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Director  Norman Taurog
Initial DVD release  August 3, 2004
Country  United States
6.1/10 IMDb

4.5/5 Amazon

Genre  Comedy, Musical, Romance
Language  English
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Release date  April 3, 1963 (1963-04-03) (USA)
Writer  Si Rose, Seaman Jacobs
Songs  Beyond The Bend
Cast  Elvis Presley (Mike Edwards), Joan O'Brien (Diane Warren), Gary Lockwood (Danny Burke), Vicky Tiu (Sue-Lin), H.M. Wynant (Vince Bradley), Edith Atwater (Miss Steuben)
Similar movies  Interstellar, Blackhat, Independence Day, Self/less, Knight and Day, Saving Private Ryan
Tagline  Swinging higher than the space needle with the gals and the songs at the famous Worlds Fair!

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It Happened at the World's Fair is a 1963 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a cropdusting pilot. It was filmed in Seattle, Washington, site of the Century 21 Exposition, the 1962 World's Fair. The governor of Washington at the time, Albert Rosellini, suggested the setting to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer executives. The film made $2.25 million at the box office.


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Pilot Mike Edwards finds himself in a dilemma, his partner and friend Danny, gambles away the money Mike had set aside to pay their debts. Since they lost their money and a $1,200 debt, the local sheriff takes possession of their plane, Bessie, a Boeing-Stearman Model 75 cropduster. If they cannot come up with the money in twelve days, Bessie will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

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Mike and Danny become reluctant hitchhikers, looking for a lift to anywhere. They are picked up by apple farmer Walter Ling and his niece Sue-Lin. They end up in Seattle, Washington, location of the 1962 World's Fair. When the uncle is called away on business, Danny persuades Mike to take Sue-Lin to tour the local World's Fair. It is during a visit to the doctor at the fair that Mike falls for Diane Warren, an attractive but stubborn nurse who resists Mike's advances. He gives a quarter to a boy (a very young Kurt Russell) who kicks him in the shin, so that he can be treated by her. Diane's supervisor then convinces her to give Mike a ride back to his apartment, convinced his leg is injured. Mike and Diane dine at the top of the fair's Space Needle. However, he also courts Dorothy Johnson.

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Complications then arise. Walter inexplicably fails to come back the next day to get Sue-Lin, leaving her with Mike. Sue-Lin feigns illness so that nurse Diane will come to their apartment and examine her and see Mike again. When Diane discovers that Mike has no kinship to Sue-Lin, she wants to inform the Welfare Board so that Sue-Lin can be removed from Mike and Danny's apartment. There is a mysterious nightfall plane delivery for Mike's and Danny's friend Vince, who is smuggling valuable furs. The film ends with Mike and Diane in love.


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  • Elvis Presley as Mike Edwards, cropduster pilot
  • Joan O'Brien as Diane Warren, World's Fair nurse and eventual love interest of Edwards
  • Gary Lockwood as Danny Burke, Mike's gambling-addicted business partner
  • Vicky Tiu as Sue-Lin, a young girl befriended by Mike. Tiu later grew up to be the first lady of Hawaii when she married Governor Ben Cayetano
  • Yvonne Craig as Dorothy Johnson, a love interest of Mike's
  • H. M. Wynant as Vince Bradley, Danny's crooked associate
  • Kam Tong as Walter Ling, Sue-Lin's uncle
  • Edith Atwater as Miss Steuben
  • Guy Raymond as Barney Thatcher
  • Dorothy Green as Miss Ettinger
  • Kurt Russell as Shin Kicker (uncredited)
  • Sandra Giles as Lily (uncredited)
  • Red West as Fred (uncredited)
  • Joe Esposito as Carnival Man (uncredited)
  • Production

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    The Seattle Center, including the Seattle Center Monorail and the Space Needle, serve as backdrops for several scenes in the film. Security officers pursue Presley and the girl through the fountains at what is now the Pacific Science Center. The hitchhiking scene with Elvis and Gary Lockwood was filmed near Camarillo, California, as were some of the flying scenes. The entire hitchhiking scene to the point where they are both picked up by Kam Tong and Vicky Tiu Cayetano in the truck is easily recognizable as 5th Street near Pleasant Valley Road on the South side of Camarillo. While The Elvis Encyclopedia believes that the Wilburton Trestle was shown in the movie, further evidence points to a different location. It is actually a trestle over the White River between Enumclaw and Buckley, now demolished. The view in the movie was taken at the intersection of Mud Mountain Road and Highway 410, looking southeasterly. Mount Rainier is visible in the background, which isn't seen at that angle from the Wilburton Trestle. The Wilburton Trestle is actually bigger than the White River Trestle, at six sections high. The trestle pictured in the movie is only four sections high at the road crossing.

    Home media

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    The film was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on August 7, 2007 as a Region 1 Widescreen DVD.


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