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It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)




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This Elvis Presley vehicle is close to a lemon, even for his die-hard fans. Elvis is Mike Edwards, a pilot of a small plane who has a faithful sidekick, Danny (Gary Lockewood), and a penchant for singing. The story, such as it is, takes place in-between a total of ten different songs, the most memorable being "One Broken Heart for Sale". Mike is tough on the outside but he is willing to take up a good cause when he finds Sue Lin (Vicky Tiu) temporarily abandoned at the Seattle Worlds Fair. Aside from Sue Lin, he also finds an attractive nurse who is not abandoned but might still need attention.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Musical & Performing Arts
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Elvis Presley
as Mike Edwards
Joan O'Brien
as Diane Warren
Gary Lockwood
as Danny Burke
Vicky Tiu
as Sue-Lin
H.M. Wynant
as Vince
Edith Atwater
as Miss Steuben
Guy Raymond
as Barney Thatcher
Dorothy Green
as Miss Ettinger
Kam Tong
as Walter Ling
Yvonne Craig
as Dorothy Johnson
Jacqueline de Wit
as Emma Johnson
Linda Humble
as Redhead
John Indrisano
as Poker Player
Troy Melton
as Poker Player
Olan Soule
as Henry Johnson
Russell Thorson
as Sheriff Garland
Red West
as Fred
Wilson Wood
as Mechanic
Kurt Russell
as Boy Who Kicks Elvis
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Critic Reviews for It Happened at the World's Fair

All Critics (6)

...It's probably expecting too much to call It Happened at the World's Fair uninspired...

Full Review… | February 20, 2010
Film Freak Central

For die-hard Elvis fans and for lovers of flicks that are set at a World's Fair.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Typical Presley vehicle that's no better than the others, but not much worse either.

September 4, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A bizarre little film, strictly for Elvis completists.

Full Review… | July 26, 2004
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for It Happened at the World's Fair


Okay, this movie is overly long for the small amount of plot it has, the romance is dopey and there's a lot of musical numbers with a child but here's the struggle-- Elvis looks SMOKING hot in this movie. Like ohmygod. His suits are PERFECTLY tailored, and when he's not in a fly ass suit he's in fly ass flyboy aviator jacket and a scarf. *fans self* Like Elvis has some SERIOUS game in this film, wow.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

Typical 1960s Elvis musical though has some cute songs and cute moments, especially Elvis's interaction with Vicky Tiu (her only movie and future first lady of Hawaii). One thing to add: Elvis shows a knack not only for acting with little kids (Vicky Tiu and a young Kurt Russell, yes Kurt Russell) but also comedy: his interaction with Joan O'Brien while injured is spot-on comedic acting.

John Cochran
John Cochran

I'm not a big Elvis Presley but I enjoy some of his music. I saw this at my Grandparents' house (huge Elvis fans there) and this one was quite enjoyable. Toe-tapping tunes and cute tender moments. I guess this is what we expect from Elvis' films. The film is about Mike Edwards, a cropduster pilot whose plane gets be repossessed. He then goes to the World's Fair where he believes he can get money. Then some dude drops some Asian girl in his care. He takes her to the fair and they have fun. He takes her to the nurse there and he begins to hit on her. The funny part of the film is how Mike keeps going to the fair so he can more chances to score. Thats the plot in a nutshell. So its got cute moments and some good songs. The little girl was funny as well. I'm pretty sure the inspiration for Lilo in "Lilo and Stitch" came from here. But its quite forgettable. If you like Elvis, give it a go. If not, I don't. Its an okay film. "How would I like to kick you in the shin?"

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