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Robin and the Seven Hoods
     

Robin and the Seven Hoods

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Director: Gordon M. Douglas

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.

 

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The Rat Pack packed it in after this sprightly musical comedy that owes more than it should to Damon Runyon's stories and Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows's classic musical Guys and Dolls. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's bright and snappy score features such songs as "Style," "Bang-Bang" and the Sinatra standard "My Kind of Town." Set in 1920s Chicago, the tale

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The Rat Pack packed it in after this sprightly musical comedy that owes more than it should to Damon Runyon's stories and Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows's classic musical Guys and Dolls. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's bright and snappy score features such songs as "Style," "Bang-Bang" and the Sinatra standard "My Kind of Town." Set in 1920s Chicago, the tale begins during a birthday party for head mobster Big Jim (Edward G. Robinson) who is shot to death during the celebration. Rival gangster Guy Gisbourne (Peter Falk) immediately declares himself the chief gangster. The northside gang, headed by Robbo (Frank Sinatra) is willing to grant Guy his self-declared title as long as he leaves the northside territory alone. Guy refuses and when small time hood Little John (Dean Martin) joins Robbo's crew, turf warfare breaks out between the two gangs, resulting in the destruction of both Robbo and Guy's nightclubs. Meanwhile, Big Jim's daughter Marian (Barbara Rush) offers Robbo $50,000 to find the man who killed her father. Robbo demurs and gives the money to his henchman Will (Sammy Davis Jr.) to get rid of. Will, hoping to do a good deed, hands the money over to Allen A. Dale (Bing Crosby), who runs an orphanage. Allen, finding out that the money came from Robbo, informs the newspapers of Robbo's philanthropic enterprise and Robbo immediately becomes a local celebrity, referred to as Chicago's Robin Hood. For his part, Robbo is willing to go along with the publicity. On the romantic front, although Robbo is attracted to Marian, he gives her the brush-off when he finds she is using a charitable foundation as a front for a counterfeiting ring being run by herself and Little John. Robbo tells Marian to leave town. Instead, she hooks up with Guy, proposing that he kill both Robbo and Little John.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
"Breezy" isn't the first word that always comes to mind when dealing with gangster films, but it's applicable to Robin and the Seven Hoods, a decidedly lighthearted little excursion into gang territory. "Bizarre" also applies, but the film is so innocuous that the oddness doesn't get in the way. Rat Pack fans will be the most delighted by Robin, but while it certainly helps to like the kind of in-jokes that permeate the film, even those "not in the know" will find it enjoyable, if awkwardly structured and a bit long. The Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen score has some truly atrocious lyrics, but composer Van Heusen knew how to write for this cast, and the songs fit very well with their voices and styles. Frank Sinatra is in his full mid-'60s mode, tossing off lines carelessly and giving an effortless, relaxed performance -- as do Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, leaving the field clear for Sammy Davis Jr. to supply pep and vitality. Fortunately, the relaxed nature of so much of the cast comes across as sheer ease, and the leads all seem to just be having fun. All of this allows Peter Falk to practically walk away with the film with his wonderful Gisborne, and walk he does. Robin runs out of steam before its finish and could easily have stood to lose 15 minutes, but it's a genial and amusing little time capsule.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
UPC:
0883929007578
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
9,271

Special Features

Commentary by Frank Sinatra, Jr.; Vintage featurette What They Did to Robin Hood; Cast/filmmaker profiles; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Robbo
Dean Martin John
Sammy Davis Will
Peter Falk Guy Gisborne
Bing Crosby Allen A. Dale
Barbara Rush Marian
Victor Buono Sheriff Potts
Hank Henry Six Second
Jack LaRue Tomatoes
Robert Foulk Sheriff Glick
Phillip Crosby Hood
Robert Carricart Blue Jaw
Phil Arnold Hatrack
Linda Brent Woman Derelict
Joe Brooks Actor
Hans Conried Mr. Ricks
Roger Creed Gisborne's Hood
Jerry Davis Actor
Bernard Fein Charlie Bananas
Joe Gray Actor
Barry Kelley Police Chief
Larry D. Mann Workman
Maurice Manson Dignitary
Boyd "Red" Morgan Actor
Manuel Padilla Actor
Tony Randall Hood
Sig Rumann Hammacher
Diane Sayer "Booze" Witness
Frank Scannell Lawyer
Mark Sherwood Boy
Dick Simmons Prosecutor
Richard Sinatra Actor
Al Wyatt Actor
William Zuckert Actor
Chris Hughes Jud
John Pedrini Actor
Eddie Ness Actor
Thom Conroy Actor
Ronnie Dayton Man
Allen Jenkins Vermin
Joseph Ruskin Twitch
Harry Swoger Soup Meat
Richard Bakalyan Robbo's hood
Al Silvani Robbo's hood
Harry Wilson Gisborne's hood
Edward G. Robinson Big Jim
Mickey Finn Barkeeper

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Jack Baker Choreography
Gordon Bau Makeup
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Sammy Cahn Score Composer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
LeRoy G. Deane Production Designer
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard W. Koch Executive Producer
John Fenton Murray Screenwriter
Sam O'Steen Editor
Nelson Riddle Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
David R. Schwartz Screenwriter
Frank Sinatra Producer
James VanHeusen Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Robin and the 7 Hoods
1. Rat-a-tat Credits [2:08]
2. Happy Birthday, Big Jim [2:41]
3. Right Guy For the Job [3:34]
4. All For One [1:31]
5. Robbo Returns [2:09]
6. Gone to the Big G [3:47]
7. The Club [2:54]
8. Little John's Challenge [2:07]
9. Any Man Who Loves His Mother [2:26]
10. Kicking Over the Table [2:17]
11. Bustin' Up the Joints [4:10]
12. Bang Bang [5:05]
13. Renovations [3:20]
14. Marian's Request [4:48]
15. Arranging a Catastrophe [4:19]
16. Cornerstone Kind of Guy [3:35]
17. Making Her Big Move [2:46]
18. Page-One News [4:04]
19. Allen A. Dale [4:41]
20. Hear Ye, Hear Ye [:50]
21. Style [2:53]
22. Charlotte Couldn't Charleston [5:40]
23. An Official Raid [1:17]
24. Instant Revival [2:37]
25. Mr. Booze [3:23]
26. Framed [6:55]
27. Solid Citizen Testimony [2:02]
28. Don't Be a Do-Badder [3:29]
29. Post Time [4:28]
30. The Verdict [2:57]
31. My Kind of Town [1:52]
32. Some Changes Made [3:02]
33. Give and Take [2:02]
34. Her Hit List [2:42]
35. Ta-ta, Sheriff Potts [5:00]
36. Women's League... [2:43]
37. Three Saints [3:25]
38. Don't Be a Do-Badder: Cast List [1:41]

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Robin and the Seven Hoods 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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My favorite all-time movie. You couldn't afford to make a movie with this all star cast again even if they were alive. The songs are great, the lines funny, there's a laugh a minute. Its a tribute to the best actors of their time, a movie that you can easily see that they enjoyed making.