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The Only Game in Town (1970)

M  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 January 1970 (USA)
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Fran walks into a piano bar for pizza. She comes back home with Joe, the piano player. Joe plans on winning $5,000 and leave Las Vegas. Fran waits for something else. Meanwhile, he moves in with her.



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Complete credited cast:
Fran Walker
Joe Grady
Charles Braswell ...
Hank Henry ...
Olga Valéry ...
Hooker (as Olga Valery)


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 alfiehitchie

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Dice was his vice. Men hers.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

21 January 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juego de amor y deseo  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$1,500,000 (USA)

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Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frank Sinatra was originally cast as Joe Grady but dropped out due to concert commitments according to Kine Weekly 16/11/1968 He was replaced by Warren Beatty. See also Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). See more »


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 »


Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »


But Not for Me
Music by George Gershwin
Played by Joe at the piano
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some kind of redemption...
14 December 2000 | by (columbus, ohio) – See all my reviews

...can now be held for the latter part of Elizabeth Taylors career. After The Taming of the Shrew(1967) it all seemed to go down hill. Check out any post Shrew movies and you will see what I mean. Here, in The Only Game, in Town Beatty and Taylor are jaded and cynical workers and lovers trying to escape Vegas, but both have their problems. Beatty is a compulsive gambler and Taylor is a cold fish unable to communicate love for fear of abandonment. It's a subtle love story and comedy that has some pretty good moments even though it runs a little slow. Don't expect anything amazing but its worth a look.

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