The Only Game in Town (film)
|The Only Game in Town|
|Directed by||George Stevens|
|Produced by||Fred Kohlmar
|Written by||Frank D. Gilroy|
|Music by||Maurice Jarre|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||March 4, 1970|
|Running time||113 minutes|
|Box office||$1.5 million (US/ Canada)|
Aging Las Vegas chorine Fran Walker (Taylor) drifts into an affair with lounge pianist and compulsive gambler Joe Grady (Beatty) while waiting for her married lover, San Francisco businessman Thomas Lockwood, to finalize the divorce he has been promising to get for the past five years.
By the time Lockwood keeps his word and is free to marry his mistress, she finds she has fallen in love with Joe, who has finally accumulated enough money to fulfill his dream of relocating to New York City and beginning a new life there. Faced with the choice of a possible career in Manhattan or marriage to Fran, Joe opts for the latter after losing a tough poker game.
Production notes 
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The film was budgeted at $11 million because of Taylor's insistence it be shot in Paris, France, so she could be near her then-husband Richard Burton, who was working on the film Staircase (1969) with Rex Harrison at the time. It grossed only $1.5 million in the U.S.
Screenwriter Gilroy's experience making the film inspired him to write and direct the film Once in Paris (1978), which focused on his chauffeur during the Only Game shoot. Gilroy was so fascinated by the man he cast the driver as himself.
Director Curtis Hanson did a reworking of this film with his film Lucky You (2007), which dealt with a professional gambler out to break the bank in Las Vegas. The reworking was in the adding of a female singer and the gambler's father entering a Vegas gambling convention where the story is set. The film starred Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore and Robert Duvall.
Principal cast 
Critical reception 
Opening in 1970 to mixed reviews and little money, this became the last film for George Stevens, leading him to retire from directing altogether.
In his March 5, 1970, review in The New York Times, Vincent Canby stated, "Assigning [Stevens, Beatty, and Taylor] to the film version of Frank D. Gilroy's small, sentimental, Broadway flop is rather like trying to outfit a leaky Central Park rowboat for a celebrity cruise through the Greek islands. The result is a phenomenological disaster . . . Nothing in The Only Game in Town seems quite on the up and up. Everything, including both the humor and the pathos, is bogus." 
See also 
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p256
- Solomon p 231. "Big Rental Films of 1970", Variety, 6 January 1971 p 11. Please note figures are rentals not total gross.
- Database (undated). "The Only Game in Town". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Parish, James Robert; Mank, Gregory W.; Stanke, Don E. (1978). The Hollywood Beauties. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House Publishers. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-87000-412-4.
- Canby, Vincent (March 5, 1970). "The Only Game in Town (1970) – Screen: 'The Only Game': Major Stars Converge on a Minor Script". The New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- TM (undated). "The Only Game in Town (1969)". Time Out London. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Staff writer (undated). "The Only Game In Town: Review". TV Guide. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- The Only Game in Town at AllRovi
- The Only Game in Town at the Internet Movie Database
- The Only Game in Town at the TCM Movie Database