Viva Pod Vegas #016 – Viva Las Vegas (1964)
We’ve made it to Elvis’s “big movie” (biggest ever? biggest so far? who can say?!), as he teams up with Ann-Margret for our namesake, Viva Las Vegas! After opening the mailbag (and finding more kindred Elvis spirits), we talk about the disorienting ADR in this movie, explore more bad taglines, and officially enter “the Ann-Margret era.” (This lasts exactly one film.) We find out how Col. Tom Parker rears his ugly head once again, talk about the heavy “Toretto vibes” in this movie, and try to make sense of Ann-Margret’s dancing style. We reflect back on Fun in Acapulco, wonder if we’ve uncovered a unifying Elvis character theory, and break down the inconsistent music reality of Viva Las Vegas. We talk about the movie forgetting (then remembering in the last moments) how it’s about a racecar driver. We make our guesses for Roustabout, then peek ahead to see how far off we were.
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