A shock gives "Sach" Jones the ability to visualize numbers before they come up and he and the other Bowery Boys, "Slip" Mahoney, Chuck and Myron, head for Las Vegas to win some money for their landlady. There, "Sach" wins a fortune at roulette, which convinces crooks Tony Murlock, Sam, and Oggy that he has a system. Using Carol LaRue as bait, they try to get his system and failing, they frame him on a phony-murder charge to blackmail him. Written by
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The forty-first and final Bowery Boys film to feature Leo Gorcey as he's walk from the series after this entry due to a dispute with the studio as well as fighting his own personal demons after the death of his father Bernard who played Louis in the series. In the film Sach (Huntz Hall) gets electrocuted and begins to see numbers in his head. After winning a trip to Las Vegas Slip (Gorcey) decides to use his dumb friend to make a killing but a couple small-time hoods find out about his talents and kidnap him. CRASHING LAS VEGAS is far from the disaster that its reputation would have you believe but at the same time there's no question that the series was running out of gas. It seems this movie is best remembered for the antics of Leo Gorcey, which apparently had him constantly drunk throughout the making of the flick and apparently he destroyed several props and sets. I'm not sure how much of this leaked over into people judging his performance here but many reviews state that it's obvious he's drunk and I really wouldn't say that. There's a sequence towards the end where his foot is up on a bed while he's questioning Hall and he's shaking during this period but outside of this he really didn't act any different from previous films (where he was drinking as well). At times his eyes are obviously bloating but again, you can see this in previous films. In his final appearance he certainly doesn't have enough energy to carry the picture but he is a step up from the previous film. Hall is also apparently bored and he doesn't add any life to the picture either. None of the supporting players are all that memorable and this includes Doris Kemper who is obviously filling in for Bernard Gorcey. CRASHING LAS VEGAS really doesn't feel like a Bowery Boys picture for several reason. One, of course, is the fact that Bernard and his sweet shop aren't here. Another is that director Yarbrough is obviously not too interested in anything going on and the constant long shots really make you feel apart from the film. There's a game show sequence early in the film that isn't too badly done but at the same time it feels as if it belongs in a different film. There's a prison sequence that contains a couple laughs but that's pretty much it. CRASHING LAS VEGAS said goodbye to Gorcey and while it's not a good film to go out on you can at least respect that he did make it to forty-one films, which isn't something very many actors could do.
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