Elvis by the Elva Maserati with Ol Yeller 2 #70 in the background this is from Viva Las Vegas
Also appearing in Viva Las Vegas was Ol Yeller 2. I owned it at the time and Max Balchowsky got it in the movie for me. I paid $2,500 to John Brophy for the car. This was in 1963.
I made around $4,500 for the movie. I gave Max around $800 of the proceeds for watching over the car and getting it in the movie for me.
They wanted to wreck it in the movie and would have paid me $5,000 to total it. I didn't want it wrecked and told Max to tell them no.
This was an MGM movie and Colonel Tom Parker had nothing to do with how much was spent on the race car part. That was called the second unit. That meant the action scenes.
The first unit was the acting and singing part. The Colonel only could say how much Elvis was to get for his part in the movie.
By the way he was no Colonel and his name wasn't really Tom Parker it was Andreas Cornelis Van Kuijk and he was Dutch. The Colonel did get Elvis a very good pay day for Viva Las Vegas. It was $750,000 and 40% of the profits. How much of that Elvis ever saw was questionable.
Edited by Jerry Entin, 13 December 2018 - 00:36.