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Writers (WGA):
Jay Dratler (story) and
Earl Felton (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Russell ... Linda Rollins

Victor Mature ... Lt. Dave Andrews

Vincent Price ... Lloyd Rollins

Hoagy Carmichael ... Happy

Brad Dexter ... Tom Hubler

Gordon Oliver ... Mr. Drucker

Jay C. Flippen ... Capt. H.A. Harris

Will Wright ... Mike Fogarty
Bill Welsh ... Mr. Martin

Ray Montgomery ... Desk Clerk
Colleen Miller ... Mary

Robert J. Wilke ... Clayton (as Robert Wilke)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Waitress (uncredited)
Philip Ahlm ... Man (uncredited)
Ralph Alley ... Dealer (uncredited)
Suzanne Ames ... Guest (uncredited)
Annabelle Applegate ... Guest (uncredited)
Bette Arlen ... Woman (uncredited)
Mary Bayless ... Woman (uncredited)

Brooks Benedict ... Stickman Dealer (uncredited)
Helen Blizard ... Change Girl (uncredited)
Carolyn Block ... Change Girl (uncredited)
Harry Brooks ... Bartender (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Woman (uncredited)
Connie Castle ... Guest (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Allan Witwer (uncredited)
Jeane Cochran ... Woman (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Stickman (uncredited)
Jean Corbett ... Woman (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Man (uncredited)
Charles Cross ... Dealer (uncredited)
Howard Darbeen ... Stickman (uncredited)
Mary Darby ... Woman (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Stickman (uncredited)
Anne Dore ... Guest (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Waitress (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Stickman (uncredited)
John Frederick ... Gus (uncredited)

Paul Frees ... District Attorney (uncredited)
Barbara Freking ... Woman (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Stickman (uncredited)
Ben Harris ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Oliver Hartwell ... Redcap (uncredited)

George Hoagland ... Man (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Man (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Casino Bartender (uncredited)

Milton Kibbee ... Coroner (uncredited)

Mona Knox ... Change Girl (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Casino Observer (uncredited)
Forrest Lederer ... Dealer (uncredited)

Sylvia Lewis ... Guest (uncredited)
Virginia Linden ... Guest (uncredited)
Jimmy Long ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Evelyn Lovequist ... Woman (uncredited)
Joan Mallory ... Waitress (uncredited)
Chester Marshall ... Bill (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Blackjack Gambler at the Last Chance (uncredited)
Bob Milton ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Carole Morton ... Woman (uncredited)

Diana Mumby ... Woman (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Bartender (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Joyce Niven ... Guest (uncredited)
Betty Onge ... Change Girl (uncredited)

Mitchell Rhein ... Dealer (uncredited)
Mavis Russell ... Blonde in Casino (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Henry - Bartender (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Matty - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Hazel Shaw ... Woman (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... Dealer (uncredited)

Michael St. Angel ... Mitch - Deputy (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ... Man (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Shirley Tegge ... Guest (uncredited)
Barbara Thatcher ... Woman (uncredited)
Beverly Thomas ... Woman (uncredited)

Ray Walker ... Mary's Father (uncredited)
Midge Ware ... Chief Money Changer (uncredited)

Chili Williams ... Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
Writing credits
Jay Dratler (story)

Earl Felton (screenplay) and
Harry Essex (screenplay)

Paul Jarrico  screenplay (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... executive producer
Robert Sparks .... producer
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson 
George C. Shrader  (as George Shrader)
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Feild M. Gray  (as Feild Gray)
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
John Sturtevant (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Howard Greer (gowns)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound (as Earl Wolcott)
Special Effects by
Harold E. Wellman .... special effects (as Harold Wellman)
Fred Carson .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunt double: Victor Mature (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Howard Hughes .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1952) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15262)
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Did You Know?

The helicopter Andrews uses for the chase is a Bell 47G. It was the first helicopter certified for civilian use. Introduced in 1946, it was built until 1974 and over 5,600 of all variants were made. The military version was known as the H-13 Sioux.See more »
Continuity: When Linda goes to see the Last Chance, where she used to sing, she starts out riding in one cab and then is shown arriving in a different cab. Note the first has the word "Plymouth" above the grill and no number above the windshield.See more »
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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The Monkey SongSee more »


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Vegas Hits The Movies, 25 June 2016
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Tepid love story except for the exciting chase climax. Seems Mature and Russell had a marriage-bound romance in Las Vegas before they were separated by the war. Now Russell's visiting Vegas with her wheeler-dealer husband Price. Meanwhile, Mature has become a lieutenant on the Vegas police force. So what's going to happen when the former lovers meet as they must, especially when a valuable necklace disappears and a casino murder complicate things.

The movie promotes Vegas's strip at a time when the town was emerging as a gambling-vacation center. The following year, 1953, Sinatra would reinvent his career by connecting the Nevada town with glamorous Hollywood entertainers. And the rest, as they say, is history. Anyway, I expect this flick was one of the first to bring the strip to small town America.

And who better to draw in movie audiences than two of Hollywood's most physical specimens, the broad-shouldered Mature and the buxom Russell, though her attributes are downplayed here. At the time, Mature was an established star, while Russell's career was beginning to take off, especially with the following year's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

I doubt, however, that this rather bland narrative advanced either career. Coming from Howard Hughes' RKO and his well-known fascination with Vegas, I imagine contract player Russell had little choice. Anyway, the wryly entertaining Hoagy Carmichael injects some atmosphere, along with a slicked up Robert Wilke in a departure from his usual thuggish roles. Too bad, however, that we don't see more of the great Vincent Price who injects both spirit and style into the proceedings. Nonetheless, catch that swooping copter chase that I'm sure thrilled audiences of the time and still does.

All in all, it looks like the movie was built around Hughes's sharp eye for Vegas's emerging glitz. At the same time, the two leads furnish audience come-ons. Too bad the story itself comes across more like a pedestrian after-thought.

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