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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Because Elizabeth Taylor wanted to be near husband Richard Burton, who was at the time filming Staircase (1969) in Europe, she demanded this film, with its Las Vegas setting, be filmed in Paris, France. The studio agreed, thereby increasing the budget considerably as detailed American streetscapes, casinos, apartments and supermarkets had to be recreated in Paris. In the end (after 86 days shooting in Paris) the company had to move to the real Las Vegas anyway for ten additional days of intensive shooting. 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 Code Name: Raw-Hide (1972) See more »


Blue Moon
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played by Joe at the piano
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Taylor and Beatty miscast in a "one-act" love story, bogged down by it's sixties-style, leaden melodramatics.
3 June 2003 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

Frank Gilroy's play brought to the screen by the great George Stevens; sadly, his last film. The maudlin characterizations by Liz and Warren just don't cut it, simply because they seem far too old and worldly to be victimized by the circumstances set forth for them. Old-fashioned in the worse way. Maurice Jarre provides one of his best scores, though.

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