“Viva Las Vegas” Turns 50


Graceland is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Elvis Presley’s most popular films. “Viva Las Vegas” was released on May 20, 1964, at the height of Beatlemania, competing with “A Hard Day’s Night” for teen dollars. The sizzling on-screen chemistry between Elvis and Ann Margret must have worked because the movie went on to reach number 14 at the box office and was named one of the “Top 20 Movie Box Office Hits of 1964.”

On display at Graceland is the iconic red shirt Elvis wore during the talent show scenes in which he sings the title song.

photo by elvis.com

3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38116
Phone: +1 901-332-3322

Elvis and Ann-Margret recorded a duet called “You’re the Boss” but it was dropped from the film. No footage exists of their musical tête-à-tête but the song has since been released.


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