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The Las Vegas Story (1952)
Topic Started: Sep 9 2017, 08:41 PM (157 Views)
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The Las Vegas Story (1952) Dir. Robert Stevenson
An RKO-Radio Picture
89 min. / B&W / 1.37:1
DVD: Warner Archives

High stakes gambler and big Eastern money man Vincent Price and his gorgeous wife Jane Russell(!) are dropping some loot around Las Vegas, where Jane used to be a saloon singer and used to kanoodle with Victor Mature. As it turns out, she still has a thing for Vic (and he for her), Vinnie doesn't have the dough he claims to have, somebody is gonna end up murdered as Hoagy Carmichael sings "The Monkey Song".

Well, how's THAT for a synopsis? I'm gettin' good at this, right? Right? Right!

Truth is, we noted in the opening credits that Hoagy was going to do a number called "The Monkey Song" and it became quite an event, anticipating that throughout the film. And he DOES do a number called "The Monkey Song" and it doesn't disappoint.

Just wanted to get all that out of the way.

The other big star of the movie is a diamond necklace created especially for this film by Cartier, and it's a wow. And my GOODNESS what a perch it sits on - well, Miss Russell, you know how THAT is.

Not a great movie, it really needs, oh, Raymond Burr as a thug of some kind. Vinnie Price is woefully miscast, and Brad Dexter as an insurance investigator is simply awful. On the plus side, we've got the wonderful Jay C. Flippen as the Chief of Police and Robert J. Wilke as one of those guys that, two minutes after he shows up, you think, "Well, HE'S got future cold, stiff corpse written all over 'im!" and you'd be right.

On the OTHER hand, it's not a bad movie, either, and it DOES have Jane Russell and her enormous talents on display, including in the shower.

Million-dollar Song Lyrics:
"There's a story about a monkey and a king. King Rebop.... He dreams about a monkey. This monkey can play the drums!"
*Drummer plays a solo*
"That's a different monkey."

A nice print from Warner Archive.

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