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Viva Las Vegas

Directed by George Sidney. US. 1964. NR. 85 minutes. Warner. 35mm.
Sun., July 26, 2015
July 26, 2015
2:00 pm

What better way to unwind on a summertime afternoon than to watch two of the most charismatic musical stars of the early 60s, Elvis Presley and the lovely Ann-Margret, as they sing, dance and swing their way through one of The Kings most popular song- fests? The story is a simple one, with Elvis as a race-car driver about to compete in Nevadas Grand Prix, but having to work as a waiter in a casino, where he meets and romances his alluring co-star. Filled with top level songs, including the title tune, and even a cover of Ray Charless Whatd I Say, this is Elvis at his best, directed by George Sidney, one of MGMs top musical directors (Kiss Me Kate, Bye Bye Birdie) and matched step-for- step by one of his most worthy and energetic co-stars. (Watch, especially, their teamwork on the great number Come On, Everybody!) (Bill Roth)