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Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Musical | 9 March 1956 (USA)
In 1950s Las Vegas, a gambling rancher and a ballerina discover that some people have luck at cards while others have luck at love.

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (screen story), Isobel Lennart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Dailey ... Chuck Rodwell
Cyd Charisse ... Maria Corvier
Agnes Moorehead ... Miss Hattie
Lili Darvas Lili Darvas ... Sari Hatvany
Jim Backus ... Tom Culdane
Oskar Karlweis ... Lotzi
Liliane Montevecchi ... Lilli
Cara Williams ... Kelly Donavan
George Chakiris ... Young Groom (as George Kerris)
Betty Lynn ... Young Bride
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Henry Slate - The Slate Brothers
Jack Slate Jack Slate ... Jack Slate - The Slate Brothers
Sid Slate Sid Slate ... Sid Slate - The Slate Brothers
Pete Rugolo Pete Rugolo ... Conductor
John Brascia John Brascia ... Specialty Dancer
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Storyline

Chuck Rodwell is a gambling cowboy who discovers that he's lucky at the roulette wheel if he holds hands with dancer Marie. However, Marie doesn't like to hold hands with him, at least not to begin with... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weekend at Las Vegas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,495,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,217,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,714,000, 31 December 1956
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55: 1
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Trivia

"It's Fun to Be in Love" (music by Nicholas Brodszky, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), performed by Dan Dailey, Betty Lynn and George Chakiris was cut from the film. The song is included on the updated 2006 edition of the 6-CD boxed set "That's Entertainment! The Ultimate Anthology of M-G-M Musicals" released by Rhino/TCM Music (R2 73192). See more »

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When Dan Dailey drives to his ranch he exits his car and opens the drive way gate. He drives into the ranch without closing the gate, but cattle are loose which he drives past and would walk out the open gate to wander off. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Rodwell: Look, baby!
Maria Corvier: Please stop calling me baby or honey or bunny!
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Maria Corvier: I don't want you to!
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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.25 (1955) See more »

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Rehearsal Ballet
Music by Johnny Green
Choreographed by Eugene Loring
Danced by Cyd Charisse and Ensemble
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Las Vegas in the fifties
11 April 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Meet me in Las Vegas" was not one of MGM's most elaborate musicals. As directed by Roy Rowland, this film, seen today, is like a trip down memory lane as it gives the viewer an opportunity to see the way Las Vegas looked back in the days when the film was done. That little town is nowhere to be found in the new Las Vegas, a city that, at best, looks like a theme park today. Isobel Lennart is credited with the screen play.

The story centers around two opposites that are as different as day and night. If we believe that Maria Corvier, a first class ballerina has been asked to appear, in all places, one of the big rooms of a hotel, then everything is possible. That she will find love when she meets the down to earth rancher, Chuck Rodwell, that's stretching it a bit too much. But we are not in a real place, we are in movie land where everything is possible.

As a musical, there are a few good moments, especially the "Frankie and Johnny" ballet, in which Cyd Charisse does a marvelous job. The other fun thing in the film is the way some Hollywood stars are seen in cameo roles that come and go too quickly. Thus we see Frank Sinatra, Peter Lorre, Debbie Reynolds, Tony Martin, Vic Damone in fleeting moments throughout the film.

Dan Dailey plays Chuck with his usual ease. The best thing in the film though, is Cyd Charisse, a lovely dancer, and actress that never got her due in the movies. We also see some familiar faces in minor roles, Agnes Moorehead, Lili Darvas, Jim Backus, Cara Williams, and the fine singers Lena Horne and Frankie Laine.

"Meet me in Las Vegas" could have used some trimming, then, perhaps, it might have made a better trip to Vegas.


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