movie review: Ocean’s 11 (1960).

Ocean’s 11 tells the story of eleven guys, headed up by one Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra), who plan an elaborate heist—one that involves stealing hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars from five Las Vegas hotels (all on the same night). The film takes a lot of time to showcase the personalities and personal lives of several of the eleven men before getting to the heist itself. (In fact, the film is nearly halfway over before you discover just what the eleven are planning to steal.)

If you go into Ocean’s 11 looking for lots of action scenes and thrilling heist montages and a plot that zips along…you won’t find it here. But if you want a movie that’s full of humor, a great twist ending, and fun performances from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford (to name a few), well, you’re in luck. Especially when it comes to those performances. Because, I don’t know about you, but I don’t really watch Ocean’s 11 for the heist elements (though those are a riot). I watch it to see the characters play off each other. I watch it for the 60’s aesthetic. And yeah, I partly watch it for Richard Conte because he’s one of my favorites. ❤ But…mostly for the fun performances. So much humor sparks and fizzes across the screen throughout Ocean’s 11.

On a side note, I find it interesting that some contemporary critics condemned Ocean’s 11 for the amorality of its characters. (Read this for more details.) Today, morally gray characters and ‘slightly better than the Big Bad’ villainous main characters are all the rage. But even back in the 1960’s (which was a decade not exactly known for its morality), some people found the unrepentant attitudes of the eleven to be troubling.

Personally, the characters’ lack of morals doesn’t bother me so much—I don’t particularly admire any of the characters or aspire to be like them. And they do get their comeuppance in the end (no spoilers on just how it happens though).

When I watch Ocean’s 11, I’m not looking for role models. I’m looking for an entertaining movie experience. And that’s exactly what I get, every time. It’s soooo fun to see the different cast members play off each other, particularly the Rat Pack. Caesar Romero also gets a small, yet important role, and he makes the absolute most of it (as usual).

Is Ocean’s 11 for everyone? No. But if you’re a fan of slow-paced (yet interesting) films, male-centric casts, and/or the 1960’s in general, you just may love it.

Have you seen Ocean’s 11? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Eva-Joy

P.S. A very happy birthday to Dean Martin! I wasn’t planning to post this review on his birthday (since I didn’t even know when that was), but I’m glad it worked out that way. If you’re in the mood for more Dean content, my friend Jillian wrote two excellent blog posts about him: ‘Dean Martin, a Man of Hidden Depth‘ and ‘King of Cool.’

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  1. Here’s the best upload of Sergeants 3 I’ve found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5WvjnkHkXTw

    Also, some things I noticed just from watching a second of it to make sure it is a good video: it’s not a musical, but I LOVE the score (especially the theme that plays over the credits ❤️), and the Corneal’s real name is Howard Silva (not “Howard Da Silva”…that’s actually another actor, and I always get them mixed up 🤪).

    And, if you were ever to search for it yourself, the title really is “Sergeants 3”, without the apostrophe. (I think autocorrect often comes along behind me and adds that in. ☺️)

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  2. Ok. Finally! 😁 Here we go…

    The Ocean’s 11 Story (that documentary on Prime Video) was quite good. It’s from 2001, and it covered not only the making of the film (during which the Rat Pack were also performing multiple shows per day that have now become legendary), but the creation of and shifts in Las Vegas, plus the rise and fall of the Rat Pack’s association with JFK (which I WILL write a post about someday! 😀) – with little stops along the way to focus on the careers of the main Pack (Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, and Joey) up to that point and provide bios of the individual mobsters connected to all of this – winding it up with notes on the lives of the Pack and JFK after the film and the fate of the Sands Hotel.

    • My main takeaways:

    – On filming: – “Of the five, Sammy and Joey were the most reliable when it came time to do their scenes. Dean, too, could be counted on to know not only his own lines, but also the lines of every other character in the script, and the descriptions in between the dialogue. ❤ Frank and Peter, however, we’re more concerned with living it up – and chasing girls.”…Some of it was shot in Hollywood after Las Vegas, but the guys didn’t find that quite as fun. So they’d cause mischief on the set (involving squirt guns and cherry bombs), which caused delays, and some grew belligerent about the time spent working (mainly Frank, who reportedly tore pages out of his script to make a scene shorter when he felt it was taking too long and would yell if he felt they were doing too many takes). The poor director finally consented to letting them read off cue cards rather than learn their lines.

