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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
Meet Me in Las Vegas.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoy Rowland
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byIsobel Lennart
StarringDan Dailey
Cyd Charisse
Agnes Moorehead
Lili Darvas
Music byGeorge Stoll
CinematographyRobert J. Bronner
Edited byAlbert Akst
Production
company
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • March 9, 1956 (1956-03-09)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$2,495,000[1]
Box office$3,714,000[1]

The screenplay is by Isobel Lennart, cinematography by Robert Bronner, music direction by George Stoll, and choreography by Hermes Pan and Eugene Loring.[2]

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StoryEdit

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.[3]

CastEdit

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.

ReceptionEdit

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.[1]

HonorsEdit

The film received an Oscar nomination for best musical score.

Home videoEdit

The film, which has been shown on Turner Classic Movies, was released on DVD from Warner Brothers Archive Collection on July 8, 2011.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ http://members.aol.com/mgmfan3/lasvegas.html
  3. ^ Clive Hischhorn, The Hollywood Musical

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