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Victor Mature donned shoulder pads under his suit, but Jane Russell did not require anything to appear bigger
Ed-Shullivan20 May 2018
Las Vegas 1952 would have been the place to be so a film starring the beautiful Jane Russell being the affection of not one, not two, but three men made it a place that all men would want to visit. Jane Russell who plays a former Las Vegas lounge singer named Linda Rollins and is currently married to an addictive gambler named Lloyd Rollins (played by Vincent Price) who prefers the crap tables to bedding his gorgeous wife Linda.

Linda would prefer to avoid Las Vegas all together since her past memories have her in the arms of a recent army veteran named Dave Andrews (Victor Mature) who she abruptly left Las Vegas apparently never to see him again. Now Dave Matthews is a Lieutenant with the Las Vegas police department and when Linda's expensive but insured diamond necklace goes missing and the slimy Fabulous Las Vegas casino owner is found murdered, it is up to Lieutenant Dave Matthews to find the killer and he has a couple of suspects in mind which include his former lover Linda Rollins and her husband Lloyd.

I chuckled when I saw Victor Mature with his overly exaggerated broad shoulders (nothing that hidden shoulder pads under his suit jacket couldn't assist with) meeting his former lover the now unhappily married Linda Rollins. There is an insurance investigator named Tom Hubler (Brad Dexter) also trailing the Rollins couple to ensure her very expensive diamond necklace stays safe but needless to say it vanishes under mysterious circumstances and the Fabulous casino owner is murdered on the floor of his own casino.

The film was novel for its time having the early Las Vegas strip as the backdrop, the gorgeous lounge singer Jane Russell with her piano playing Hoagy Carmichael having one or two numbers to shine, an insurance investigator, a lieutenant of the Las Vegas police department and what film would not be complete without a despicable addicted gambler like Vincent Price?

It is a decent crime/drama/romance film which holds up pretty well for being 66 years old.
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It just doesn't get any better
bobby-8510 August 1999
Sadly, we learn today of the passing of Victor Mature.

And while not receiving critical acclaim, The Las Vegas Story stands in my memory as an all-time favorite.

Victor Mature, when coupled with Jane Russell make the screen absolutely 'sizzle'. And who could ever forget the lovable Hoagy Carmichael?

But few have seen it. And even film historians when discussing Victor Mature's work rarely even mention it. However, I became hopelessly enthralled with this picture in the 50's and in a curious way, it still 'does it' for me today. The Las Vegas Story was and and remains my personal "Casablanca".
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My Resistance Is Low
bkoganbing7 August 2007
Substitute Victor Mature for the part that Robert Mitchum normally played in these RKO films of the Fifties and you've got The Las Vegas Story. Wonder what Mitch was doing at this time?

Nothing terribly groundbreaking in this film. Jane Russell and Vincent Price arrive back in Las Vegas where Jane used to be a singer when she was a single gal. Also working there is ex-boyfriend Victor Mature now with the Clark County Sheriff.

When casino owner Robert J. Wilke turns up dead, there's a host of suspects out there. Jane's diamond necklace also is missing which is seen quite reasonably as a motive as Price said it was in the hotel safe.

Things pretty much go as they normally do in these noir films, some good action sequences a nice car chase through an atomic bomb testing site in the end.

What sets The Las Vegas Story apart is the presence of that old music master Hoagy Carmichael. ANY film he either appears in and/or writes some songs for is a cut above average just for that. He and Russell end the film singing his Academy Award nominated song My Resistance Is Low.

So will your's be once exposed to the talents of Hoagy Carmichael.
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Vic and Jane sparkle
BrendanOMaidian22 June 2006
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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A good suspense movie
Elizabeth-32827 May 1999
This is a pretty good movie. Vincent Price and Jane Russell are great together, real screen magic. There is also a great character performance by Hoagy Carmicheal as the piano player Happy. This movie can be a little long and tedious at some parts, but the "chase" scene at the end is great! Therefore, I give this movie an 8/10.
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A Mixed Bag With Something For Everyone
seymourblack-19 March 2017
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Although it's ostensibly a murder mystery, "The Las Vegas Story", with its romantic sub-plot, musical interludes and action-packed finale looks more like a movie that was conceived as a "piece of entertainment" with something for everyone. This impression is reinforced by its rather breezy atmosphere which, at times, seems at odds with what's happening on-screen. If it was indeed designed to appeal to a mass audience, it clearly failed because it didn't turn out to be a commercial success but the finished product is undeniably entertaining, primarily because of its all-star cast and Hoagy Carmichael's songs.