    – On Dean Martin: “Dean Martin was always the odd one – in his family, in his school, and eventually, in the Rat Pack.” :/ I know from my own post why he would’ve been considered “odd” in school (because he couldn’t speak English) and in the Rat Pack (he had a more serious work ethic and didn’t drink or party as much as the rest), but why was he the “odd” one in his family??? 😮 (The documentary didn’t elaborate.)…The point was made again, by the narrator and by one of the Ocean’s 11 guys (*one thing I didn’t like was the documentary never showed the name of the person speaking, so if they were older, it was hard to tell who they were* 😕) that Dean’s glass was always filled with apple juice when performing and the drunk act was indeed an act…Also, apparently Dean and Jerry Lewis were paired by a mobster – who owned the nightclub where Jerry first broke in on Dean’s act! He liked it and made it a permanent arrangement. “It was an offer they couldn’t refuse.” 😮

    – On Sammy: It showed the same “You Rascal, You” clip you sent me. 😀 He was only 3! 😮 He performed in a trio with his father and uncle from that age on.

    – On Joey: He weighed 2 lbs 14 oz at birth – the smallest baby ever born at Fordham Hospital (I’m a premie, too, so this makes me love him now. ❤️)…He was a writer as well as a stand-up. Frank said most of their “spontaneous” jokes and banter was written by Joey. 😀

    – On JFK: When Sammy was asked not to attend JFK’s inauguration, even though the Rat Pack had been instrumental in his campaign, Dean (who wasn’t much for politics anyway – another way in which he was “odd”) turned down his own invitation, saying he was “too busy”. He attended an MLK rally later that same week, with Sammy. ❤️…Eventually Frank fell out with both JFK and Peter (and there is a story behind that). He was filming the funeral scene in Robin and the 7 Hoods when they learned Kennedy had been assassinated. 😮 Only Peter attended the funeral.

    – The last line: “In 1960, you could’ve seen them for a $5.95 ticket – and dinner was included with the show.”

    • I followed this up with my third watch of Ocean’s 11. My main takeaways from that:

    – For the first time, I noticed THE COOLEST THING EVER 😀: – In the opening credits, each of the introductory, instrumental “e-o-eleven”s is tailored to the person who’s name is on the screen!!! Frank’s is standard cool, Dean’s almost sounds like gondola music (definitely an Italian flair), Sammy’s is the hardest to describe – but it legit sounds like how he sings, Peter’s has very royal, medieval-ish trumpets, Angie’s sounds feminine and sexy, and Richard Conte’s sounds DOOMED. 🤯 That’s a BRILLIANT little touch! 😀

    – The (one-line) narrator says, – “Christmas in Beverly Hills, California…A time when everyone thinks only kind, tolerant, generous thoughts.” We never hear another line of narration, so what is this guy’s purpose? That line has to be significant. I’d bet money it’s meant tongue-in-cheek, and is a setup to say, “We’re going show you some guys who think differently. Watch what happens.”

    – Although, I think my calling it “a fable about selfishness” isn’t exactly on point. I still see it as a fable, but “selfishness” isn’t the right word (too harsh). It’s more like a fable about having the wrong kinds of dreams (“A little bad luck might’ve made him realize what things can mean when you earn them…That’s no life. It’s a way of running away from it.”) or going about the right kinds (with unselfish motives, at least) the wrong way. (“I thought I was doing it for her. She always wanted a white fox stole.”) So, it’s a fable about…misguided priorities???

