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Elvis Presley Movies

It Happened at the World's Fair

In It Happened at the World’s Fair, a musical comedy filmed against the backdrop of the 1963 Seattle World’s Fair, Elvis Presley’s character, Mike Edwards, and partner Danny Burke, portrayed by Gary Lockwood, hitchhike to Seattle to find work. The two desperately need money to reclaim their airplane, on which the sheriff has attached a lien. They hitch a ride with a Chinese farmer and his seven-year-old niece, Sue-Lin, played by talented Vicky Tiu.

When business unexpectedly occupies the uncle, Mike takes Sue-Lin on a tour of the World’s Fair, where he meets and falls for nurse Diane Warren, portrayed by Joan O’Brien. When Sue-Lin’s uncle fails to return, Mike takes responsibility for the little girl. Mike’s situation goes from bad to worse when Child Welfare takes Sue-Lin away and Danny inadvertently becomes involved with a smuggling operation. Mike, Danny, and law officials eventually subdue the smugglers. The film ends happily when Sue-Lin finds her uncle and Mike and Diane find each other.

Behind the Scenes of It Happened at the World’s Fair

The transformation of Elvis from rock ‘n’ roller to handsome leading man that had begun after Elvis’ discharge from the Army was complete by World’s Fair. The change was indicated by the clothes Elvis wore for the film. Newspapers and news magazines ran articles about the specific attire designed for Elvis for the film, but fanzines constructed stories indicating that Elvis had completely changed his mode of dress, both on-screen and off.

Sy Devore, a leading Hollywood tailor, was given the job of dressing Elvis for the film. He designed a series of conservative suits and ties to make Elvis "look like a smart, well-dressed young businessman," according to producer Ted Richmond. Devore had to be especially careful about the trousers because Elvis supposedly wore no underwear during this period. The wardrobe, consisting of ten suits, four sports jackets, 30 shirts, 15 pairs of slacks, two cashmere coats, and 55 ties, cost about $10,000.

Cast of It Happened at the World's Fair
Mike Edwards Elvis Presley
Diane Warren
Joan O’Brien
Danny Burke
Gary Lockwood
Vicky Tiu
Vince Bradley
H.M. Wynant
Miss Steuben
Edith Atwater
Barney Thatcher
Guy Raymond
Miss Ettinger
Dorothy Green
Walter Ling
Kam Tong
Dorothy Johnson
Yvonne Craig
Sheriff Garland
Russell Thorson
Wilson Wood
Mr. Farr
Robert B. Williams
Henry Johnson
Olan Soule
Emma Johnson
Jacqueline Dewit
John Day
Red West
Sandra Giles
Boy Who Kicks Elvis
Kurt Russell
Carnival Man
Joe Esposito

Songs Featured in It Happened at the World’s Fair

  • Beyond the Bend
  • Relax
  • Take Me to the Fair
  • They Remind Me Too Much of You
  • One Broken Heart for Sale
  • I’m Falling in Love Tonight
  • Cotton Candy Land
  • A World of Our Own
  • How Would You Like To Be
  • Happy Ending

Credits for It Happened at the World’s Fair

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Produced by Ted Richmond
  • Directed by Norman Taurog
  • Screenplay by Si Rose and Seaman Jacobs
  • Photographed in Metrocolor and Panavision by Joseph Ruttenberg
  • Music by Leith Stevens
  • Choreography by Jack Baker
  • Vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires and The Mello Men
  • Released April 10, 1963

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