Ex-nightclub singer Linda Rollins (Jane Russell) reluctantly returns to Las Vegas at the insistence of her wealthy husband Lloyd (Vincent Price). He wants to spend a few days at the desert resort and after seeing a telegram from his Boston business associate, Monte, Linda quickly realises that Lloyd is being pressed by the trustees of his company to return some money to the business and it looks as if he's planning to do so by winning big at one of the city's casinos. To this end, Lloyd gets Linda to flaunt her $150,000 necklace at "The Fabulous" casino but the manager is still only prepared to offer him $10,000 credit.

Linda's discomfort at returning to her hometown is obvious and after Lloyd encourages her to go ahead and get her past out of her system, she visits "The Last Chance" where she used to work and reminisces briefly about singing with the establishment's pianist, Happy (Hoagy Carmichael) and regularly being watched by a soldier who always sat at the same table. Her romance with the soldier , Dave Andrews (Victor Mature) had ended when he was posted abroad. She's pleased when she meets Happy again and as they play one of their old numbers together, Dave, who's now a local police detective walks in and is less than happy to see the woman who he still carries a torch for but who had also ended their relationship so cruelly.

After Lloyd uses up all his credit at "The Fabulous" and is asked to leave, he uses Linda's necklace as security to get further credit at "The Last Chance" with the agreement of its owner Mr Clayton (Robert J Wilke). Lloyd's further gambling sessions only lead to more losses and Clayton refusing to extend him any more credit. Things then get worse for Lloyd on the following day when Clayton's dead body is discovered and he becomes the prime suspect.

Robert Stevenson's direction is notable for its intelligent use of locations in Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert and also for the skill with which the action sequences are staged. Some of the stunts involved are surprisingly good for a movie of this vintage. A scene in which a helicopter flies through a hangar and another in which Victor Mature is seen jumping to the ground from a great height are particularly impressive and well-shot.

Stevenson also contributes to the movie's overall characteristic of exploiting Jane Russell's presence to the full by drawing attention to her looks and physique at every possible opportunity. Examples of this are when she's filmed taking a shower, when she stands in a swimsuit on a diving board (with the word "Fabulous" emblazoned on a sign close to her) and in the ways in which various other scenes are set up. An example of how the script is used for the same purpose arrives early in the action when Linda is recognised on arrival in Vegas by an old acquaintance. When he mentions that he never forgets a face, Lloyd responds by saying that the guy obviously has no eye for figure.

Vincent Price always excelled in roles in which he acted as a rogue and his performance in this movie is no exception. Victor Mature and Jane Russell also do well and Hoagy Carmichael's contributions, both as an affable character and for the quality of a couple of his songs ("I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "My Resistance Is Low"), adds a great deal of enjoyment and charm to the whole proceedings.
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Some eccentric talents in average form..
Nazi_Fighter_David14 June 2001
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"The Las Vegas Story" unhappily teams Jane Russell with a 'beautiful hunk of man' (Victor Mature) in a poor romantic-triangle crime story, unfortified by the Nevada gambling capital backdrop...

The plot is about a former café singer Jane who has been wed to a New York investment broker (Vincent Price). Jane - with a shady past - is unwilling to stop at Las Vegas, because years before, when she had been a singer at the downtown Last Chance Club, she fell in love with Mature of the U.S. Air Force who went overseas without asking her to wed him... So she married Price in a state of hasty emotional reaction...

It is not long before Price has accumulated a huge gambling debt, and he is later accused of stealing his wife's $50,000 diamond necklace to pawn and get back the eventual insurance equivalent... None other than local police officer Mature comes to Price's opportune rescue, making it easily seen that he still loves Jane... When she is kidnapped by Bradford Dexter, the actual guilty person, Mature becomes crazy and chases Dexter across the desert via a helicopter...

The sleazy picture ends with Price turning out to be wanted back in New York on embezzlement and grand theft charges, which leaves Jane free to remain in Vegas, to take back her old singing job, divorce Price, and revive her old relationship with Mature...

In the course of the picture Jane sung 'I Get Along without You Very Well' and 'My Resistance Is Low.' Much more effective as musical-interlude relief from the tedious plot is Hoagy Carmichael's number, 'The Monkey Song.'
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Viva Las Vegas.
morrison-dylan-fan25 December 2016
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Reading posts on IMDb's Film Noir board,I found an excellent review for a Noir whose title sounded familiar.Checking my TV recordings,I found that it had recently aired in a double bill of rare Jane Russell movies, (the other being the easy-going Adventure flick Underwater!) which led to decided it was time to splash out in Vegas.