    – There are points of this film that still strike me as lazy. Bea disappears with no resolution, the voices on the phone – not “Danny’s” impressions (those are just hokey) – but the unseen sides of conversations (particularly when Jimmy’s on the phone with his mother…I don’t know who that is, but it ain’t Peter Lawford! 😆 It sounds more like a demon – or a Bond villain.). But if the director was having such trouble keeping the latter half of the shoot on schedule, maybe this wasn’t due to laziness. Maybe he was just THAT rushed. :/

    – So, here’s what kind of weirdo I am: I feel sorry for the people they hold up. 🙂 One thing I think doesn’t work in their favor as far as coming across as sympathetic, even in an antihero way, is that Joey Bishop and Norman Fell are WAY too rough when they hold up their casinos. Frank had the perfect take, I think. He’s so low-key. It’s as if he wants to say, “This is business as usual. I’m not gonna hurt you. Just doing what I gotta do.”, while still projecting authority. Whereas Joey Bishop and Norman Fell legit sound dangerous, like they’re just itching to knock somebody off. 😦 Still, I think it’s the best out-of-character moment of acting I’ve ever heard Joey Bishop do. (“Sing LOUDER.” 😳 Yes, sir!)

    – What’s especially interesting is, after this film, Dean and Peter switch “types”. Frank is always the leader, Sammy’s always the little brother. But here, Dean is the closest thing to a moral compass, who’s a bit removed from the shenanigans because he’s more mature. And Peter is the right-hand man who’s in the thick of things from the start, without question. In the next Rat Pack film, Sergeant’s 3, those roles are reversed. Peter’s the mature one, and Dean is (and forever will be) the right-hand man. He also becomes “the silly friend”, which distinguishes him from Frank – whereas when Peter’s in the right-hand man position, he’s a little too similar to Frank, which almost makes them seem like competing leaders. This switch continues through to Robin and the 7 Hoods as well. Dean is Little John (the ultimate in right-hand men), and Alan A. Dale (who, in this case, is more educated – rather than wiser – and thus a bit more removed from the group) was originally written for Peter before he fell out of favor with Frank and was replaced by Bing Crosby. Such a role reversal between Dean and Peter fits (it plays to their strengths, diversifies the types, and takes away any competition for top dog from Frank) – but I like wise, sensible Dean. ❤ I wish he got to play that role more often.

    – My favorite parts will always be:

    ~ The cameos!

    ~ Sam and Jimmy while Jimmy’s on the phone with mother. ☺️

    ~ Bea and Sam’s discussion. ❤ (Again, Dean plays the world’s-best best friend…And you’re so right! He downplays it a little, but Sam only participates out of sheer loyalty.)

    ~ The discussion of what they’re gonna do with their money! 😆 “I think I’ll buy me some votes and go into politics.”…”That’s easy. Repeal the 14th and the 20th amendment. Take the vote away from the women and make slaves out of ‘em.” (which is technically awful, but I love how easily it rolls off his tongue! Sam’s had that fantasy saved up for a while!)…”Vote for Sam Harmon. Help stamp out mental health.” 😉

    (Notice how many of those moments involve Dean? ☺️)

    This was fun. 🙂 Thanks for inspiring me! ❤

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    1. I loved all your notes on both the documentary and the movie! I never noticed how the music reflects the characters in the opening titles, but now I’m going to have to watch it again with that in mind!

      (Btw, I would LOVE to read that post about the Rat Pack’s association with JFK!)

      Sammy was only 3 in that clip???

      I loooove “wise, sensible Dean” too.

      I also thought I’d take this opportunity to give you a few thoughts about Robin and the 7 Hoods, after seeing it for the first time!

      I thought the use of Edward G. Robinson as Big Jim was BRILLIANT, because EGR has such charisma and on-screen presence that even though Big Jim is only there for one scene, you can understand why Robbo would be loyal to him and all that. Great casting. Peter Falk was also great casting. SO funny.

      LOVED the songs. I’d forgotten it was a musical! The one that made me laugh the most was “Mr. Booze.” That whole scene reminded me of the ‘testimony’ scene in Guys & Dolls.

      Bing Crosby was really fun, though I did miss Peter Lawford.

      Was delighted by Shirley MacLaine’s cameo!

      My main quibble with the film, and the thing that kept me from loving it, was the unsatisfactory ending. SO unsatisfactory, with evil basically winning out. 😦 And I didn’t like that Marian turned out to be bad, because I always love Marian in different adaptions of Robin Hood. 😛

      But yeah, overall it was a really fun time and it was neat to pick up all the Robin Hood references and parallels. I’m glad you kept recommending it to me!

