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The Las Vegas Story

The Las Vegas Story (1952) starring Victor Mature, Jane Russell, Vincent Price

Synopsis of The Las Vegas Story

The Las Vegas Story (1952) starring Victor Mature, Jane Russell, Vincent PriceInvestment broker Lloyd Rollins, insisting to his wife Linda that they stop at Las Vegas on their trip from Boston, begins to gamble heavily. Linda visits the Last Chance, a casino where she used to sing, and where she meets police lieutenant Dave Andrews, with whom she had a brief affair some years earlier. Insurance investigator Tom Hubler soon arrives to keep an eye on Linda’s valuable necklace for his company, unaware that Rollins hocked the necklace with Clayton, owner of the Last Chance. Lt. Andrews, rebuffed by Linda, learns that Clayton has been murdered. He deduces the killer’s identity and begins a deadly chase when he learns the killer has taken Linda hostage and fled into the desert. …The Las Vegas Story

Editorial review of The Las Vegas Story

Jane Russell and Victor Mature play it as it lays in this hardboiled thriller costarring Vincent Price. Linda Rollins’ (Russell) luck has gone from bad to worse. A casino owner’s been bumped off, her diamond necklace is missing and her shady husband (Price) is suspected of the crimes. So when her bitter ex-flame, police lieutenant Dave Andrews (Mature), takes charge of the case, all bets are off when the killer kidnaps Linda and threatens to cash in all her chips.

Originally set in Miami, the movie’s locale was changed to Las Vegas when RKO studio chief Howard Hughes decided to publicize the city in which he’d recently taken a financial interest. Highlighted by one of the earliest helicopter/car chases ever filmed, The Las Vegas Story also features three songs by costar Hoagy Carmichael: “The Monkey Song,” “My Resistance Is Low” and “I Get Along Without You Very Well,” the latter two performed with Jane Russell.

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