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The Las Vegas Story (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 18 August 1952 (Sweden)
The arrival in Las Vegas of a businessman and his glamorous wife creates a complex web of murder and deceit.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Jay Dratler (story), Earl Felton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Bill Welsh ... Mr. Martin
Ray Montgomery ... Desk Clerk
Colleen Miller Colleen Miller ... Mary
Robert J. Wilke ... Clayton (as Robert Wilke)
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Storyline

Investment broker Lloyd Rollins, insisting to his wife Linda that they stop at Las Vegas on their trip from Boston, begins to gamble heavily. Linda visits the Last Chance, a casino where she used to sing, and where she meets police lieutenant Dave Andrews, with whom she had a brief affair some years earlier. Insurance investigator Tom Hubler soon arrives to keep an eye on Linda's valuable necklace for his company, unaware that Rollins hocked the necklace with Clayton, owner of the Last Chance. Lt. Andrews, rebuffed by Linda, learns that Clayton has been murdered. He deduces the killer's identity and begins a deadly chase when he learns the killer has taken Linda hostage and fled into the desert. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Hear Jane and Hoagy sing! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Spielhölle von Las Vegas See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Paul Jarrico had his name taken off the movie credits by RKO studio boss Howard Hughes because Jarrico was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, investigating Communist activities in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

I Get Along Without You Very Well
Music and Lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Jane Russell (uncredited)
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Vic and Jane sparkle
22 June 2006 | by BrendanOMaidianSee all my reviews

The historical aspects of this flick are fascinating. Mature is head-on one of the screens all-time great performers, and his deadpan expressions prove that an actor need not try to act, just be oneself. This movie was shot three years after he got his haircut from Delilah, and it shows the versatility of this guy with one of Hollywood's most ethnic faces. Jane Russell is smashing as the co-star here, and her close-ups have never been more telling as to her true beauty without zooming in on her bra; and like Mature, she too, is superb just non acting and being herself. Their kissing scenes come off quite authentically, too. Vince Price is perfect as the no-good gambling hubby, and Brad Dexter provides a top-notch lecher role. Hoagy is Hoagy as Hoagy always is in these adventure tales, playing his piano and weaving through the plot. A perfect escape movie.


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