The plot:

Since walking out on Las Vegas, Linda Rollins has kept her back turned on ever looking back at the past. Secretly struggling with gambling debt,Linda's husband Lloyd takes a roll of the dice and takes Linda to Vegas to make some quick cash. Unknown to Lloyd,Linda's ex Dave Andrews has stayed in Vegas since going to war wondering where everything went wrong in his marriage. Treating his wife to a glistering necklace,Lloyd bets everything with the necklace,and loses it all (with casino owner Clayton not wiling give him a second chance.) Getting a call the next day,Andrews (who is now a cop) discovers that Clyton has been killed,and an expensive necklace has gone missing.

View on the film:

Gliding back to Vegas, Jane Russell (who looks very glamorous in the lavish dresses) gives her Femme Fatale Linda an elegant,playful edge,which becomes fully revealed in songs smoothly performed by Russell,who clouds Linda with an unease about being reunited with her past. Dressed to impress,Russell strips off Linda's glitz to unveil a wonderfully sharp,off the cuff manner, flared up by Russell getting Linda to hit Lloyd and Andrews with barb one-liners delivered by Russell with a spiky relish. A perfect match for Linda/Russell, Vincent Price gives a deliciously wicked performance as Lloyd,whose sharp exchanges with Linda, Price twist and turns into a mix of comedic and Film Noir menace.

Caught between the couple, Victor Mature gives a firm, stoic performance as Andrews,but struggles to find breathing room between Russell and Price.Sliding like Flubber from live-action Disney flicks to Film Noir,director Robert Stevenson & cinematographer peel open the haunted Vegas past of Linda in stylish overlapping images that roll a ghostly atmosphere into the casino. Focusing on "the beautiful people" Stevenson still finds spots to dig into the dirt of Andrews unfulfilled romance,driven by great crane/helicopter shots looking down with Andrews at the Noir pit of Vegas.

Introducing the Rollins as a couple,the screenplay by Paul Jarrico/Harry Essex/Earl Felton and Jay Dratler pulls the burnt veins of their Film Noir relationship out on the Vegas strip,spanning sour exchanges tangled in Lloyd's gambling debt and Linda's loveless relationship to Lloyd. Attempting to make Andrews and Linda an alluring Noir couple,the writers push Lloyd to the side lines in order to bring the bond between Andrews and Linda into the present,but tear the main Noir root due to Andrews lacking the Noir sparks of Lloyd,as the Vegas house wins on Film Noir.
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She sings, she scowls, she sneers...
moonspinner5519 March 2010
Jane Russell's performance in "The Las Vegas Story" couldn't really be classified as acting since most of what she does here is react in a series of carefully posed close-ups. Still, when she relaxes a bit at the piano or offers to help an injured pilot, she's much more than just a sultry glamorous-puss--she's actually human. Russell's a former Vegas chanteuse who returns to her old digs after a stint in Palm Springs and a marriage to gambling-addict Vincent Price; she crosses paths again with ex-flame Victor Mature, now a police lieutenant, yet doesn't bat an eyelash when her hubby is eventually jailed on suspicion of murder. Despite the juicy-fruit dialogue and would-be hard-boiled atmospherics, this is a pretty simple and silly story, indeed. Price is the only member of the cast who tries creating a character; Mature goes through the motions unhappily while piano-man Hoagy Carmichael and police captain Jay C. Flippen are ridiculously over-the-top (and speaking of ridiculous, Carmichael's solo number "The Monkey Song" has to seen and heard to be believed!). There's not many females prominently featured besides Jane Russell...but that's acceptable. She'd walk all over them anyway. **1/2 from ****
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Vincent Price & Hoagy Carmichael do Las Vegas
RanchoTuVu19 May 2011
Shady business man and compulsive gambler Vincent Price and luscious wife Jane Russell get off the trans-continental train they're on on their way to LA to do some gambling in Las Vegas. They stay at the Fabulous Hotel where Price convinces the management to extend him $100,000 in credit so he can have money to gamble with. The movie has a somewhat interesting back story about Price and a ruined business partner in Boston. As well there is another back story about Russell and Las Vegas detective Victor Mature, who seem to have met a while ago when she was a singer at a casino where Hoagy Carmichael is the long time pianist and band leader. He (Carmichael) does a great number about a little over half-way through the film that must be seen. As well, Russell is wearing a super expensive diamond bracelet that is the object of an aggressive insurance investigator. For my money, Price, Carmichael, and the vintage Vegas scenes are the only really compelling reasons to watch, except for a decent chase between a helicopter and a Mercury woody across the desert which leads to an interesting fight in an abandoned military base.
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"Film Noir At It's Best"
Remo-1530 November 1999
If you ever get the chance, don't miss this movie. We've all read about "Dick And Jane". Here is your chance to see "Vic And Jane". This movie is right there with. "Out Of The Past" & "His Kind Of Woman" or "Female On The Beach.

