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 vitality, and charismatic
expertise. They are a high-voltage wow collectively.
|Elvis Presley& Ann-Margret’s chemistry was pink sizzling in 1964’s “Viva Las Vegas.”|
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 facet. Aspect hustles, as the children
say right this moment. Ann-Margret is Rusty Martin, a kids’s swimming teacher who simply
occurs to sing and dance as properly. 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 method 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
lovely because the kitten with the whiplash hair! And for many 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 synthetic ‘60s Ann-Margret intrudes. It is
nice enjoyable to observe 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 merely beautiful right here as Rusty Martin in “Viva Las Vegas.”|
|…in scenes like this, Ann-Margret appears like Jiffy-Pop!|
The padding is usually
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 characteristic
|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 the most effective of them, the place Elvis
sings and gyrates, as Ann-Margret whips herself into a horny frenzy. Within the
background is Teri Garr in a black and white gown for “That is What I Say.” And
the woman “with the pink gown on” is Toni Basil. The three music medley is a
mashup of excessive vitality enjoyable.
|That is Teri Garr in B&W on the left, wanting reasonably glum all through this quantity!|
After that, it is so much
of slapstick, and A-M going from her most interesting to comically caterwauling
by way of a few numbers. Ann-Margret was considered one of many feminine stars promoted
as the subsequent Marilyn, after Monroe’s latest loss of life. Her “Appreciation”
quantity is a weak take off on some earlier MM numbers, notably of a nasty MM
quantity, “Specialization” from Let’s
Make Love. The shellacked, synthetic A-M in these scenes was thought-about
subtle. Most definitely this got here from director George Sidney, who was
enamored/obsessive about A-M, once they made three movies collectively. It was mentioned
that Colonel Tom Parker needed to remind Sidney that this was an Elvis film. Notice the finale, the place
Elvis and A-M share a cut up display collectively to sing the title tune, and one
wonders if even Presley was uninterested in vying for the display with A-M.
|Ann-Margret in ruffles and a fall; Cesare Danova, sporting Tony Polar’s
“Valley of the Dolls” nightclub act swimsuit?
Elvis Presley is at
his mid-movie profession finest: 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
could have been Presley’s introduction to Las Vegas, the place Elvis can be a prime 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 observe and for Ann-Margret’s
Rusty. Since A-M’s arduous 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 traditional, however is a tasty trifle.
Simply take pleasure in these nice stars of their prime, some enjoyable music and dances, and
nostalgic Las Vegas surroundings—overlook the remainder!
my take a look at considered one of Elvis Presley’s finest, Loving
|Love this candid shot of Ann-Margret & Elvis Presley on set of “Viva Las Vegas.”|