Review: ‘The Only Game in Town’

The Only Game in Town is a rather mixed blessing. Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty star as two Vegas drifters who find love with each other.

The Only Game in Town is a rather mixed blessing. Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty star as two Vegas drifters who find love with each other.

Film was shot at Studios de Boulogne in Paris, with second unit work in Las Vegas for some key exteriors.

Beatty delivers an engaging performance as a gambling addict, working off his debts as a saloon pianist for Hank Henry.

Frank D. Gilroy’s script [based on his play] permits both stars to shine in solo and ensemble moments of hope, despair, recrimination, and sardonic humor. But the drama develops too sluggishly.

Montage sequences of Vegas niteries, all well shot and cut, break up the pacing, but also emphasize the dramatic vamping even more so, an inevitable result.

The Only Game in Town

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director George Stevens; Producer Fred Kohlmar; Screenplay Frank D. Gilroy; Camera Henri Decae; Editor John W. Holmes, William Sands, Pat Shade; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Herman Blumenthal

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Elizabeth Taylor Warren Beatty Charles Braswell Hank Henry

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