Here's another one for the Lounge."
AIN’T THAT A KICK IN THE HEAD
By ~ Robert J Randisi
OCEAN’S 11 is seen, by and large, by movie critics over the years as a bad film. And by that I mean, the original “Ocean’s 11.” In fact, in recent conversations with a producer who is interested in turning the books into a TV series he mentioned George Clooney’s Ocean’s 11, I mentioned the original film. He asked, “You mean, there was another one?” This man claims to be a Rat Pack fan.
Well, there was an original Ocean’s 11 film and, as a Rat Pack film, it’s the best. (You wanna talk about bad films? Try “Robin and The 7 Hoods,” and “Sergeant’s 3.” Fun? Yes. Good films? No.) As for Ocean’s 11 being a bad film, I contest that finding.
Peter Lawford found the script and brought it to Frank, who saw it as a great opportunity for them all to make a film together. The story of Danny Ocean and his former military unit robbing three Vegas casinos is clever. The sub-plots—Danny’s relationship with his wife, Tony Bergdorf’s heart condition and his desire to leave something behind for his son, are compelling. And the relationships between the characters are heart warming. Even Duke Santos’ impending marriage to Josh’s (Lawford’s) mother and the way it brings Duke into the robbery is clever.
There are two songs in Ocean’s 11. Dean sings “Ain’t That a Kick In The Head,” and Sammy does a cool rendition of “Eee-o-eleven” Both songs work in a way I believe many songs in a musical don’t.
I think the pieces of this movie fit together perfectly, and it’s because my opinion of the film is higher than most critics I decided to make it the centerpiece of not only one Rat Pack book, but the second, as well. In both books the movie is the reason the Rat Pack is in Vegas, where they ultimately need Eddie’s intervention to save the day.
As a result of the books “Ocean’s 11” means even more to me today.
(c) 2011 AT THE BIJOU debut ~ Author Robert J Randisi
"Absolutely*Kate said you'd be swingin' Randisi.
Man oh man, you know your stuff."
~ Frank, Dean, Sammy, Joey, Peter and the six other cool guys
~ with a luscious wink from Angie and Shirley
|RJR under that hat? Or Eddie G?|
So Absolutely*Kate heard from pit boss Eddie G that reading all six of Robert J Randisi's RAT PACK MYSTERIES until lucky number seven rolls out, is a real good gamble.
Bet your bottom dollar she'd blow on another man's dice over that tip. Luck be that lady tonight. She's hosting the RAT PACK REVUE . . . AT THE BIJOU. How lucky does it get?
|F O O T N O T E ~ W A L K S T H E W A L K|
There's more Robert J Randisi musings,
with the razz-a-ma-tazz of BIJOU authors
Eric Beetner, Paul D Brazill,
Kevin Michaels, Julie Morgan,
Sean Patrick Reardon, Anthony Venutolo
and that Absolutely*Kate
These are tough guys to get tough with.
Now ain't that a kick in the head?
RAT PACK SHOWS
PLAYING AT THE BIJOU
Saturday Matinees too.
Be there or be square.
AT THE BIJOU
Always swell to see you here.
and our swanky staff of renown
THE PACK DON'T WANT YA TO MISS A SHOW:
Sinatra: "If power doesn't mean that you have the opportunity to work with the people that you love, then you haven't really got any."
Opening Night: "RAT PACK REVUE TO YOU"
RAT PACK REVUE: ROBERT J RANDISI TAKES THE STAGE
RAT PACK REVUE: "How Did All These People Get Into My Room?" By Robert J Randisi, working the lounge before he hits the main room
RAT PACK REVUE: "Who's Got The Action" By Kevin Michaels, knowin' more than the night club scene
RAT PACK REVUE: "STAR" By Julie Morgan, hitchin' TinselTown to a dick's star
RAT PACK REVUE: "OH SOUL O'MIO" By Absolutely*Kate, mirroring more than Dorsey
~ ON OUR SWANKY STAGE ~
BIJOU AUTHORS ~ ERIC BEETNER ~ PAUL BRAZILL ~ KEVIN MICHAELS ~ ANTHONY VENUTOLO ~ and ABSOLUTELY*KATE
BIJOU DEBUT ~ JULIE (LEWTHWAITE) MORGAN ~ SEAN PATRICK REARDON
PLUS STAGE AFTER PAGE AGAIN ~ OUR HEADLINER ~
MORE OF RAT PACK MYSTERY AUTHOR ROBERT J RANDISI
WITH A FINALE OF AN RJR INTERVIEW (or Roast?) AT THE BIJOU
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PLAY GOOD TUNES.
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Presentation by ~ humble promoter Absolutely*Kate, AT THE BIJOU
Photos and songs to swing to from the ORIGINAL Ocean's 11, the best one!