While waiting in vain for her married lover to get a divorce, Fran Walker, a lonely chorus girl approaching middle age, falls for Joe Grady, a frustrated musician and compulsive gambler who dreams of escaping Las Vegas for fame and fortune in New York City. Written by
When Fran gets off work at Desert Inn at beginning of film, her walk home makes no geographical sense. She is strolling past hotels, chapels and casinos miles apart and in completely opposite directions. See more »
It's unimaginable that George Stevens, the distinguished director that gave us "Swing Time", "Shane", "Giant", among others, could have agreed to be associated with this dud! I vaguely remember the Frank D. Gilroy's play, in which this movie is based, as a not too interesting night in the theater. Well, with the help of the author, the film was made under Mr. Stevens direction, and the results are there for anyone to judge! The worst thing in the film is the running time! At 113 minutes, it's way too long. The two principals are so miscast that it pains the viewer to watch them go through the motions feigning to love one another when probably the stars ended up hating each other for the duration of the shoot that took almost three months to be completed.
Elizabeth Taylor was into one of her fatty periods while doing this movie. One only sees her in unflattering costumes that don't do anything for her. Those shmattes make her even look older and heavier, but Liz must have thought she was making a fashion statement, or who knows what went through her mind? Warren Beatty is seen in the film as though he were under the influence. His take on Joe Grady, as directed, seems the kind of man that would be a turn off for Fran. After all, she was having a thing with a rich man who kept her in some kind of luxury. Mr. Beatty doesn't do anything to get us to like him. He is a loser, and that's that.
Watch this film on a sleepless night. Maybe it'll provoke you to sleep and have great dreams about what this movie is not!
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