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      1. First, a retraction about Sammy: I think you’re right. He had to be seven, not three. The documentary says, “The three men (Sammy, his dad, and his uncle) had been performing together on stage, screen, and television since Davis was three years old.”, and then immediately launched into the beginning of that clip, so my brain assumed that was his first appearance as part of the trio. But you say seven, YouTube says seven, and in the full-length shots of his dancing, he definitely looks older than three. I’d love to see even earlier footage of him, though! 🙂

        Now, onto Robin and the 7 Hoods! 😀:

        – Wasn’t EGR known for starring in gangster movies as well, when he was younger? Regardless, it is a genius bit of casting. (He “didn’t have no enemies. He had a lot of friends who didn’t like him, but then you can’t please everybody.” 😉) And Peter Falk is all in! 😀 I’ve always wondered if he ad-libbed at least a little bit, because so much of his dialogue seems so spontaneous.

        – I used this film as my “work entertainment” yesterday so it would be fresh in my mind before replying to your comment, and I’m so glad I did! 😀 I always forget how much I love this film and how utterly happy it makes me. ❤ Seriously, I could gush about it forever – and the musical numbers are big reason why. Actually it’s probably not the best film to play while I’m working 🙈, because when it gets to a musical number, I have to stop and WATCH. ☺️ So much of the fun is in their expressions. Like in Mr. Booze (which is exactly the number I had in mind when I mentioned Guys & Dolls vibes 😊), Dean nearly loses his mind over Sammy (the “pick…pock-et”)! To his credit, he never actually breaks, but he comes so very close. 😀 It’s a small background moment that makes the whole thing even better. ❤ And that’s just one priceless example of many. You can train your eye on any of them in practically any number, and you’ll be treated to some little gem that adds to the overall experience.

        All the numbers are first rate, in my opinion, and the ones featuring Bing in particular give me good chills. 🤩 But if I were forced to choose only one, my favorite would have to be Style. (Confession: I clap with the guys at the end. ☺️ No matter how many times I watch it – and I could do so on repeat – I find it THAT delightful.) And I just HAVE to single out one little moment: when Dean tilts his hat…Hoo, baby! ❤ 😉

        – Theoretically, I also miss Peter – and Joey, too – simply because the whole gang’s not together without them. 😦 (And sometimes I like to imagine how it would be if Peter played Allen A. Dale as intended and Joey played Grisborne.) But honestly, when I’m actually watching it, I don’t miss them at all, because I love Bing that much. To have the most active members of the Pack share the screen with one of their main inspirations (and really, honor him in a way) is pure, irreplaceable gold. ❤ I don’t know who was responsible for this decision (my guess is Frank, honestly), but tailoring his role like they did and giving him such a chance to shine was both unselfish and brilliant. This film is a love letter of sorts to Bing’s persona and career: Style is a winking nod to his supposed lack of style (I don’t remember where I picked this up, but he may have even been color blind – regardless, he was never as sharply dressed as say, Fred Astaire, or even Frank or Dean). But of course, look who comes out on top in that number, anyway – because, “You’ve either got, or you haven’t got, charm.” (“Do you mind???”) ❤ Mr. Booze showcases his unflappable flair for improv (or, at least, flawlessly rolling with the punches – they’re all funny, but he is in COMMAND of that circus). ❤ ❤ And his most memorable numbers often featured kids, so you’ve got, “Don’t Be a Do-Badder”. (I can think of at least five very similar numbers off the top of my head. Like this one, they’re all highly staged and more than a little corny – but I’m a sucker for each and every one because he’s always so breezy, and natural, and GOOD.) ❤ ❤ ❤ Not only that, but he dances! 😀 (Bing was always insecure about his dancing – especially when paired alongside the likes of Fred Astaire, next to whom he’d always come up short. To compensate for his lack of technical expertise, his role in such routines often included cute, comedic moves, and he’d throw himself into them into an extra-animated way. But to me, that was always just as entertaining to watch, if not more so, because he’d go at it with such gusto. So, I LOVE that this one is built around him and his style – giving him a chance to shine in the spotlight with no partner other than the kids – to showcase how talented, and adorable, he really is in this area, too.)

