Happy 50th Anniversary to Elvis' Legendary "Viva Las Vegas"

May 20, 2014

Elvis' smash-hit movie co-starring Ann-Margret celebrates its 50th anniversary today! On May 20, 1964, "Viva Las Vegas" premiered reaching #14 at the box office. By the end of 1964, the move climbed to #11, outranking The Beatles “A Hard Day's Night” and becoming Elvis' highest grossing film ever. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Warner Bros. will be releasing "Viva Las Vegas" as a Premium Blu-ray Digibook which will include rare behind-the-scene photos. This release will be available beginning August 12, 2014.

In what has now become the unofficial anthem of Sin City, Elvis shares the screen with Ann-Margret, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on film. He plays Lucky Jackson, a Grand Prix race driver working at a casino to raise cash for a new engine. She’s a hotel swimming instructor and the romantic action revs up beginning with their first meeting. George Sidney, who also directed Ann-Margret in Bye Bye Birdie, combines the hormonal heat wave with fascinating sights of ’60s Las Vegas. David Winters (West Side Story) choreographed the 10 musical song-and-dance scenes which also featured his dancers. Songs include the high-roller title track, the stars’ duet on “The Lady Loves Me,” Ann-Margret's sultry “Appreciation” and Elvis' version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.”

The upcoming "Viva Las Vegas" 50th Anniversary Premium Digibook from Warner Bros. features:
- Commentary by Steve Pond, rock journalist and author of “Elvis in Hollywood”
- Featurette Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas
- Theatrical trailer
- Soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo

"Viva Las Vegas" Movie Trailer


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