Okay, forget Ocean's 11 (the original). Forget even the sublime Robin and the Seven Hoods. For me, the primo Rat Pack flick, the one that truly catches the whole martini-soaked ring-a-ding-ding ambience of the world's most exclusive men's club is -- a western? Yup, it's the completely bonkers 1962 Sergeant's 3; I bring this up because it's on Turner Classic Movies tonight (10 pm EST) and lord knows, if ever a movie justified the invention of TiVo, this one's it. (If you don't have cable, order the DVD here -- trust me, you won't regret it).
Did I say bonkers? Well, here's the plot summary (courtesy of the DVD box):
"Mike (Frank Sinatra), Chip (Dean Martin) and Larry (Peter Lawford) are three lusty brawling U. S. Cavalry sergeants stationed in Indian Territory in 1870. Mike and Chip are determined to prevent Larry from carrying out his decision to leave the Army at the end of his current hitch and marry beautiful Amelia Parent (60s sex bomb Ruta Lee -- woo hoo!). One night the three cronies befriend a trumpet-playing(!) former slave Jonah Williams (Sammy Davis Jr), who dreams of someday becoming a trooper..."
Sounds vaguely familiar? You got it, folks -- it's a remake of everybody's favorite Imperialist classic Gunga Din.
Which means, of course, that this man --
-- is actually playing this character.
As Christina Applegate famously said on Married With Children -- the mind wobbles. In any case, it's clearly Must See TV....