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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.

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Writer:

Steve Fisher
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Cast

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
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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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"They're All Out To Take Vegas...the Hard Way" See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casino de la muerte See more »

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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Miss You So
Written by Marty Malneck
Performed by the Marty Malneck Trio
(Marty Malneck, Eve Marley and Beverly Richards)
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Low-rent 'Grand Motel' set in glorified cowtown of Vegas
5 January 2003 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Going by its title, its year of release, and its cast - Dennis O'Keefe, Colleen Gray, Thomas Gomez, Mary Beth Hughes - you might think Las Vegas Shakedown was a late film noir, but you'd be wrong. It's a sort of Grand Motel set in the early days of the Nevada gambling oasis when it really was The Pastures - a glorified cowtown.

O'Keefe runs the Rancho Something-Or-Other casino, and we know he's on the up-and-up because he testified before the Kefauver Committee on organized crime and sent mobster Gomez to Alcatraz. Gomez, now deranged, is barreling back into town, a couple of aging torpedoes in tow, to kill O'Keefe. Also into O'Keefe's establishment drift Hughes, who gambles away the three grand her husband was planning to open a lunch wagon in Salt Lake City with (she pleads with O'Keefe to give it back to her, but no dice); a straight-laced elderly couple from Nebraska, bank president Charles Winninger and his wife Elizabeth Patterson (Mrs. Trumbull on I Love Lucy); James Millican and Dorothy Patrick, a couple on the cusp of divorce; and a schoolmarmish author (Gray) who wants to research an exposé of Vegas - her last book was called `The Psychology of Science' - but ends up falling for O'Keefe instead. She should have stuck to her writing.

Their various stories are told as stand-alone, unconnected vignettes, and the movie is directed in a flat, uninteresting style by Sidney Salkow. Maybe the most arresting thing about Las Vegas Shakedown is its musical score by Edward J. Kay, mainly because its Big Theme seems strangely familiar - it's the same one he wrote for Decoy, 10 years earlier.


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