        Not to mention, the way he talks is an exaggerated, yet incredibly impressive, tribute to Bing’s own extensive vocabulary and rapid-fire way with words. ❤ I can’t help but bow to the master. (I LOVE the looks on their faces when he first takes off! 😀 “You speak English?” 😆) And of course, the cherry on top is that Bing ALWAYS gets the girl. 😀 It’s a law of nature (even though the joke is, in this case, the girl isn’t really worth having). As I said in my Leading Men post, one of the things I love most about this movie is that Bing doesn’t try to steal the show (he fits into a supporting role perfectly well) – but in my opinion, he walks away with it, anyway. (After all, you’ve either got it, or you haven’t. 😉) ❤ And, just as a little personal note, another reason I love Bing so much in this because he symbolizes the role I think I’d play in the group. 😀 I’m not cool enough to hang with the Ocean’s 11 crowd. But I see Bing in this, and I can relate. “Oh, gee! I’m a hood!” 😉

        – Where did you spy Shirley MacLaine??? I read your comment before watching and tried to keep an eye out. One of Robbo’s girls (who delivers a can of money to Allen and Little John’s table) looks quite a bit like her, but I think she would’ve gotten more attention (like in Ocean’s 11). She’s not listed in IMDb either, but that’s not always a perfect record.

        There is minor player I wonder if you noticed. The guy who first says of Bing “I tink there’s somethin’ wrong with his troat” (I think his name is Six Seconds ☺️) is the funeral home in Ocean’s 11! 😀 Also, Bing’s son Phillip is the tall, blond hood. (I LOVE Bing’s double-take when Phillip offers him a chair and says, “Sit down, Pop.” 😉 They’re also seen together in the courtroom. Bing shushes him. ☺️)

        – Back to Maid Marian, the ending doesn’t really bother me, because although it is a bit cynical in presentation, I think the point it’s trying to make is simply, crime doesn’t pay. “Do-badders” (even those who try to do some good, like Robbo and his crew) don’t stay on top for long. Big Jim was once too dog, but got knocked out of the picture. The main three lost their “jobs”. Power changed hands so many times, and I don’t think it’s done – it’s just that the movie ended. But just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it won’t happen. I’d say Marian will eventually meet a version of her dad’s fate. (And of course, I don’t like to think of what this means for poor Bing! 😉) That’s why they advise “don’t be a do-badder”. (Of course, as catchy as that song is, it’s kind of troubling message in and of itself, if you really think about it. But I digress. ☺️) I really think it’s ultimately quite similar to Ocean’s 11 in that way. 🙂 Interestingly, we hear the three guys reprise the song at the very end, but they also recorded a version WITH Bing that I really wish had been used in the closing credits: https://youtu.be/XSsdKcOXmr8 You can’t get more charming. (There used to be a video that included ADORABLE behind-the-scenes shots of them recording together! ❤️)

        And speaking of Maid Marian, she’s played by Barbara Rush, who’s also Dean’s girlfriend in The Young Lions (which would’ve been about ten years before) – and they actually have a similar dynamic in that film 😀 (though they’re totally different characters under far more serious circumstances, of course). Lots of crackling tension. You don’t know if they’d rather slap each other or kiss. 😉

        Also, I really want Marian’s wardrobe! 😀 ESPECIALLY her pink dress, and that Christmasy she steps out in at the end. ❤

        – You mentioned Robin Hood references. I’ve been curious about that, and I’m glad I finally have an expert to consult. 🙂 I noticed the characters names and the clothes (all the greens and browns and reds). Are other references I missed? Does “folly me” mean anything?

