Vega$ was an Aaron Spelling drama series that ran on ABC from 1978-1981 and starred Robert Urich as a private investigator based out of the Desert Inn, which was owned on the show by none other than Tony Curtis (who made random guest appearances chewing the scenery to bits). After watching 13 episodes in search of some cool screen caps of 70s Vegas sites and lights, I can safely say the show was beyond formulaic: Dan Tanna (Urich) helps save/rescue/stave off the killers of/capture the killers of someone he usually has a personal connection to from his past. Or, as in the final ep of the first season which I just finished watching, a special guest star in need of help; Kim Cattrall demanded his time and attention as a visiting Middle Eastern princess in the season finale. But enough undo analysis of a fluffy show which provided some brainless entertainment for 12 hours of my life…on to the 70s Vegas screen caps, courtesy of Vega$! (All these screen caps are from the latter half of the first season, which aired from January-May of ’79.
Vega$ had the distinction of being filmed entirely on location in lovely Las Vegas, and the promotional tie-in with the Desert Inn meant carte blanche filming there in the common areas, country club, restaurants, bars, and suites. It’s fun to see still-standing, iconic places I love such as Caesars on film, but it’s even more fun to get a peek at the places I never got to enjoy. And to know that this scene was filmed in the real Dunes coffee shoppe or that scene was shot in the real lounge at the top of the Landmark, as opposed to a sound stage in Hollywood. It reminds me of all the stories of Gone With the Wind fans searching all over Clayton County, Georgia for the real Tara, when in fact that building only ever existed on a Hollywood backlot. Kudos to Spelling and Company for making the effort to film everything in Vegas, and to the cast and crew for the extra effort I’m sure that entailed.
That’s all for this week, folks. Thanks for reading and I hope y’all enjoyed the 70s Vega$ screen shots as much as I enjoyed capturing them.