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VIVA LAS VEGAS

For Hicksflicks.com, June 28, 2013

"Viva Las Vegas" (1964) — showing Friday night (June 28) in Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden —was Elvis Presley's biggest moneymaker during his Hollywood career, which spanned 31 films over 13 years (from "Love Me Tender" to "Change of Habit").

Presley made a lot of bad movies, along with a handful that are pretty good. This one resides somewhere in the lower tier of his better work, but it stands out thanks to the crackling chemistry he has with co-star Ann-Margret. A talky picture, which isn't clever enough to sustain all the talk, it benefits from the rousing singing and dancing sequences, and it must be noted that the title tune has become a pop-culture reference all by itself, and it can still get your toes tapping.

It's also interesting that this was the first film in which Presley played a racecar driver, which would also be his occupation in the later films "Spinout" and "Speedway."

If you haven't been to Ogden's Egyptian Theater lately, treat yourself. This is moviegoing like the old days — a mammoth, comfortable, ornate auditorium, with a huge screen and fine sound system.

And you'll have two chances to see "Viva Las Vegas," at 7 and 8:30 p.m.