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The Las Vegas Story (1952)

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The Las Vegas visit of singer Linda Rollins and her shady businessman husband leads to murder, and the cop on the case is Linda's old flame.

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Linda Rollins
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Lt. Dave Andrews
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Lloyd Rollins
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Happy
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Tom Hubler
Gordon Oliver ...
Mr. Drucker
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Capt. H.A. Harris
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Mike Fogarty
Bill Welsh ...
Mr. Martin
Ray Montgomery ...
Desk Clerk
Colleen Miller ...
Mary
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Clayton (as Robert Wilke)
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Investment broker Lloyd Rollins, insisting to his wife Linda that they stop at Las Vegas on their trip from Boston, begins to gamble heavily. Linda visits the Last Chance, a casino where she used to sing, and where she meets police lieutenant Dave Andrews, with whom she had a brief affair some years earlier. Insurance investigator Tom Hubler soon arrives to keep an eye on Linda's valuable necklace for his company, unaware that Rollins hocked the necklace with Clayton, owner of the Last Chance. Lt. Andrews, rebuffed by Linda, learns that Clayton has been murdered. He deduces the killer's identity and begins a deadly chase when he learns the killer has taken Linda hostage and fled into the desert. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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30 January 1952 (USA)  »

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Die Spielhölle von Las Vegas  »

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The night before the Las Vegas premier of "The Las Vegas Story," Jane and her husband, Robert Waterfield, got into a fight in which he slugged her in the face several times. The next morning, Jane's face was swollen and black and blue. RKO executives didn't want to cancel the premier and Jane appeared at the festivities with a severely swollen and bruised face. A story was given to the press that the intense windstorm the night before slammed an open car door into her face. Despite the believable story, a Newsweek magazine blurb hinted at the actual truth. See more »

Quotes

Mary: I guess it would be only fair if you were to kiss Bill.
Linda Rollins: If I kissed Bill there wouldn't be anything fair about it.
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Soundtracks

The Monkey Song
Written by Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Hoagy Carmichael
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Vic and Jane sparkle
22 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The historical aspects of this flick are fascinating. Mature is head-on one of the screens all-time great performers, and his deadpan expressions prove that an actor need not try to act, just be oneself. This movie was shot three years after he got his haircut from Delilah, and it shows the versatility of this guy with one of Hollywood's most ethnic faces. Jane Russell is smashing as the co-star here, and her close-ups have never been more telling as to her true beauty without zooming in on her bra; and like Mature, she too, is superb just non acting and being herself. Their kissing scenes come off quite authentically, too. Vince Price is perfect as the no-good gambling hubby, and Brad Dexter provides a top-notch lecher role. Hoagy is Hoagy as Hoagy always is in these adventure tales, playing his piano and weaving through the plot. A perfect escape movie.


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