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Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 24 June 1964 (USA)
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In Chicago, during the Prohibition, two rival gangs compete for control of the city's rackets.

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Gordon Douglas
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Robbo
Dean Martin ... John
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Will
Bing Crosby ... Allen A. Dale
Peter Falk ... Guy Gisborne
Barbara Rush ... Marian
Victor Buono ... Sheriff Potts
Hank Henry ... Six Seconds
Robert Foulk ... Sheriff Glick
Allen Jenkins ... Vermin
Jack La Rue ... Tomatoes (as Jack LaRue)
Robert Carricart ... Blue Jaw
Joseph Ruskin ... Twitch
Phil Arnold ... Hatrack
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Soupmeat
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In Prohibition-era Chicago, the murder of mob boss Big Jim Stevens leaves a vacuum at the top. As the murder was orchestrated by Gisborne - one of Big Jim's underlings - with the assistance of Sheriff Glick and Deputy Sheriff Potts, who were also in Big Jim's back pocket, Gisborne plans to take over. However, Big Jim would have wanted Robbo, who he treated like a son, to take over. As such, a gangland war ensues, with Robbo having among his men an Indiana pool hustler named Little John, and Will, a sharp shooter. What happens between the two gangs is affected by Marian Stevens, Big Jim's beautiful and sophisticated daughter, who inherited her father's ambition and has more criminal smarts than her father. Among Marian's wants is for her father's murder to be avenged. Marian's intervention into the matter leads to Robbo and his band of merry men gaining some legitimacy within the Chicago public mindset, he giving some of his profits and the profits of others to the less fortunate. But ... Written by Huggo

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Like we've taken the Robin Hood legend and changed the bows and arrows to machine guns! ... Like with songs yet! ... Like WILD!

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Comedy | Crime | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robin and the Seven Hoods See more »

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Gross USA:

$9,810,000
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Guy Gisborne character laments, "They made this guy Robbo famous, like a Mickey Mouse." This dates the period. Mickey Mouse made his first appearance on November 18, 1928 in a Steamboat Willie cartoon. See more »

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When Will (Sammy Davis Jr.) is shooting up the casino, he fires more shots than either gun holds (12 from one, 11 from the other). See more »

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Allen A. Dale: Mr. Booze! Mr. B-double-O-Z-E... don't ever choose!...
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Version of The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952) See more »

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All for One and One for All
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Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Peter Falk & Chorus
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Tuneful, Light-hearted Prohibition-Era Robin Hood Spoof...
31 May 2004 | by cariartSee all my reviews

ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS, last of the 'official' Rat Pack trilogy, was undeniably the best of the series (OCEAN'S ELEVEN, a glossy but ultimately standard 'B' movie about a Las Vegas casino heist had been filmed, between the Pack's nightclub appearances, in 1960, and SERGEANTS 3, a so-so comic Western cavalry remake of GUNGA DIN, appeared in 1963), and with tunes by the legendary Jimmy Van Heusen, it was the only film that gave it's legendary stars a chance to perform in the format best suited to them...an old-fashioned movie musical.

Set in Prohibition Chicago, the spoof of the Robin Hood legends offered Frank Sinatra as Robbo, favorite 'lieutenant' of murdered crime boss 'Big Jim' (unbilled Edward G. Robinson), who 'takes on' successor Guy Gisborne (a very funny Peter Falk) and his 'right-hand' man, Sheriff Alvin Potts (Victor Buono, also excellent), for control of the city. A likable gangster with a code of ethics, Robbo, and his pal, Will (Sammy Davis, Jr), are soon joined by 'new-in-town' grifter, Little John (Dean Martin), who easily beats Robbo in a game of pool (while harmonizing about being faithful to one's mother!). Meanwhile, a beautiful, mysterious woman (Barbara Rush) appears, introducing herself as Marian Stevens, with links to Big Jim, and an agenda of her own...

The arrival of milquetoast accountant Allen A. Dale (Bing Crosby, having a ball playing 'against type') with a scheme to turn public sentiment against Guy Gisborne and the Sheriff, through charity and 'good works', quickly brands Robbo as a hero who would steal from the rich to give to the poor, and Chicago adores him, driving Gisborne NUTS! As plots are hatched to discredit Robbo, body counts rise, and Marian proves the most duplicitous of all, in her quest to gain power.

While the plot summary doesn't sound particularly amusing, the film, with it's 'tongue-in-cheek' tone, is much closer in spirit to GUYS AND DOLLS than GOODFELLAS. With Sinatra, Crosby, Martin, and Davis crooning a rousing "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat"-style mission number, "Mr. Booze", Davis singing and dancing to machine-gun volleys, and Sinatra performing what would become one of his 'signature' tunes, "Chicago (My Kind of Town)", the music is all first-rate, with the dramatic elements all played for laughs.

As Marian ends up with a surprising new 'mob boss', and Frank, Dino, and Sammy are reduced to pan-handling (but happy) "Santa Clauses", ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS leaves viewers with a smile, and the Rat Pack with a film finally worthy of their considerable talents.

Not a bad legacy, at all!


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