They just "DON"T" make'em like this anymore. What a perfect match up. Kick back with your other half. Lock the door, Order out for some food. Then take the phone "OFF" the hook and enjoy. "OH YEESSSSS"
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pretty good given what Hughes put them through
blanche-211 September 2018
This is a 1952 film, and you can tell we haven't quite left the '40s. Jane Russell plays a former Las Vegas club singer who travels to Vegas with her wealthy. somewhat slimy husband (Vincent Price) - but she has a past with a local police officer (Victor Mature). And you just know what's going to happen.

Russell sings as well, she looks sexy, and does a great job with the snappy dialogue. Hoagy Carmichael is terrific, and the two of them make the movie. There's a huge chase on foot scene at the end that is quite elaborate.

This is a Howard Hughes production; because he interfered so much with the filming, it lost money.
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Liked It
ellenirishellen-6296228 April 2018
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Was pleasantly surprised at this film.Played last night in a tribute to Brad Dexter,an underappreciated actor,who was apparently once married to Ms Peggy Lee.He was good in anything he did.Here,he's an "insurance" muscle man,sent to keep an "eye" on both Vincent Price and a $100,000 dollar insured diamond necklace worn by Ms Russell.She meets up with former boyfriend and cop Victor Mature while hubby Price decides to gamble to recover money to pay up his financial debts.Ms Russell also meets up with former co-workers at a lounge in which she used to sing.In spite of it being a Howard Hughes Production,I liked the film.Some really quality actors,and Price a great semi-villain,Dexter a great pure villain,and sparks from Russell/Mature,a young lovers trying to marry before he's drafted all make for a good story.
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Small Time Crooks
laika-lives22 May 2006
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The title suggests something nearly epic in its scope; a history of the gambling capital of the world, an iconic mix of organised crime and flaking glamour, bright lights and corruption - the 'Casino' of its day. The subsequent film is much more modest - a tale of petty opportunism and every day failure that, frankly, could be set almost anywhere in the world. Whatever Happy's opening voice-over tries to convince us of, this isn't the Las Vegas Story, or the Clark County one. Never mind - 'The Philadelphia Story' and 'The Palm Beach Story' had similarly grandiose titles with almost as little to back them up, although even their stories of marital strife weren't quite as modest as this one.

It's a trifle about a woman with a past, caught between a seemingly solid husband beginning to crack under financial difficulties and a bitter ex who refuses to forgive her for walking out on him. The catalyst for the plot is her diamond necklace, under observation by an insurance agent and desired by the new owner of the bar she used to work in - subtly named 'The Last Chance'. A later Russell film, 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', would inform us that 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' - here, they're her worst enemy, coming between her and all the men in her life. Jewellery was often used as a symbol of women's superficial allure and grasping nature in good old misogynistic Hollywood, but here it's the men who care about the ice. Russell suffers their loss with no great complaint.

For the most part, 'The Las Vegas Story' is no great shakes. Victor Mature gives a real teak-and-leather performance as the male lead; he looks a little like Jerry Orbach, but he has all the charisma of a side of sweaty beef, and hangs like a dead weight in all the scenes he's in, particularly those with Jane Russell. We can understand why she left him - he's an unappealing prospect. There's no real Vegas atmosphere to the film - although the hotel bathroom set is wonderful in its tacky opulence. Most of the direction is perfunctory, and the script isn't sharp enough - it clearly aspires to hard-boiled banter but doesn't give the actors anything to work with, and a subplot about underage newlyweds is truly trite, an example of Old Hollywood storytelling at its worst. Despite the script, Vincent Price is pretty good, segueing from cheerful husband to cold, desperate gambler effortlessly, but he seems to get lost halfway through the film.

Shining out amongst all this mediocrity is Jane Russell, probably the most wasted film actress of her time. She displayed natural charisma in front of the camera in her very first film, 'The Outlaw', and she visibly grew in confidence as an actress over her next few films, but she never really got to work in great films - with the arguable exception of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'. Here, she's sublime, despite working with third-rate material. Whilst the script leaves Mature somewhat stranded, unable to connect up the various lurches in disposition his character is required to make (he suddenly warms up to Russell again for no explicable reason), Russell handles these unlikely transitions much better, making them seem all of a piece. It's an effortless performance, a demonstration of pure film-star class, but just as in 'His Kind of Woman' she's neglected at the climax, left standing by as the men slug it out.

