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Ocean’s Eleven (1960)

You wouldn’t call it a gang. Just Danny Ocean and his 11 pals – the night they blew all the lights in Las Vegas!

Sands casino Sinatra is his least appealing alter ego. He is cocky, smug and vulgar, as he consorts with his showbiz pals on stage and with some dubious individuals off it.


Nevertheless, it’s compelling to watch Sinatra strut through this slick heist caper, which was offered to him by Clan confederate and presidential brother-in-law, Peter Lawford, who also found roles for fellow Rat Packers Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Joey Bishop, as war veterans plotting to hit five casinos during a New Year’s Eve blackout.

The Chairman of the Board ran the show behind the scenes and it’s tempting to think that his superficial depiction against the gaudy glamour of early 60s Las Vegas was disgruntled director Lewis Milestone’s sly revenge.

Danny Ocean
Frank Sinatra
Sam Harmon
Dean Martin
Josh Howard
Sammy Davis Jr
Jimmy Foster
Peter Lawford
Beatrice Ocean
Angie Dickinson
Anthony Bergdorf
Richard Conte
Duke Santos
Cesar Romero
Adele Ekstrom
Patrice Wymore
‘Mushy’ O’Connors
Joey Bishop
Spyros Acebos
Akim Tamiroff
Roger Corneal
Henry Silva
Red Skelton
Jack Strager
George Raft
Mrs Restes
Ilka Chase
Vince Massler
Buddy Lester
George ‘Curly’ Steffans
Richard Benedict
Grace Bergdorf
Jean Willes
Peter Rheimer
Norman Fell
Louis Jackson
Clem Harvey
Mr Kelly
Hank Henry
Sheriff Wimmer
Robert Foulk
Laura Cornell
Timmy Bergdorf
Ronnie Dapo
Major Taylor
Gaylord Pendleton
Joan Staley
Gregory Gaye
Don Barry
Mr Cohen
Charles Meredith
De Wolfe
Louis Quinn
Anne Neyland
William Justine

Lewis Milestone