Robin and the 7 Hoods

“I think there’s something wrong with his throat.”

It seemed fitting for Jack Warner and Warner Bros. to stick with a gangster picture for their big 60s musical. The fact that they tied the Robin Hood character into it was a pretty clever way to put a twist on it and make it stand out. And, of course, bringing Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack on board made perfect sense – Frank, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. were all amazing singers. But how well would it work out?

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Robin Hood series with Gordon Douglas’s 1964 film Robin and the 7 Hoods.

We talk about what works in the film for us and what doesn’t. We look at Sinatra and debate how much he’s bringing to the project and why it was a particularly difficult film for him to finish. We chat about the musical numbers and if any song is as memorable as ‘My Kind of Town,’ the most notable of the lot. And we look at how the film works in the mythology of Robin Hood and how the changes work.

It’s an interesting and unique film in the telling of Robin Hood that often doesn’t work but which they’re always doing their best to make it fun. We have a good time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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