Frank Sinatra, 'Robin and the Seven Hoods'

"Robin and the Seven Hoods" (1964) Sinatra and his Rat Pack cronies scored a bull's-eye with audiences with their 1960 caper flick "Ocean's Eleven." But their two subsequent vehicles, "Sergeants Three" and "Four for Texas," strained the patience of even the most die-hard Rat Pack fan. Sinatra and his cronies redeemed themselves with this colorful re-envisioning of the tale of Robin Hood, set in the gangster milieu of 1920s Chicago. Sinatra plays a gangster named Robbo; Dean Martin is his new sidekick, Little John; Sammy Davis Jr. plays Will; Bing Crosby is Allen A. Dale; Peter Falk is Guy Gisborne; and Barbara Rush is Robbo's main squeeze, Marian. The Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn tunes are terrific, especially the Oscar-nominated "My Kind of Town," which Sinatra croons as he only can. Though the film is carefree, there was a lot of behind-the-scenes sadness during the production. The same day a funeral scene was shot, the cast and crew learned of President Kennedy's assassination. And just a few weeks later, while they were preparing for a kidnapping sequence, Sinatra got news that his son had been kidnapped. Though Frank Jr. was returned unharmed, the kidnapping scene never made it into the final cut of the film.
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