, which was a lot famous
on the time.

Ann-Margret appears to be like merely beautiful right here as Rusty Martin in “Viva Las Vegas.”

…in scenes like this, Ann-Margret appears to be like like Jiffy-Pop! 

The padding is generally
tolerable, however the merry chase by way of on line casino showrooms on the lookout for Rusty is a complete
time waster. Fortunate and Rusty’s date day is simply watching the celebrities clowning,
however they make it enjoyable. That Elvis sings “Viva Las Vegas” three
instances in an 85-minute film speaks volumes to the filler on this slight function

The title tune “Viva Las Vegas” is carried out 3 times in lower than 90 minutes!

Presley and A-M’s
numbers collectively are nice enjoyable and the spotlight of the Viva Las Vegas. The midsection has one of the best of them, the place Elvis
sings and gyrates, as Ann-Margret whips herself into an attractive frenzy. Within the
background is Teri Garr in a black and white costume for “That is What I Say.” And
the lady “with the crimson costume on” is Toni Basil. The three track medley is a
mashup of excessive power enjoyable.

That is Teri Garr in B&W on the left, wanting reasonably glum all through this quantity!

After that, it is quite a bit
of slapstick, and A-M going from her most interesting to comically caterwauling
by way of a few numbers. Ann-Margret was certainly one of many feminine stars promoted
as the following Marilyn, after Monroe’s latest dying. Her “Appreciation”
quantity is a weak take off on some earlier MM numbers, significantly of a foul MM
quantity, “Specialization” from Let’s
Make Love
. The shellacked, synthetic A-M in these scenes was thought of
subtle. Most definitely this got here from director George Sidney, who was
enamored/obsessive about A-M, after they made three movies collectively. It was mentioned
that Colonel Tom Parker needed to remind Sidney that this was an Elvis film. Observe the finale, the place
Elvis and A-M share a break up display screen collectively to sing the title tune, and one
wonders if even Presley was uninterested in vying for the display screen with A-M.

Ann-Margret in ruffles and a fall; Cesare Danova, sporting Tony Polar’s
“Valley of the Dolls” nightclub act go well with?

Elvis Presley is at
his mid-movie profession greatest: he sings and appears nice, plus his pure
self-deprecating humor is put to good use within the boy-meets-girl state of affairs. This
might have been Presley’s introduction to Las Vegas, the place Elvis can be a high attraction
within the subsequent decade, as would Ann-Margret.

Elvis Presley’s Fortunate is playing on love in 1964’s “Viva Las Vegas.”

Craggy William Demarest
(My Three Sons) performs A-M’s father,
amusing, since he was 72 on the time to her fresh-faced 23—hey, that’s present
biz! Cesare Danova is Elvis’ rival on the race monitor and for Ann-Margret’s
Rusty. Since A-M’s laborious to get perspective towards Presley’s Fortunate is virtually
non-existent, Danova’s not a lot of a menace.

Director George Sidney shows all of Ann-Margret’s charms in “Viva Las Vegas.”

Viva Las Vegas isn’t any musical basic, however is a tasty trifle.
Simply get pleasure from these nice stars of their prime, some enjoyable track and dances, and
nostalgic Las Vegas surroundings—neglect the remainder!

Right here’s
my have a look at certainly one of Elvis Presley’s greatest, Loving

Love this candid shot of Ann-Margret & Elvis Presley on set of “Viva Las Vegas.”



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