Fortunately, that climax is the salvation of the film. The preceding hour and ten minutes lack either suspense or the kind of brooding menace the Noirish plot seems to require. Once the fleeing villain drives his car into an abandoned Airforce base, however, the direction picks up considerably. The helicopter/car chase is really well done, with impressive stunt flying as the helicopter flies through an open hangar, Bond-style (it's so good they repeat the trick a minute later). Even better is the final foot chase around the deserted buildings, with brilliantly atmospheric use of the howling wind. Tellingly, this is all achieved wordlessly, and seems to come from some infinitely superior thriller (the purely visual storytelling is reminiscent of Hitchcock). Here, the film actually touches greatness, if only for a few minutes.

The other pleasures are incidental. Like many films of the period, it includes a couple of musical numbers, totally unnecessary but here rather well done (the first, as a piano tune triggers a memory in Russell of her time as a singer, actually has more emotional impact than any of the dialogue scenes). The murder mystery isn't that mysterious, but the solution is pleasingly unconventional (it's the opportunistic robbery that is always disproved early on in other whodunits), and the film wrong-foots the audience by not discounting Russell as a suspect.

Even among the relatively few films that Russell made, this is minor; nevertheless, it does confirm that she was a capable actress, not the inflatable doll some critics would like us to remember her as - and is worth seeing for that reason.
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Great Film Classic
whpratt18 August 2007
Jane Russell, (Linda Rollins),"Outlaw", was very pretty in 1952 and gave an outstanding performance as well as a singing act performed with Hoagy Carmichael (Happy) at the piano. Linda is married to a gambling con-artist named Lloyd Rollins, (Vincent Price) who is hitting rock bottom with large gambling debts and tries for a big break at the Casion's in Las Vegas. However, Victor Mature,(Lt. Dave Andrews) knows Las Vegas and the people behind the scenes who informed him that Lloyd Rollins was in town to start some trouble in the Casion's. Dave Andrews spots Linda Rollins and realizes she was a gal he was in love with and their relationship drifted a part, however, the spark was instantly rekindled when they meet face to face. Russell, Mature and Carmichael make this a very entertaining film with murder and plenty of old time tunes. Enjoy.
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"Samson" & "The Outlaw"
sol-kay22 June 2005
(Minor Spoilers) On their way to L.A from Boston Mr Llyod Rollins, Vincent Price,insists to his wife Linda, Jane Russell,on stopping at Las Vages to relax and play at the dice table in the Fabulous Casino/Hotel. A stock broker/investor Rollins has been embezzling his clients for some time and now needs money desperately to re-pay them or end up behind bars.

Getting $100,000.00 in credit from the Fabulous Casino/Hotel management Rollins blows it all on the crap-table before the night is over. Meanwhile Linda runs into an old flame Dave Andrews, Victor Mature, who she left when he was sent to the Pacifice during WWII.

Dave, to Linda's surprise and regret, is not only living in Vages where she met him when she was a singer at "The Last Chance" casino but he's an officer in the Las Vegas police Dept and in charge of the Vegas Strip where the casinos are located.

Both Linda and Dave are at odds with each others when they first meet. Dave feeling that he was let down by Linda for not coming back to him after the war and Linda a bit taken up by Dave's obsession with her that doesn't seem to have ended now some ten years after they last saw each others. Meanwhile Linda's husband Llyod hocks her $50,000.00 diamond necklace for a measly $10,000.00 to continue gambling; this time in the "Last Chance" casino to it's owner Clyton, Robert J. Wilke. Unknow to both the Rollins' their being tailed by insurance instigator Tom Hubler, Brad Dexter. Who's job it is to make sure that Linda's necklace is safe and sound being that it's insured for $150,000.00 by the company that he works for.

All these stories come together when Clyton is later found murdered at the his place with the casino's daily cash profits missing. The murder of Clyton has Llyod Rollins name all over it with him needing money, which Clyton refused to advance him,to keep on gambling to make up what he already lost plus the money he stole from his investors.

Standard 1950's police/drama thats really uplifted a few notches with an incredible helicopter/car chase in the Navada desert as Dave and the pilot Tobey Riggs corner Clyton's killer in a restricted US Military base; could that have been what later became known as area 51? After the killer shot and wounded Tobey Dave chases him on to an army watchtower where after knocking him down Dave shoots the fugitive as he tries to go for his gun as he falls to his death.

