Da’King Lives! :: The Most Inflammable Combination Since Little Boys with Matches… (June, 1964)





Race car driver Lucky Jackson has a need for speed in almost everything he does, and, while trying to win the bank-roll he needs to compete in the Las Vegas Grand Prix at the craps table, our boy meets his match in a fiery redhead, whose purring engine and swiveling hips stops the gob-smacked troubadour dead in his tracks and sets them both on a collision course for romance (– both on screen and off.) Seriously, watching Elvis and Ann-Margret on screen is like watching two pieces of flint sparking off each other; a volatile concoction of ramming-speed kinetics that dares you to keep up and is a total blast to watch.

Video courtesy of JeffMiguel.

This post was part of Da’King Lives, which originated back in January of 2010, to help celebrate the King of Rock-n-Roll’s 75th birthday and throw a spotlight on his fine, fractured forays into feature film.

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of Viva Las Vegas at 3B Theater.

Poster campaign for Viva Las Vegas at the Archive.

Viva Las Vegas (1964) Jack Cummings Productions :: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: Jack Cummings, George Sidney/ D: George Sidney / W: Sally Benson / C: Joseph Biroc / E: John McSweeney / M: George Stoll / S: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, William Demarest, Nicky Blair, Cesare Danova

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