Every August, my favorite network, Turner Classic Movies, celebrates Summer Under the Stars. Each day in August is devoted to a different star. 24 hours of films. Sunday, August 16th they turn the spotlight on Elvis Presley.
For Classic Las Vegas lovers that means only one thing: VIVA LAS VEGAS! Elvis and Ann-Margaret meet cute and fall in love all under the bright neon lights of Las Vegas in 1964. If you aren't going to be awake at 3:00 am, then set your TIVO to record it. You won't be disappointed.
Much of the film was shot on location and there are terrific shots of places like the original Convention Center that aren't there any more. Also, some great footage of the Riviera and other hotels and their pools. It helps that Ann-Margaret plays Rusty, a swim instructor. Look for Nicky Blair in a supporting role. His restaurant used to be on Paradise near the Convention Center.
Best of all, there is footage of the Mint Hotel with it's beautiful neon wave. Which we'll be talking about more tomorrow!
In the meantime, do yourself a favor, watch or TIVO "Viva Las Vegas", you won't be disappointed.
Here is a link to the rest of the Summer Under the Stars schedule. If you haven't checked it out, please do so:
Tomorrow: Big news on our upcoming Mid-Century Modern Tour!