Recognized as much for their 14-year off-screen “secret” relationship as their on-screen roles, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret definitely flaunt some chemistry in this performance of “The Lady Loves Me” from the movie “Viva Las Vegas.” The 1964 movie signifies the start of what several whispered was a fantastic – if undercover – Hollywood love story.
“We both felt a current, an electricity that went straight through us,” Ann-Margaret wrote of her co-star in her 1994 book “Ann-Margret: My Story,” which chronicles not just her professional life in the films, but also her relationships. This includes the relationship she shared with Presley until his 1977 death. “It would become a force we couldn’t control,” she wrote.
The song boasts stunning vocals by both stars. It comes with a scene of Presley in hot pursuit of his on-screen love interest, whom he follows all around a Las Vegas swimming pool, while the actress plays hard-to-get in several swimsuits.
Even though the film premiered at the height of Beatlemainia, “Viva Las Vegas” made a lot more than the British quartet’s 1964 release “A Hard Day’s Night.” “Viva Las Vegas” made $4.67 million, as opposed to the Beatles’ feature film debut, which only made $515,000. Both movies were released for summer audiences during that year.