- The Only Game in Town (film)
Infobox Film | name =The Only Game in Town
Frank D. Gilroy
Elizabeth Taylor Warren Beatty
20th Century Fox
runtime = 113 min
imdb_id = 0066184
"The Only Game in Town" is a 1970 American
drama film, the last directed by George Stevens. The screenplayby Frank D. Gilroyis based on his play of the same name which had a brief run on Broadway in 1968 [ [http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=3398 "The Only Game in Town" at the Internet Broadway Database] ] .
Aging Las Vegas chorine Fran Walker drifts into an affair with lounge
pianistand compulsive gamblerJoe Grady while waiting for her married lover, San Franciscobusinessman Thomas Lockwood, to finalize the divorcehe 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's fallen in love with Joe, who has finally accumulated enough money to fulfill his dream of relocating to New York Cityand beginning a new life there. Faced with the choice of a possible career in Manhattanor marriage to Fran, Joe opts for the latter.
20th Century Foxrelease was budgeted at $11,000,000 due to Elizabeth Taylor's insistence it be shot in Paris so she could be near her then-husband Richard Burton, who was working on "Staircase" with Rex Harrisonat the time. It grossed only $1,500,000 in the US. Frank Sinatraoriginally signed to play Joe, but when Taylor became ill and filming was postponed, he had to drop out of the project to fulfill another commitment and was replaced by Warren Beatty.
Screenwriter Gilroy's experience making the film inspired him to write and direct the 1978 movie "Once in Paris", which focused on his
chauffeurduring the "Only Game" shoot. Gilroy was so fascinated by the man he cast the driver as himself.
*Elizabeth Taylor ..... Fran Walker
*Warren Beatty ..... Joe Grady
*Charles Braswell ... Thomas Lockwood
In his review in the "
New York Times", Vincent Canbystated, "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 Parkrowboat 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." [ [http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E06EFDD173FE431A25756C0A9659C946190D6CF "New York Times" review] ]
Time Out London" calls it "a hoarily old-fashioned romantic comedy . . . [with] occasional moments of life injected by Taylor and Beatty." [ [http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/66118/The_Only_Game_in_Town.html "Time Out London" review] ]
TV Guide" says, "Although some of the dialog sparkles, in general, [the film] is overly talkly and thinly plotted, a programmer dressed up in ermine." [ [http://www.tvguide.com/movies/game-town/review/108312 "TV Guide" review] ]
*imdb title|id=0066184|title=The Only Game in Town
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