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Las Vegas Shakedown (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 May 1955 (USA)
A teacher (Coleen Gray) writing a book about gambling meets a hotel/casino owner (Dennis O'Keefe) threatened by a gangster.


Sidney Salkow


Steve Fisher




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis O'Keefe ... Joe Barnes
Coleen Gray ... Julie Rae
Charles Winninger ... Ernest Raff
Thomas Gomez ... Al 'Gimpy' Sirago
Dorothy Patrick ... Dorothy Reid
Mary Beth Hughes ... Mabel Dooley (as Mary Bethe Hughes)
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mary Raff
James Millican ... Wheeler Reid
Robert Armstrong ... Doc
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Henchman Matty (as Joseph Downing)
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Frank Collins
Mara McAfee Mara McAfee ... Angela
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... Sheriff Charlie Woods
Regina Gleason ... Maxine Miller
Murray Alper ... House Manager


A teacher (Coleen Gray) writing a book about gambling meets a hotel/casino owner (Dennis O'Keefe) threatened by a gangster.

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GAMBLER...Lady Luck played a dirty trick on him...when he pressed her too hard! See more »


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Dopey but kind of fun
13 May 2020 | by meaninglessnameSee all my reviews

As we all know, Las Vegas casino owners, especially in the 1950s, were straight-shooting public benefactors protected by incorruptible local law enforcement. In this film, casino owner Dennis O'Keefe is threatened by three out-of-town hoods with the brilliant scheme of forcing him at gunpoint to sign a contract turning his casino over to them. Sounds like an airtight plan but you'll be glad to know virtue triumphs in the end.

Colleen Gray, as a repressed high school math teacher from Oakland, or something like that (it's a bit unclear), has the brilliant idea of coming to Las Vegas to write a book with the shocking revelation that tourists at the casinos lose money. Naturally it's love at first sight when she and O'Keefe meet and she changes her mission to protecting him. Why? Despite the protestations of the cops he keeps insisting on facing the crooks single-handed in a couple of unconvincing faceoffs.

Meanwhile there are three subplots about tourist couples, two of which treat compulsive gambling with some seriousness before implausible happy endings. The third, about two hicks from Nebraska, is just flat-out silly.

O'Keefe, after a brutal beating from the thugs, is up and about hours later with nary a scratch. Thomas Gomez, as the chief thug, cutely nicknamed Gimp, has a bum leg, but in the climactic obligatory chase scene races up ladders and leaps off rooftops.

Despite the many flaws, fast-paced, some amusing scenes and dialogue, and quaint reminders of the era when Vegas was basically still a small town in the middle of the desert. OK as a fun time killer, but don't expect hard-boiled realistic film noir.

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Release Date:

15 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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