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.