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The Las Vegas Story

1952 1h 28m Crime Drama List
Reviews 43% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
On a visit to Las Vegas, the wealthy Lloyd Rollins (Vincent Price) goes on a gambling streak, much to the dismay of his beautiful wife, Linda (Jane Russell). While in town, Linda decides to stop by her old stomping grounds, a casino, where she runs into her former flame, Lt. Dave Andrews (Victor Mature). Though Andrews hopes to rekindle his romance with Linda, missing jewelry, murder and kidnapping hinder those plans, and he must get to the bottom of the crimes. Read More Read Less

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Francois Truffaut Cahiers du Cinéma Everyone in Paris has already been talking about this car-helicopter chase. Is it necessary to make a special trip for this last quarter-hour, and for that quarter-hour, endure four more of equal dullness? I don’t think so. May 6, 2022 Full Review Ian Thomas Malone ianthomasmalone.com The film's unfocused narrative is buoyed by a deep bench of compelling characters, led by Russell's commanding lead performance. May 11, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews B-film gem. Rated: A Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Tom M Very good noire story from early Sin City. Russell is great and Mature is his usual granite (not a compliment). You know that poor Vincent Price is no good from the first scene - typecast again as the sleazebag. Hoagy Carmichael always makes a movie just a little bit better. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/23/20 Full Review deke p I gaveit 3 1/2 Stars cuz of the stars: Jane Russel, Vincent Price, Victor Mature, and scenes of 1952 VEGAS, & HOOVER DAM. Jane was Hot. But not so much when she talked. Saw it 1st time on The Movie Channel, 3.19.2020, Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review ashley h The Las Vegas Story is a decent film. It is about the arrival in Las Vegas of a businessman and his glamorous wife that creates a complex web of murder and deceit. Jane Russell and Victor Mature give good performance. The screenplay is a little in places. Robert Stevenson id an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Jane Russell is always worth a watch. The film is just alright. It is fun to watch the view and perception of early Las Vegas, though it's hardly a story about the gamblers paradise. Still it offers some pleasures, even though mildly. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member 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). Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This isn't a great movie, though it's easy to see how Jane Russell's screen presence led to being cast in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes a year later. It does show 1950s Vegas, which was only about 10 years into its run as America's gambling mecca; McCarran International Airport was captured on film as McCarran Field, a dusty small airport. This movie premiered the same year that the Sahara opened and may have served as something of an infomercial about Vegas to early 1950s Americans. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis On a visit to Las Vegas, the wealthy Lloyd Rollins (Vincent Price) goes on a gambling streak, much to the dismay of his beautiful wife, Linda (Jane Russell). While in town, Linda decides to stop by her old stomping grounds, a casino, where she runs into her former flame, Lt. Dave Andrews (Victor Mature). Though Andrews hopes to rekindle his romance with Linda, missing jewelry, murder and kidnapping hinder those plans, and he must get to the bottom of the crimes.
Director
Robert Stevenson
Producer
Robert Sparks
Screenwriter
Earl Felton, Harry Essex, Paul Jarrico
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
May 22, 2017
Runtime
1h 28m