DIRECTOR– Noel Nosseck
PLOT– A streetwise hustling Las Vegas escort named Lucky (Stella Stevens) is recruited to steal $500k from a crooked casino manager (George DiCenzo). She assembles a crack team consisting of a magician’s assistant (Lynne Moody), a trapeze artist (Linda Scruggs), and a disgraced police officer (Stuart Whitman) to help.
5 REASONS TO WATCH–
- family-friendly public executions
- lifeguards in gowns
- evil hotel managers
- emergency sauna situations
- trapeze artist anxiety
REVIEW– Las Vegas in the ’70s was a dangerous place. Mafia-run casinos, hitmen collecting debts, loads of illegal cash floating around the city. Las Vegas in the ’70s was no place for the weak. Only tough people!
…like magicians assistants or trapeze artists.
That’s the story of this film. Working girls steal money from the mob. Essentially, Las Vegas Lady is a caper movie… without a caper.
It’s got caper-movie music. It’s got the caper-movie setting of Las Vegas. It’s got the caper-movie less-than-reputable characters stealing from the rich to give to the poor ala Robin Hood.
Unfortunately, someone forgot to write a story. None of it is intriguing in the slightest. In fact, it’s downright boring. It seems like some intelligent scheming should be going on, but it isn’t. Some girls make plans like “hiding in a room service cart” or “climb up the side of the casino” or “distract some people with revealing clothes”.
But none of that really accomplishes anything.
There’s no reason for any of it. They could’ve just walked into the casino and then walked back out. Nobody was even paying attention. (And somebody tell me why there’s a bed in the ladies’ room at the Circus Circus??!!)It’s interesting to see a couple of minor future stars make early appearances in their careers. WKRP in Cincinnati’s Herb Tarlek (Frank Bonner) plus 80’s heartthrob and Dallas minor star Andrew Stevens both have bit parts.
But other than that, a wonderfully wacky 70’s theme song, and Stella Stevens in some mighty tight jeans, there’s no reason to see this movie.
FAULTY FACTS– Las Vegas Lady’s filming mostly took place at Vegas’ iconic Circus Circus casino. Opened in 1968 by Jay Sarno, architect of the Las Vegas of today, the casino is now one of the oldest , and not-so-nice, hotels in the city. But when it opened, it was a shiny new toy for the town to be proud of. The Las Vegas Sun had this to say…
“Circus Circus, the world’s largest combined casino and amusement center, opens to the public at 10 o’clock tonight following several hours of ceremonial hoopla and star-studded glitter. Located across the Strip from the Riviera Hotel, Circus Circus is built like a giant circus big-top 90 feet tall. It is fronted by an acre of water fountains shooting colored plumes four stories high.
The casino is slightly longer than a football field and furnished with 19 blackjack tables, eight craps tables, two roulette tables and 686 slot machines. Like a big top, the huge casino will have numerous circus acts performing around the cavernous room, trapeze and high wire acts performing over the heads of gamblers and bevies of showgirls dancing and singing throughout the casino as well as in each of the 14 bars and restaurants in the building.
These include a rathskeller-type German beer hall where patrons can drink and eat their limit for $1, a Coney Island snack train featuring the delights of hot dogs, salami and pastrami, and Little Italy, geared to deliver five million pizzas a year.
Jay Sarno, who three years ago conceived Caesars Palace, and also dreamed up Circus Circus, will preside over gala ribbon cutting ceremonies at 6 p.m. City, county, state and federal officials, as well as movie and TV stars and a host of reporters and photographers from major newspapers and magazines around the nation are expected for the event.
The ribbon, a 90-foot-long, two-foot canary yellow streamer, will extend from the roof of the building to the ground. It will be cut with giant shears wielded by Sarno, his co-entrepreneurs and Jud D. McIntosh and Stanley Mallin, U.S. Sens. Alan Bible and Howard Cannon, and Las Vegas Mayor Oran K. Gragson.
To point up the zany aspects of Circus Circus, Henderson Justice of the Peace Delwin Potter will marry a local couple 400 feet above the building on a platform suspended from a hover helicopter about an hour before the 6 p.m. ribbon cutting. The mid-air wedding will be heralded by a four-man skydiving performance.
At 7 p.m. the new casino will host a private invitational preview opening for some 1,500 local dignitaries and VIPs. To signal its start, Sarno will turn on the four-story water foundations and release 5,000 ballons into the sky.
Built at a cost of $15 million, Circus Circus is headed by Sarno as president with a 25 percent investment, and McIntosh also a Caesars Palace investor with a 22 1⁄2 percent. Nine additional investors also have holdings in Caesars Palace.
George Deverell, former casino executive at Caesars Palace, was named recently as casino manager of Circus Circus.
In addition to eye-popping entertainment at every turn in the building, a western frontier music and dance revue, titled “The Piece-Full Palace,” will perform twice nightly in the Circus Circus Hippodome Theatre. Produced and directed by Jerry Schaffer, “The Piece-Full Palace” features music and lyrics to 15 songs by famed show business personality Steve Allen. Setting for the show is Las Vegas when it was a one-year-old settlement in 1868. At that time, it was called Fort Baker.
Guests at Circus Circus will also find its 1,000 employees in colorfully costumed circus uniforms.”