Meet Me in Las Vegas
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) is an MGM musical comedy produced by Joe Pasternak, directed by Roy Rowland, filmed in Eastman Color (credited as Metrocolor) and CinemaScope, and starring Dan Dailey and Cyd Charisse. The film has a running time of 112 minutes.
|Meet Me in Las Vegas|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Roy Rowland|
|Produced by||Joe Pasternak|
|Written by||Isobel Lennart|
|Music by||George Stoll|
|Cinematography||Robert J. Bronner|
|Edited by||Albert Akst|
Set in and around the Sands Hotel, the film has a fairly simple plot, telling "what happens when a gambling rancher (Dailey) discovers that all he has to do to win at roulette is take hold of ballerina Charisse's hand". The film was tailored for the talents of Charisse, showcasing her modern ballet dancing. Several popular singers are featured as themselves. The location shooting gives a good idea of what Las Vegas looked like in 1956.
- Dan Dailey as Chuck Rodwell
- Cyd Charisse as Maria Corvier
- Agnes Moorehead as Miss Hattie
- Lili Darvas as Sari Hatvany
- Jim Backus as Tom Culdane
- Oskar Karlweis as Lotzi - Sands Blackjack Dealer
- Liliane Montevecchi as Lilli
- Cara Williams as Kelly Donavan
- George Chakiris as Young Groom (as George Kerris)
- Betty Lynn as Young Bride
- Henry Slate as Slate Brother
- Jack Slate as Slate Brother
- Sid Slate as Slate Brother
- Pete Rugolo as Conductor
- John Brascia as Specialty Dancer
There are brief appearances by Jerry Colonna, Paul Henreid, Lena Horne, Frankie Laine, and Mitsuko Sawamura. Cameo appearances include Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, Vic Damone, Pier Angeli, Peter Lorre, and Tony Martin (who was married to Charisse until her death in 2008). Sammy Davis Jr. sings "Frankie and Johnny" near the end of the film, danced by Charisse, Montevecchi, and Brascia, with special lyrics by Sammy Cahn and arranged by Johnny Green.
According to MGM records the film earned $2,217,000 in the US and Canada and $1,497,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $496,000.
The film received an Oscar nomination for best musical score.
The film, which has been shown on Turner Classic Movies, was released on DVD from Warner Brothers Archive Collection on July 8, 2011.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Clive Hischhorn, The Hollywood Musical