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Elvis Presley Movies

Fun in Acapulco

Elvis in Fun in Acapulco
Elvis Presley on set during the
filming of Fun in Acapulco.

In Fun in Acapulco, Elvis Presley stars as Mike Windgren, another version of his musical comedy persona: a former circus performer trying to escape his past. Mike’s circus career ended when he caused his partner to be seriously injured during their trapeze act. Traumatized by the accident, Mike has developed a fear of heights. At the beginning of the film, he finds himself in Acapulco, where he hires on as lifeguard at a resort hotel. In the evenings, he entertains the guests by singing.

Mike becomes involved with two exotic women -- hotel social director Marguerita Dauphin, played by Ursula Andress, and lady bullfighter Dolores Gomez, played by Elsa Cardenas. Mike soon finds himself in competition with another hotel lifeguard, who every night performs a death-defying jump off the ocean cliffs near the hotel. This rival uncovers Mike’s past and tricks him into jumping off the cliffs. Ultimately, Mike’s decision to jump helps him overcome his fears. He decides to spend his life with Marguerita.

Behind the Scenes of Fun in Acapulco

In much of the publicity generated during Elvis’s Hollywood career, the press noted that the singer performed many of his own stunts. In Fun in Acapulco, Elvis chose to participate in a few stunts that the producers considered risky. In the opening scene, Elvis’s character is performing as an aerialist in a circus. The scene called for the character to swing from a high trapeze without a net, 20 feet above the circus floor, and accidentally miss his partner, who plummets to the floor. Every precaution was taken to provide safeguards for Elvis out of camera range, but producer Hal Wallis was still nervous because his star insisted on doing the stunt himself. As a precaution, the studio scheduled the stunt to be performed during the last days of production, when all of Elvis’s other scenes had already been filmed. Elvis, who was in top physical condition, performed the stunt without incident. One stunt that Elvis did not do was the thrilling 136-foot dive off the cliffs at La Quebrada, Mexico.

Cast of Fun in Acapulco
Mike Windgren Elvis Presley
Marguerita Dauphin Ursula Andress
Dolores Gomez
Elsa Cardenas
Maximilian DauphinPaul Lukas
Raoul Almeido
Larry Domasin
Alejandro Rey
Jose Garcia
Robert Carricart
Janie Harkins
Teri Hope
Mariachi Los Vaqueros Themselves
Mariachi AguilaThemselves
Dr. John Stevers
Howard McNear
Mr. Ramirez
Alberto Morin
Mrs. Stevers
Mary Treen
Mr. Perez
Salvador Baguez
Mr. Delgado
Edward Colmans
Mr. Harkins
Charles Evans
Mike Deanda
Manager of Tropicana
Martin Garralaga
Tom Hernandez
Poolside Guest
Red West

Songs Featured in Fun in Acapulco

  • Fun in Acapulco
  • Vino, Dinero, y Amor
  • I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here
  • Mexico
  • El Toro
  • Marguerita
  • The Bullfighter Was a Lady
  • (There’s) No Room to Rhumba in a Sports Car
  • Bossa Nova Baby
  • You Can’t Say No in Acapulco
  • Guadalajara

Credits for Fun in Acapulco

  • Paramount Pictures
  • Produced by Hal B. Wallis
  • Directed by Richard Thorpe
  • Screenplay by Allan Weiss
  • Photographed in Technicolor by Daniel L. Fapp
  • Music by Joseph J. Lilley
  • Musical accompaniment by The Jordanaires
  • Choreography by Charles O’Curran
  • Released November 27, 1963

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