Fun in Acapulco (1963)

100 mins | Comedy-drama | 27 November 1963

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writer:

Allan Weiss

Producer:

Hal B. Wallis

Cinematographer:

Daniel L. Fapp

Production Designers:

Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler

Production Company:

Hal Wallis Productions
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HISTORY

Fun in Acapulco was announced as an upcoming Elvis Presley picture in the 24 Dec 1962 LAT. Filming began shortly after, on 28 Jan 1963, according to a 1 Feb 1963 DV production chart.
       Items in the 25 Feb 1963 and 5 Mar 1963 DV listed Howard McNear, Edward Colmans, and Luis de León as cast members, and the 13 Mar 1963 DV stated that John Del Valle would serve as unit publicist.
       The film was selected as Seventeen magazine’s “Picture of the Month” for its Oct 1963 issue, as noted in a 26 Sep 1963 DV news item. It opened on 27 Nov 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, and was scheduled to be released in 500 theaters in “28 key exchange areas” around the same time, according to the 30 Oct 1963 Var.
       The 4 Dec 1963 Var noted that a soundtrack was scheduled to be released by RCA Victor in Dec 1963. After sixteen weeks on Var’s “Album Bestsellers” chart, the 1 Apr 1964 Var listed the album in thirty-sixth position. ... More Less

Fun in Acapulco was announced as an upcoming Elvis Presley picture in the 24 Dec 1962 LAT. Filming began shortly after, on 28 Jan 1963, according to a 1 Feb 1963 DV production chart.
       Items in the 25 Feb 1963 and 5 Mar 1963 DV listed Howard McNear, Edward Colmans, and Luis de León as cast members, and the 13 Mar 1963 DV stated that John Del Valle would serve as unit publicist.
       The film was selected as Seventeen magazine’s “Picture of the Month” for its Oct 1963 issue, as noted in a 26 Sep 1963 DV news item. It opened on 27 Nov 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, and was scheduled to be released in 500 theaters in “28 key exchange areas” around the same time, according to the 30 Oct 1963 Var.
       The 4 Dec 1963 Var noted that a soundtrack was scheduled to be released by RCA Victor in Dec 1963. After sixteen weeks on Var’s “Album Bestsellers” chart, the 1 Apr 1964 Var listed the album in thirty-sixth position.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Jan 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
1 Feb 1963
p. 18.
Daily Variety
6 Feb 1963
p. 14.
Daily Variety
25 Feb 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
5 Mar 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
13 Mar 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
26 Sep 1963
p. 10.
Daily Variety
20 Nov 1963
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
24 Dec 1962
Section C, p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
24 Nov 1963
Section B, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
29 Nov 1963
Section C, p. 29.
New York Times
20 Feb 1964
p. 22.
Variety
30 Oct 1963
p. 16.
Variety
4 Dec 1963
p. 42.
Variety
1 Apr 1964
p. 68.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Hal Wallis Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
Col consultant
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus scored & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Mus numbers staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Tech adv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Fun in Acapulco," words and music by Sid Wayne and Ben Weisman
"Vino Dinero y Amor," "Mexico" and "The Bullfighter Was a Lady," words and music by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett
"El Toro," words and music by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
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SONGS
"Fun in Acapulco," words and music by Sid Wayne and Ben Weisman
"Vino Dinero y Amor," "Mexico" and "The Bullfighter Was a Lady," words and music by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett
"El Toro," words and music by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye
"Marguerita," words and music by Don Robertson
"(There's) No Room To Rhumba (In a Sports Car)," words and music by Fred Wise and Dick Manning
"I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," words and music by Hal Blair and Don Robertson
"Bossa Nova Baby," words and music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
"You Can't Say No in Acapulco," words and music by Dee Fuller, Lee Morris and Sid Feller
"Guadalajara, " words and music by Pepe Guizar
all songs sung by Elvis Presley, The Jordanaires and The Four Amigos.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
27 November 1963
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 27 November 1963
New York opening: 19 February 1964
Production Date:
began 28 January 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Hal Wallis
Copyright Date:
15 November 1963
Copyright Number:
LP26588
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
100
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mike Windgren arrives in Acapulco as a sailor on a yacht. When he loses his position, Raoul, a shoeshine boy who has heard him sing, becomes his manager and gets him a job as both a fill-in singer for the temperamental featured performer at the Hilton Hotel and as siesta-time fill-in for Moreno, lifeguard at the hotel pool. Moreno also makes the 136-foot dive every evening from La Quebrada for the entertainment of spectators. Mike becomes involved with Dolores, a woman bullfighter, and Maggie, the hotel's assistant social director. Moreno is infatuated with Maggie and becomes jealous of Mike. Raoul obtains additional singing engagements for Mike in other Acapulco clubs, where he is well received. Moreno learns that Mike has been a trapezist in an American circus but developed a fear of heights after an accident cost the life of his partner. The two men fight, and Moreno is injured just enough to prevent his dive at La Quebrada that night. Conquering his fear, Mike substitutes for Moreno and makes a perfect dive. With Maggie and Raoul he plans to return to his circus act in the ... +


Mike Windgren arrives in Acapulco as a sailor on a yacht. When he loses his position, Raoul, a shoeshine boy who has heard him sing, becomes his manager and gets him a job as both a fill-in singer for the temperamental featured performer at the Hilton Hotel and as siesta-time fill-in for Moreno, lifeguard at the hotel pool. Moreno also makes the 136-foot dive every evening from La Quebrada for the entertainment of spectators. Mike becomes involved with Dolores, a woman bullfighter, and Maggie, the hotel's assistant social director. Moreno is infatuated with Maggie and becomes jealous of Mike. Raoul obtains additional singing engagements for Mike in other Acapulco clubs, where he is well received. Moreno learns that Mike has been a trapezist in an American circus but developed a fear of heights after an accident cost the life of his partner. The two men fight, and Moreno is injured just enough to prevent his dive at La Quebrada that night. Conquering his fear, Mike substitutes for Moreno and makes a perfect dive. With Maggie and Raoul he plans to return to his circus act in the U.S. +

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