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Movies: “Fun in Acapulco”

Nov. 27, 1963 - Opening today is “Fun in Acapulco,” a musical comedy from Paramount starring Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress (left). In the film, Presley sings the song “Bossa Nova Baby.” Mike Windgren (Presley) works on a boat in Acapulco. When Janie Harkins (Teri Hope), the bratty daughter of the boat owner, gets him fired, Mike must find new work. A Mexican boy named Raoul (Larry Domasin) helps him get a job as a lifeguard and singer at a local hotel. Clashes abound when Mike runs into a rival lifeguard who is the champion diver of Mexico. Exterior filming in Acapulco took place in January. A stunt double was used for Presley, whose own shots were later completed in March at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles. Presley was unable to travel to Mexico as he had been declared “persona non grata” by local authorities following two violent riots at the Las Americas cinema in Mexico City, during the openings of his previous films “King Creole” in 1959, and “G.I. Blues” in 1961.

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