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directed by Robert Stevenson
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Jane Russell and Victor Mature play it as it lays in this hardboiled thriller co-starring 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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Theatrical Release: 1 January 1952 (premiere)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Film Noir Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:27:21
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.41 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:12)

DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2012
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The Las Vegas Story is like on of those Robert Mitchum-Jane Russell film noirs from RKO, except Victor Mature is cast here for the male lead. Film even features Vincent Price, seen previously in His Kind of Woman.

The film is available since 2004 on DVD in Italy, most likely being sourced from VHS master. We were unable to obtain it for a comparison. Warner released made-on-demand disc as part of their newly coined Film Noir Archive Collection and seems like a new restoration has been utilized for this progressive transfer. The film is too bright to be considered a classic film noir as the sometimes over-bright transfer shows. There is very little damage on the print and mono English soundtrack is fine. A 2-minute trailer is included as a sole extra. Not an essential film noir, but nevertheless a decent crime picture, elevated by the great Jane Russell.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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