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The Las Vegas Story

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The Las Vegas Story features two of Hollywood's most impressive physiques. Victor Mature stars as Dave Andrews, a policeman, while Jane Russell plays Linda, the love of his life. Assuming that Andrews has forgotten her, Linda marries Lloyd Rollins Vincent Price on the rebound. All three main characters are reunited in Las Vegas, where they become enmeshed in a robbery scheme that results in murder. Clearly inspired by Casablanca, the film even includes a philosophical piano player, portrayed by Hoagy Carmichael ...
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Overview

The Las Vegas Story features two of Hollywood's most impressive physiques. Victor Mature stars as Dave Andrews, a policeman, while Jane Russell plays Linda, the love of his life. Assuming that Andrews has forgotten her, Linda marries Lloyd Rollins Vincent Price on the rebound. All three main characters are reunited in Las Vegas, where they become enmeshed in a robbery scheme that results in murder. Clearly inspired by Casablanca, the film even includes a philosophical piano player, portrayed by Hoagy Carmichael who also wrote the film's incidental songs. Though Las Vegas Story was largely scripted by Paul Jarrico, producer Howard Hughes refused to give Jarrico screen credit because of the latter's alleged pro-communist sympathies. Jarrico promptly sued Hughes and RKO, sparking one of the more famous cause celebres of the Blacklist era. As it turned out, nobody came out ahead with The Las Vegas Story: the film posted a loss of $600,000.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Las Vegas Story is a half-hearted, semi-noir crime thriller-romance that just can't seem to get it together, although it does feature a slam-bang finale that partially redeems it. It's also curious that a film that was created to, at least to some extent, "sell" Las Vegas doesn't make the setting more appealing -- but that kind of fuzzy thinking is part and parcel of Story. The plot has a number of worthy elements that could have been worked up into a tight, gripping story, but the writers never get a good handle on the story, and the dialogue is never as sharp as it so clearly wants to be. While Vincent Price turns in a good performance as the second male lead and Hoagy Carmichael is on hand to contribute his typical, laconically enjoyable performance, the leading couple are poorly cast. Both Jane Russell and Victor Mature look quite good, but their performances are dull and uninspired, never rising above the routine. Robert Stevenson's direction overall is scattered, but he does pull things together for the car/helicopter chase near the end, a truly exciting sequence which stands out even today. Carmichael's trio of songs are also winners, particularly "The Monkey Song." Story just doesn't make it, but watch it for that chase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • UPC: 883316574850
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,201

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Russell Linda Rollins
Victor Mature Dave Andrews
Vincent Price Lloyd Rollins
Hoagy Carmichael Happy
Brad Dexter Tom Hubler
Gordon Oliver Drucker
Jay C. Flippen Capt. H.A. Harris
Will Wright Mike Fogarty
Bill Welsh Martin
Ray Montgomery Desk Clerk
Colleen Miller Mary
Robert J. Wilke Clayton
Dorothy Abbott
Philip Ahlm Men
Brooks Benedict Stickman Dealer
Sue Casey
Wallis Clark Witwer
George Pat Collins
Jean Corbett
Roger Creed
Roy Darmour
Jane Easton Waitress
Sam Finn
Paul H. Frees District Attorney
Joe Gilbert Stickman
Ted Jordan
Milt Kibbee Coroner
Mona Knox Change Girl
Sylvia Lewis Guest
John Merrick Gus
Robert Milton Sheriff
Al Murphy
Clarence Muse Pullman Porter
Betty Onge
Dick Ryan Bartender
Sid Saylor Marty
Carl Sklover
Midge Ware Chief Money Changer
Chili Williams
Michael St. Angel Deputy
George Hoagland
Bert Stevens
Ben Harris
Mary Bayless
Barbara Freking
Hazel Shaw
Evelyn Lovequist Woman
Harry Brooks
Oliver Hartwell Redcap
Suzanne Ames
Shirley Tegge
Anne Dore
Barbara Thatcher
Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Mel Berns Sr. Makeup
Sam Bischoff Executive Producer
Mel Burns Makeup
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Harry J. Essex Screenwriter
Earl Felton Screenwriter
Feild M. Gray Art Director
Field M. Gray Art Director
Howard Greer Costumes/Costume Designer
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Robert Sparks Producer
John Sturtevant Set Decoration/Design
Harold E. Wellman Special Effects
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer
A. Earl Wolcott Sound/Sound Designer
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