        – Now that I’ve watched them both close together (thanks to you), I’m struck by the evolution from Ocean’s 11 to to this film. In Ocean’s, the whole gang’s together, and there’s this sense that something new is happening. They don’t quite know what they’re doing yet, but it’s fresh and exciting. By 7 Hoods, with Sergeants 3 under their belt as well, it’s a different deal. All the extras have fallen off, and the tried-and-true members who remain function like a well-oiled machine. They know their images, they know roles and what they each bring to the table. It’s not new anymore, but it’s pique perfection. And now that they’re so comfortable, they can really WOW, while also paying tribute to an even an even higher king (Bing). These three guys (Frank, Dean, and Sammy) would ride out this dynamic for the rest of their careers, and I think this film marks the beginning of that established phase.

        I think which of these you consider your favorite also depends on what you most enjoy watching them doing: practically being themselves (in Ocean’s 11, their subtlest picture), stretching their acting muscles while also trying their hands as action heroes (Sergeant’s 3), or playing into their images and pulling out all the stops in their only musical (Robin and the 7 Hoods). I love them all, but I guess I’d have to pick the latter. They are season artistic showmen at the very top of their game by this point, and I am ALL ABOUT IT. 🤩 Frank’s got his bemused, “only sane man” reactions perfected to an art (he’s more expressive and not TOO subtle here) and he’s never in better voice than in “My Kind of Town” (those high, full “myyys” are nothing short of exhilarating! ❤️). Dean is also the king of unspoken reactions (I love his seemingly surprised, nearly tickled double-take when Sammy says, “Why I do always have to answer the phone?”), flat out OWNS what’s probably the least showiest role of the three and makes it interesting, hilarious, and cool, plus gets to shoot pool (though we never see him full-on, he was quite skilled and could do trick shots). And Sammy gets to push his hyperactive energy to the absolute max and legit stop the show with a number that shows absolutely everything he could do (including impressions) short of playing the drums and trumpet, plus he’s SO funny (again, my favorite bit is the phone – “If there’s no phone here, I’m gonna leave here, ‘cause there’s just ringing 😆). Then, of course, there’s Bing and Peter Falk, who are generously given all kinds of room to shine, match the Pack beat for beat at the top of their own games, and unintentionally steal the show. ❤ Plus, amazingly, there’s still something real and grounded about it. (If you tuned in at one of the smaller or more dramatic moments, you’d have no idea – based on the performances – that it’s not a serious film.) And when you consider what was going on behind-the-scenes at the time (JFK’s assassination AND Frank Jr.’s kidnapping) it’s even more impressive (though unfortunately so). It’s another way these guys proved what they were made of as entertainers: despite the odds, they threw themselves into the job in front of them with all they had – and, in my opinion, produced even better results than the two before. 🤩

        I’m so glad you still enjoyed the film overall (even if you didn’t care for certain elements of it). ❤ I’m going to watch Sergeants 3 soon (either this weekend, or maybe as work entertainment on Monday), just to finish this surprise journey through the Rat Pack. It’s only right. 🙂 It’s on YouTube if you’d like to watch, too. This is the one that’s based on Gunga Din – unfortunate stereotypes, but still worth viewing. It’s got the whole gang (Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey), plus Howard da Silva again (Corneal from Ocean’s 11). And like I said, it’s interesting, and unique from the other two films, in that they’re not REALLY playing themselves (since it’s an adaption of an older film – they still bring their classic touch to the roles, of course, but it’s still the closest to full-blown acting), plus there’s action (though obvious stunt doubles do the trickier stuff), broad comedy, and some drama, too. 🤩 🙂

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      2. Ah okay, that makes way more sense about Sammy. XD He’s still INSANELY talented though!!

        Yes, EGR starred in gangster films back in the day. Like I said, such a genius casting choice. Him and Falk both. I love the Rat Pack, but if they don’t have a good villain to play off of, some of the fun is lost, y’know?

        Yep, I LOVE what Bing did with the role and how fun he was in it. I didn’t know his son was in it!! Now I’m gonna have to do a rewatch and keep my eyes open for him.

        Maybe I was mistaken about Shirley MacLaine? I could have sworn that look-alike was her, but the internet doesn’t seem to say anything about her being in the film. 😦

        I do get what you’re saying about the ending, though I still think it was really dissatisfying. Maybe a rewatch would change my mind though!

        Keep reminding me to watch The Young Lions. XD I really, really want to.

