Musing on Celebrity
While channel surfing this morning, we came across Robin and the Seven Hoods, a 1964 musical lightly inspired by the legends of Robin Hood, crossed with Damon Runyon. It wasn’t a particular good movie or musical, but was filled with a terrific cast. Check out the names: Sinatra. Sammy. Dean. Bing. Falk. I don’t even have to spell them out, we know who they are. The rest of the cast is filled with delightful character actors from an ancient Edward G. Robinson to a youthful Victor Buono.
During one number, I tried to imagine who would be cast in a modern day remake. I failed to come up with a similar caliber of talent that could be united for a splashy production.
The Rat Pack, and this was most certainly a Rat Pack era film, really represented a generation of performer who became a star through virtue of their talent. Sure, there were personal scandals plus the rising and falling of fame, but stick them all in a musical and you know people were as excited to see them together as we are anticipating this summer’s blockbuster.
They’re having fun, it shows through in a way similar to the fun the cast had making the recent Ocean’s Eleven. Still, it’s kind of sad to realize an entire class of star is gone now, and has never really been replaced.