There was a nice little sub-plot in "The Las Vages Story" involving two young would-be newlyweds Bill & Mary, Chester Marshall & Colleen Miller. Mary's dad, Ray Walkers, didn't want them to get married because his daughter was under age and refused to give her his consent. Bill about to be drafted in the Army and Mary having to wait for him to serve out his two years was a mirror image of what happened between Dave and Linda ten years earlier. In this case the ending was a lot more cheerier: Dave talked Mary's father into letting the two lovebirds tie the knot.
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THE LAS VEGAS STORY (Robert Stevenson, 1952) **1/2
Bunuel197627 May 2011
Apart from being another entry in my planned month-long tribute to Vincent Price, this also served as a nod to the recently-departed Jane Russell (as should be the upcoming MACAO from the same year, to be included in my other ongoing retrospective dedicated to Josef von Sternberg). Anyway, this is a minor noir effort: indeed, it is one of the sunnier of its type, in that the narrative unfolds as much by day as it does during the night; besides, for all its intended gloom, there is a healthy vein of humor running through it! It is saved, however, by the RKO production values (the studio, above any other, gave the genre its quintessential look) and the star cast (which also includes Victor Mature, Hoagy Carmichael, Brad Dexter and Jay C. Flippen).

The plot involves Russell's return to the gambling capital of the world after she had spent the war years as a chanteuse there (at a club where Carmichael – who else? – is the typically laidback pianist/observer). In the meantime, she has married wealthy Price but does not know he is close to bankruptcy (before noticing a wire he received reporting the suicide of his Boston colleague)!; another old acquaintance is cop-on-the-beat Mature, bitter at her apparent desertion of him. Needless to say, Russell and Mature ultimately get to rekindle their affair, but the path runs far from smoothly: apart from their own mutual resentment, Price does not look favourably upon his wife's former conquests, while complicating things further is the expensive necklace Price uses as a guarantee in order to try his luck at one of the leading casinos (which is being closely watched by insurance investigator Dexter). Eventually, the new owner of Russell's old haunt is found murdered (after he had denied Price further credit) and the necklace stolen. Of course, Price becomes the key suspect – and Russell accuses Mature of having framed him so as to get back at her! However, it is obvious from the get-go that the real culprit is the wolfish Dexter, and the film climaxes decently with a desert helicopter chase and a shootout in an abandoned hangar. As for Price, he is ready to pay the price {sic} of his own criminal activity back home i.e. embezzlement.

The film is reasonably enjoyable, with most of the expected noir elements intact – including its fair share of hard-boiled dialogue, not to mention having Russell and Carmichael warble a number of songs – but the contrived scripting (by Earl Felton and Harry Essex, who ought to have known better!), cornball attempts at comedy (mainly having to do with Sheriff Flippen betting what Mature's next move will be with respect to both solving the case and sorting out his private life!) and an incongruous sentimental streak (clearly evoking CASABLANCA {1942} in the subplot involving a couple of underage elopers!) prevent the promising mixture from rising to greater heights.
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Surprisingly good for a relatively unheralded work. Russell's dramatic role is also a surprise. Mature is at his best.
moviemorton21 June 2006
Saw this movie om Jane Russell's 85th Birthday (Thanks TCM!) I was impressed by her great performance - I think the first I've seen in a dramatic role. Victor Mature was excellent, too, even if he was playing to type. Hoagy was good, also, but nothing can touch his performance in "Best Days of Our Lives." J.C. Flippen also good in what would become a stereotypical role providing comic relief but not a fop in the style of "Barnie Fife".

Am curious about the scene shot in an abandoned Air Force base. Logic dictates this is Nellis AFB but I doubt it was abandoned in 1952. Does anybody know where this location shoot took place?
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Fun with Vic and Jane
samhill521522 March 2010
I wasn't expecting much here but I must say I was most pleasantly surprised. For me, a film's success is measured by its capacity to keep me interested without going for a break and this one did just that from beginning to end. This isn't great cinema by any stretch of the imagination but it is great fun. I thought both headliners shone in their parts despite other reviewers' finding them wooden. You could feel their heat radiating every time they appeared together. You could see their eyes shooting daggers at each other. There was no denying their passion.

The story isn't the greatest but it's interesting enough and kept the surprises to the end. Quite a bit is thrown into it, drama, romance, murder and more, so it covers quite a few categories. There's some sleaze too, like when the insurance guy leers at Jane Russell's magnificent décolleté. I guess Howard Hughes just couldn't help himself. Yet Ms Russell is such a class act that her physical attributes are just icing on the cake.

