Image Union, episode 620: Las Vegas: Last Oasis In America

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Video portrait of Las Vegas in the late 1970's.

0:00 Slate.

0:17 Start of program. Image Union opening sequence.

1:04 “Las Vegas: Last Oasis in America”, by Joel Gold and Maxi Cohen. Excited crowd watches fireworks, folks dance to country western music.

2:17 Title. Brief interviews with various people at pools and casinos about Las Vegas.

3:52 Liberace Museum. Liberace’s brother gives a tour of some items in the museum, including Liberace’s first Rolls Royce, and tells us about his brother’s meeting with the Pope.

7:34 More interviews with people about Las Vegas.

10:00 Two little leaguers share words of advice about gambling responsibly.

10:55 Three older people at a slot machine.

12:15 Binny and Ted Binion on Binion’s Horseshoe, a popular casino.

12:47 “Exciting” montage of Las Vegas lights and sights playing to disco music.

13:44 Harry Eisner gives rundown of who’s who at the Caesar’s palace pool. Named are Lynn Swan from the Stealers and prominent heart transplant researcher Dr. Stuart Fischer. Professional tennis players are also present.

15:18 Man at the Nevada School of Dealing tells a funny story about a casino employee.

16:00 Ralph Pearl, gossip columnist, tells about Frank Sinatra and Murray Schwartz gambling at Caesar’s Palace.

17:17 Actress Debbie Reynolds on meeting Howard Hughs and Nick the Greek.

18:13 Montage of Las Vegas scenes accompanied by loungy soul music.

22:43 Daytime shot of Las Vegas from afar.

22:58 “Las Vegas: Last Oasis in America” credits.

23:16 Image Union closing, “Media Burn” footage by Ant Farm.

24:32 End Image Union.

24:36 Messed up recording of “The Gathering Storm.”

26:52 End of tape.



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