It Happened At The World’s Fair

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Mike and Danny hitch a ride to the World’s Fair in Seattle after the sheriff seizes their crop duster biplane to cover Danny’s gambling debts. Mike looks after the driver’s 7 y.o. niece at the fair, where he meets a cute nurse.

ACTORS :  Elvis Presley, Joan O’Brien, Gary Lockwood

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1963

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It Happened At The World’s Fair Mike and Danny fly a crop duster, but because of Danny’s gambling debts, a local sheriff seizes it. Trying to earn money, they hitch-hike to the World’s Fair in Seattle. While Danny tries to earn money playing poker, Mike takes care of a small girl, Sue-Lin, whose Uncle Walter has disappeared. Being a ladies’ man, he also finds the time to court a young nurse, Diane.

It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) ***

It Happened At The World’s Fair For me, this is one of Elvis’ more enjoyable early-’60s “formula” films, partly because at this point it was still early enough that Presley still seemed to pretty much have his heart in it and is not yet bored by it all. He’s an out-of-work pilot named Mike Edwards who finds himself saddled with babysitting a sweet little girl (Vicki Tui – very cute and a fine little actress) at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair when her dad drops her off and then disappears. While seeing the sights, Elvis makes the acquaintance of a lovely nurse whom he keeps trying to snare, and this necessitates a hilarious and oft-cited scene with a very young Kurt Russell as a kid at the fair who agrees to kick Elvis hard in the shin for a quarter; it’s a short sequence but it’s a lot of fun, and quite ironic since Russell would wind up playing Presely himself in a 1977 TV movie. This one’s got laughs, romance, and also some of the best trademark Elvis fist-fighting (it’s amazing to me that he would be allowed to do his own stunts in these movies where he could easily have gotten injured). Oh yeah — and there are more songs — quite a few of them, actually — but only “One Broken Heart For Sale” was of moderate interest for me.

Enjoyable Elvis caper with great archive footage

 
I like this film. It has everything for a relaxed, stress-free Sunday afternoon entertainment. Elvis Presley, lots of gloriously silly early sixties fluff and footage from the 1962 Seattle World fair. It has nostalgic moments too, like Kurt Russell’s famous kick-on-the-shin to Elvis. I only wish there was a bit more footage of the Fair attractions, like the Bubbleator. Perhaps MGM will bear this in mind when they bring out the DVD.

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