There's also some nifty action scenes that I thought played out quite well, especially the desert sequence starting with the helicopter chase scene and ending with the air control tower. The whole thing had the feel of authenticity to it unlike the cgi stuff we're spoon fed today. These were real people working their craft, performing for the audience, and one hopes having fun at it. At least it seemed that way to me.
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Vegas Hits The Movies
dougdoepke25 June 2016
Tepid love story except for the exciting chase climax. Seems Mature and Russell had a marriage-bound romance in Las Vegas before they were separated by the war. Now Russell's visiting Vegas with her wheeler-dealer husband Price. Meanwhile, Mature has become a lieutenant on the Vegas police force. So what's going to happen when the former lovers meet as they must, especially when a valuable necklace disappears and a casino murder complicate things.

The movie promotes Vegas's strip at a time when the town was emerging as a gambling-vacation center. The following year, 1953, Sinatra would reinvent his career by connecting the Nevada town with glamorous Hollywood entertainers. And the rest, as they say, is history. Anyway, I expect this flick was one of the first to bring the strip to small town America.

And who better to draw in movie audiences than two of Hollywood's most physical specimens, the broad-shouldered Mature and the buxom Russell, though her attributes are downplayed here. At the time, Mature was an established star, while Russell's career was beginning to take off, especially with the following year's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

I doubt, however, that this rather bland narrative advanced either career. Coming from Howard Hughes' RKO and his well-known fascination with Vegas, I imagine contract player Russell had little choice. Anyway, the wryly entertaining Hoagy Carmichael injects some atmosphere, along with a slicked up Robert Wilke in a departure from his usual thuggish roles. Too bad, however, that we don't see more of the great Vincent Price who injects both spirit and style into the proceedings. Nonetheless, catch that swooping copter chase that I'm sure thrilled audiences of the time and still does.

All in all, it looks like the movie was built around Hughes's sharp eye for Vegas's emerging glitz. At the same time, the two leads furnish audience come-ons. Too bad the story itself comes across more like a pedestrian after-thought.
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Jane Russell's glamour raises it above the mundane
JamesHitchcock30 March 2012
The title "The Las Vegas Story" might suggest a film recounting the city's history, possibly centred upon the early days of the gaming industry under Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. It is not, however, a movie of that sort, any more than "The Philadelphia Story" deals with the early days of colonial Pennsylvania. It is sometimes classed as a "film noir", although to my mind that term is sometimes overused to describe virtually any crime drama made between 1930 and 1960. Certainly, "The Las Vegas Story" lacks some of the characteristics of classic noir, such as low-key lighting and a sense of moral ambivalence.

A wealthy stockbroker named Lloyd Rollins arrives in Las Vegas to play the tables. Accompanying him is his beautiful, and much younger, wife Linda who used to work as a singer in one of the city's casinos. Linda meets her former boyfriend Dave Andrews, whom she knew before her marriage and who is now working as a local police officer. I won't recount the plot in any more detail as it gets very complicated- something to do with a valuable diamond necklace, an insurance fraud, a suspicious investigator and the murder of a casino owner.

In many ways this is a fairly standard early fifties crime drama with little in terms of its plot that would make it stand out from dozens of others. There are, however, a few features which make the film (just about) worth seeing even today. There is a very good suspense sequence when Dave pursues the villain into the Nevada desert, involving a chase between a helicopter and a car and a cliffhanger in an abandoned military base. Like another viewer, I was reminded by this sequence of the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and wondered if it could have served as an inspiration for the famous "crop-duster" scene in "North by North-West".

The leading man, Victor Mature as Dave, gives a rather static, wooden performance; he tended to be better in historical dramas in which his impressive physique and screen presence made him stand out. Vincent Price, however, is better as Lloyd, a smoothly plausible rogue with a few skeletons in his cupboard, and there is an entertaining cameo from Hoagy Carmichael, better known as a songwriter and musician, as Happy, the eccentric pianist in the casino bar. (The name Happy is presumably an ironic nickname, as he has a permanently mournful expression on his face).

The best thing about the film, however, is the presence of the lovely Jane Russell. Jane's time at the top was a relatively short one, which is not surprising given that she was that rare breed, a thirty-something sex symbol. She only made three films while in her twenties, but another sixteen between the ages of 30 and 36, following which she retired from the screen, although she did make occasional comebacks. In the fifties a forty-something sex symbol was evidently regarded as a contradiction in terms, although Joan Collins was to reinvent herself as precisely that in the seventies. (There is an interesting comparison between Jane and her contemporary Veronica Lake; Lake's career was effectively over by 1949, whereas Russell's did really not take off until 1951, even though she was actually the older of the two by eighteen months).

