Elvis Presley has his hands full in his 13th movie as Mike Windgren, a former trapeze artist (until an accident which killed his brother) turned Lifeguard and would-be cliff diver who is attempting to simultaneously cure his acrophobia and win the hand of aloof Margarita Dauphine (Ursula Andress) – whose daddy, Maximillian, (Paul Lukas) is a displaced duke reduced to working as a hotel chef.
Added to the mix are pint-sized impresario Raoul Almeido (Larry Domasin) who is hoping to break our hero as a lounge act, inevitable swarthy romantic rival Moreno (Alejandro Rey), and sultry lady bullfighter Dolores Gomez (Elsa Cardenas). There’s no particular reason for her being a lady bullfighter other than it gives Elvis a chance to sing The Bullfighter Was a Lady.
Fun in Acapulco was Teri Garr’s first film. She appears as a dancer but does not have any lines. She would appear in three more Presley films as a dancer (as well as in several other productions) before ever uttering a line onscreen.
The film features a particularly peppy production number of Bossa Nova Baby which features probably Presley’s best dance moves of the decade.
Although the movie is set in Acapulco, Elvis never set a foot anywhere near the place. He was actually was barred from entering Mexico as he had been declared as “persona non grata” by the Mexican government.