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Crashing Las Vegas

USA 1956
produced by
Ben Schwalb for Allied Artists
directed by Jean Yarbrough
starring the Bowery Boys (= Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, David Gorcey (as David Condon), Jimmy Murphy), Mary Castle, Don Haggerty, Terry Frost, Mort Mills, Jack Rice, Nicky Blair, Doris Kemper, Bob Hopkins
written by Jack Townley, music by Marlin Skiles

Bowery Boys, formerly Dead End Kids, East Side Kids

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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After receiving an electric shock, Sash (Huntz Hall) has developed the ability to predict numbers - whichever numbers that is. And this would make him a natural for the roulette-table, right? Good thing then that Slip (Leo Gorcey) has just won a trip to Las Vegas for four on a TV gameshow - and off are Sach, slip and the other Bowery Boys (David Condon, Jimmy Murphy) to Sin City.

Once in a casino, Sach wins at roulette with haunting regularity - but usually loses everything due to his klutziness -, so much so that he attracts the attention of crooks Carol (Mary Castle) and Murlock (Don Haggerty). At first, Carol tries to just use her seductive charms on Sach, but that plan backfires, because when she's near he loses his concentration and totally fails at guessing numbers. So they make up a scheme for her to take Sach to her room with her, then let a phony burst in who plays her husband, and after a short rowe, Sach is made to believe he has killed the husband (though nobody has actually died).

Now Sach considers himself on the run while the other Bowery Boys have called the police to help them find Sach, who they think has been kidnapped.

To make a long story short, in the end the others manage to convince Sach he hasn't killed anyone, all the baddies get their just desserts, Sach loses his newfound talent but also his money, and everything is back to normal again.

 

Some historical facts first: This was the first Bowery Boys-film made after the death of Bernard Gorcey, Leo Gorcey's father, a loss that didn't go down easy with Leo Gorcey (whose last Bowery Boys-film this would be). Reportedly, he had taken to heavy drinking when filming this one - and to be quite frank, it sort of shows in some scenes ... but that said, the slightly inebriated look and feel go well with Gorcey's character, and while I've got no idea how much footage landed on the cutting room floor due to his condition, his performance on film, including timing, diction and the like, is quite ok.

That all said though, Crashing Las Vegas is not exactly comedy gold, more a series-film based on a simplistic to childish premise, carried by a few too many too old jokes. Sure, the film has a certain low budget old school charm to it, but it's not exactly something you couldn't live without.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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