Jane was perhaps not the most technically brilliant actress in Hollywood, but she had a compelling screen presence, and although she may not have made any great films, she made some very watchable and entertaining ones. She also had a very good singing voice, which she puts to good use in this movie, singing among other things the well-known hit "My Resistance Is Low". (Following her temporary retirement from the cinema in 1957, she was to reinvent herself as a Las Vegas nightclub singer, like her character Linda). It is her glamour- by which I mean her charisma and presence as well as her physical attractiveness- which is responsible for raising "The Las Vegas Story" above the level of the mundane. 6/10
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Bland crime picture is made watchable by the gorgeous Jane Russell
a_chinn29 May 2018
Dull crime film is greatly elevated by glamorous the Jane Russell as a former torch singer returning to Las Vegas with her rich husband, a charming Vincent Price, only to encounter her old flame, police detective Victor Mature, who both run afoul Vegas thug Brad Dexter. The film's plot mostly hinges on a murder mystery that's barely interesting. Some of the best scenes are between Russell and her old piano player, Hoagy Carmichael. "The Las Vegas Story" was produced by Howard Hughes at RKO (who famously produced Russell's scandalous western "The Outlaw") and was directed by journeyman director Robert Stevenson, who later directed a number of pictures at Disney including classics like "Mary Poppins" and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" to lesser Disney fare like "The Gnome-Mobile" and "In Search of the Castaways," so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that this film lacked any real creative spark. I was hoping to see lots of period footage of 1950s Vegas, but it's all sets and stock footage, so this film doesn't even offer a vintage travelogue appeal. Besides Russell, Dexter is quite good as the steely eyed villain. I've never understood the appeal of Victor Mature as a lead actor, but he's serviceable in his part. Overall, "The Last Vegas Story" does offer an exciting climax involving a helicopter chasing a car and a shootout at an airport hanger, but other than that, it's all quite bland (outside of the never bland Ms. Russell).
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Another Film going down to the basement of the library
sam_331 October 2001
Saw this film on a boring afternoon. A love triangle story of an investment broker (turned gamble-looser), his wife who is a singer, and her ex-man (a local cop), all of whom tied together in a murder of the casino owner in Las Vegas. An expensive diamond neckless, a gift from the broker to his wife, becomes the key to murder investigation. In fact, the plot does not allow the audience of playing the detective game, as the crime and the culprit is quite bluntly revealed. The love triangle aspect is not original. Performance, dialog, the script, any film would have these elements. So what are we left with? 1. Haugy Carmichael's (as "Happy") witful song and singing! You will certainly enjoy the "Monkey Song". `My Resistance Is Low' sung by Jane Russell likewise will be a treat. 2. There's a car chase scene with a helicopter involved (for some reason). The action and camera work make you realize that Hollywood films haven't changed much. Should we praise the achievement of the past, or mock the unchanging present? You decide. The verdict: this is another film which belongs to the basement of your local library. No, not on the video shelf, on the music corner.
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Viva Jane Russell
wes-connors25 June 2011
Beautiful lounge singer Jane Russell (as Linda) returns to Las Vegas with gambling husband Vincent Price (as Lloyd Rollins), then gets involved with former boyfriend and local lieutenant Victor Mature (as Dave Andrews). Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael (as Happy) has no new hit for the film, but a couple of his oldies are utilized well. The stars seem bored by the script. However, there is some excitement as Ms. Russell is highly arousing in clothing that hugs many curves of her body. She sings "I Get Along Without You Very Well" (1939) and joins Mr. Carmichael for a couple of others. Later on, Carmichael wrote two tunes for Russell to sing in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953).

**** The Las Vegas Story (1/1/52) Robert Stevenson ~ Jane Russell, Victor Mature, Vincent Price, Hoagy Carmichael
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Standard thriller picks up at the climax
Leofwine_draca8 January 2016
THE LAS VEGAS STORY is a typical film noir featuring the usual '50s staples of cops, robbers, fences, gamblers, and the inevitable femme fatale, this time around played by the flame-haired Jane Russell (who I never liked much, but there you go). For much of the running time this is a three-hander between dedicated cop Victor Mature, gambler Vincent Price, and the latter's wife, played by Russell.

The Las Vegas backdrop is a lively one but there's a lot of sub-romance stuff going on which drags the pace down somewhat, and the sub-plot about a pair of teenage lovers is hardly gripping material either. Mature seems to be sleepwalking through his role, although Russell works hard and Price is immediately likable (although I'm spoilt by his horror roles and wished he could have been a bit more, well, macabre).

Things eventually pick up when murder enters the frame, which leads to a breathtaking extended chase climax involving helicopters, high rise stunts, and more besides. If only the rest of the film could have been more like this and less stodgy! The last half hour has all the hallmarks of a superior thriller, so it's a pity that the first hour is a bit dull. It works out average overall.
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