Synopsis by Mark Deming
Two star-crossed losers are looking for diversion but find love instead in this romantic drama. Fran Walker (Elizabeth Taylor) is a veteran Las Vegas showgirl who is also the kept woman of Lockwood (Charles Braswell), a San Francisco businessman who is happy to pay her rent and keep her in designer clothes but isn't willing to divorce his wife in order to make a long-term commitment with her. Fran falls into a fling with Joe Grady (Warren Beatty), a piano player who works with lounge comic Tony (Hank Henry) when he isn't succumbing to his addiction to gambling. Fran and Joe agree at the start that their relationship is to be about sex and nothing more, but before long, the two have fallen in love despite themselves. Though set in Las Vegas, most of The Only Game in Town was shot in Paris at the request of Taylor, whose then-husband, Richard Burton, was working in France at the time; this helped boost the budget to 11 million dollars, while the film earned less than a fifth of that figure at the box office.
addiction, argument, boating, career, casino, chorus-girl, committed-relationship, debt, divorce, extramarital-affair, forbidden-love, fortune [wealth], gambling, game, husband, loot, love, lover, marriage, motel, piano, promise, romance, sailing, sex, showgirl, water, wife, winner, play [recreation], studio, town