Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964)




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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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Bing Crosby
as Allen A. Dale
Peter Falk
as Guy Gisborne
Victor Buono
as Sheriff Potts
Barry Kelley
as Police Chief
Hank Henry
as Six Seconds
Jack LaRue
as Tomatoes
Hans Conried
as Mr. Ricks
Sig Rumann
as Hammacher
Robert Foulk
as Sheriff Glick
Sonny King
as Robbo's Hood
Phillip Crosby
as Robbo's Hood
Richard Bakalyan
as Robbo's hood
Phil Arnold
as Hatrack
Harry Swoger
as Soup Meat
Bernard Fein
as Charlie Bananas
Carol Hill
as Cocktail Waitress
Diane Sayer
as `Booze' Witness
William Zuckert
as Prosecutor
Richard Simmons
as Prosecutor
Maurice Manson
as Dignitary
Harry Wilson
as Gisborne's hood
Joe Brooks
as Gisborne's Hood
Dick Simmons
as Prosecutor
Richard Sinatra
as Gisborne's Hood
Roger Creed
as Gisborne's Hood
Carolyn Morin
as House Guard
Eddie Ness
as Lawyer
Al Silvani
as Robbo's hood
Linda Brent
as Woman Derelict
Mickey Finn
as Barkeeper
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All Critics (10)


August 13, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Great fun is this Rat Pack musical comedy set in the 1930s.

February 18, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

Surprisingly entertaining old-style musical. A last hurrah for Crosby who gets the best material.

August 24, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

A silly, guilty pleasure romp; forget the acting just watch the Rat Packers have a blast.

October 23, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Saddled by an endless procession of awful musical numbers

January 8, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Robin and the Seven Hoods

one of the most fun films Ive ever seen. the music was great and the actors just looked like they had fun making this one. One of my favorites of all time.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

A face-off between two Chicago prohibition mobsters at its core, the movie is soaked to the brim with the suave and verve of the sixties and the unforgettable rat pack. Excpect off-the-wall and someimes quite explicit one-liners when Dino & Co let their charm ooze of the screen. While some musical numbers feel very much pushed into place, as soon as the boys start singing in duets or triplets, old school magic happens and it is a delight to see numbers featuring Frank, Dean & Bing performing together. Peter Falk shows why he is severely underrated, especially when it comes to campy comedy. The female actrors make for a nice decoration, I guess that fits a movie by the Boys Club that was the late Rat Pack.

Henrik Schunk
Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer


Frank, Dean and Sammy in a wacky retelling of Robin Hood. Throw in Bing Crosby and Peter Faulk and have Nelson Riddle do all songs and musical arrangements, how could you not have a good time.

Keith Munley
Keith Munley

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