We are thrilled to share this news:
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up-tomorrow evening-Monday, January 30th- is Classic Las Vegas night on Turner Classic Movies (TCM)!
The films they will be showing are a great visual time capsule of what the Las Vegas Strip looked like in its glory days as the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Beginning at 8:00 pm EST/5:00 pm PST, they are showing:
8:00/5:00: Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) starring Cyd Charisse and Dan Dailey. A ballerina becomes a gambler's lucky charm. Co-stars Agnes Moorehead and Jim Backus.
10:00/7:00 The Las Vegas Story (1952) starring Victor Mature, Jane Russell and Vincent Price. When newlyweds visit Las Vegas, the wife's shady past comes to the surface. Co-stars Hoagy Carmichael and Brad Dexter.
11:45/8:45 Viva Las Vegas (1964) starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. A race-car driver falls for a pretty swimming instructor who wants him to slow down his career. Co-stars Nicky Blair, William Demarest, the Flamingo Hotel, and other Las Vegas landmarks.
1:15 am/10:15 pm Ocean's Eleven (1960) starring Frank, Dean, Sammy, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. A group of friends plot to rob a Las Vegas casino. Co-stars Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine, Caesar Romero, the Desert Inn, the Sands, the Sahara, the Riviera and the Flamingo Hotels.
So, pour yourself a cold drink and enjoy the trip back in time!
And if you want to know more about the Classic Las Vegas Strip, you can order my book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 by visiting my website: http://classiclasvegas.com/book/.
If you are still making New Year's resolutions, don't forget to add Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 to your reading list!
This entertaining e-book covers the formative years of the Las Vegas Strip with detailed histories of the first ten hotels built on the famed boulevard. From conception to destruction (with the exception of the Flamingo hotel which is still going strong), the book highlights the architecture, the entertainers, the people who worked in the hotels and the men who dreams made it all possible. Without them, the Las Vegas Strip of today would be a very different place.
With rarely seen photographs and video interviews with the men and women who were there, the book is just $4.99. Available on Itunes, Amazon and Nook.
To help motivate you, here is a list of interviews and articles that highlight the book:
And yes, I am hard at work on part 2 which will cover the hotels built between 1956-1973.
So more to come!
In the meantime, enjoy the book!
May everyone have a wonderful holiday season filled with hope, love, family and warmth!
Thanks to all for the continued support!
Thanks to Joel Rosales for permission to use the images!
And if you have not read Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 what better time than now!
As you begin your holiday shopping, please don't forget-Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955.
If you love or know someone who also loves Las Vegas history, the Las Vegas Strip and/or the hotels that used to be there, this book makes a perfect gift.
Everyone thinks they know the history of the Las Vegas Strip but the real story is one that many people will be surprised to learn that they know only parts of the story. Want to know what was there before the Bellagio, the Wynn and the Encore, the SLS, the Venetian, or those empty plots of land that look out of place? Why is the Flamingo one of the oldest and most surviving hotels on the boulevard?
A detailed history of each the first ten hotels on the famed boulevard-from conception to what happened to them, this book also has rarely seen images and video clips featuring the men and women who worked there, played there and helped make Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Read the detailed histories of the first ten hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, including the El Rancho Vegas, Hotel Last Frontier, Flamingo, Thunderbird, Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn, Sahara, Sands, Royal Nevada, Riviera and the Dunes. Included in these histories are the architectural designs, the neon signage and how each of the hotels evolved.
The dreamers, who saw the future like few others and who built these hotels, helped turn a five-mile stretch of blacktop highway into the Entertainment Capital of the World.
This is the story of the first twenty-five years of the Classic Las Vegas Strip-how it began, and how it grew.
Available for Mac laptops and iPad users on the iTunes Store, for Kindle and Fire Tablets it's available on Amazon and for Nook readers, it is available on NookPress.
For direct links to the Itunes store, Amazon and NookPress, go here.
If you missed the airing on my interview with Casey Morell on KNPR the other morning, you can listen to it here.
If you missed me on Tom Hawley's Video Vault on Channel 3, no worries, you can watch it here.
Please check them out!
Don't forget- the book is available on the iTunes Store, Amazon for Kindle readers and Fire Tablets, Barnes and Nobel Nook Press for Nook devices and Kobo.
It is just $4.99 and includes rarely seen, historic images and videos.
Makes a great Holiday gift for anyone who loves Las Vegas and Las Vegas history!
Direct links are found here.