        I don’t know about ‘folly me’ and I don’t remember any very specific Robin Hood references, but I did feel as though a lot of the film was a fun treat for Robin Hood fans as well as Rat Pack fans!

        “Then, of course, there’s Bing and Peter Falk, who are generously given all kinds of room to shine, match the Pack beat for beat at the top of their own games, and unintentionally steal the show.” YASSSS.

        I’m looking forward to watching Sergeants 3!!

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      3. Sergeants 3 was my work entertainment today, and for the first time, I noticed a familiar face you’ll want to watch for…the funeral home guy from Ocean’s 11 / the “there’s something wrong with his throat” guy from Robin and the 7 Hoods is back again! 😀 He just looks (and sounds!) so different in this one, I think that’s why it took me this long to recognize him.

        The actor’s name is Hank Henry, and I think he’s the only person aside from Frank, Dean, and Sammy to appear in all three films. 🙂 I still haven’t caught his character’s name in Sergeants 3, but he plays poker with Dean and gives Sephie the “special remedy”.

        AND, three of Bing’s sons appear in this one. 🙂 They’re easy to spot. They’re the young privates, and they’ve got quite a bit to do. The bigger one with the most lines is Phillip, who was in Robin and the 7 Hoods, the other, slimmer blond is his twin Dennis (aside from the oldest son Gary, who isn’t in the movie, I think Dennis sounds, and probably looks, the most like Bing), and the slim brunette is the youngest, Lindsay.

        Also (not to overload you, but just so I don’t forget), here’s the best upload of The Young Lions I’ve found on YouTube so far: https://youtu.be/al-2XQIeieg

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      4. I wonder if that guy has any special connection to the Rat Pack?? Would be cool if so!

        As soon as I watch Sergeants 3 AND The Young Lions, I’ll give you allllll my thoughts. =)

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  3. I’ve only seen the remake … and the Ocean’s 12 sequel (which isn’t nearly as good). My parents saw and didn’t like the original a while back, and that’s a big part of why I never saw the original. That said, it looks like there are several actors in this movie who are worthy of a spotlight month at some point.

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    1. I can totally relate to the whole ‘parents didn’t like it so I didn’t watch it’ thing. =) I do think you’d enjoy this film if you saw it now though!

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  4. I really love the original. It’s unapologetically fun, everyone in the cast appears to be having a blast, and it really feels like just hanging out with a bunch of cool dudes. Dean Martin and Peter Lawford are particularly yummy here, and yeah, it’s just so awesome.

    Speaking of yummy, I tagged you here with the Mad About Ladd tag today. Play if you want to 🙂

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    1. It is really fun! I haven’t actually seen the newer one (although it’s on my to-watch list). You’d probably get a kick out of comparing the two. 😉

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  5. Aaaahhh! 😀 Thanks so much for the shoutout and the links! ❤ I love the post, too – though I feel I may have inspired a bit of a rant. 😉 Also, I don’t know if you’ve seen my latest comment in our conversation on my post, but my DVR did record it for me! 😀 I’m SO looking forward to rewatching. Also, there’s a documentary called “The Ocean’s 11 Story” (about The Rat Pack and the making of the movie) available on Prime Video I’d like to try, too. 🙂 I’ll take notes on both and report back! 😉

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    1. Heehee! Our chat in the comments did inspire me to finally write my review and get it out into the world. ❤

      Enjoy your rewatch!!! I wish I could be there with you (SOMEDAY). Oooh, and that documentary sounds fascinating. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

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  6. So if we have the Rat Pack from the 1960s, the Brat Pack from the 1980s, and the Frat Pack (or so Wikipedia informs me) from the 1990s, then who is the Snack Pack???

    I love that shot of all the guys strolling down the sidewalk with their dark suits and cigarettes. “Look at us, totally not about to commit a crime. Nothing to see here. Move on along.”

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    1. Lol! Maybe it’s you and me, pal. XD

      While that particular shot comes from the final scene of the film, right after they’ve all been bamboozled, you described the gang’s general mindset verrrry accurately, heehee.

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    1. Gonna be totally honest: I have not seen the remake! Although I want to. If/when I do see it though, I’d happily write a blog post comparing the two.

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