Frank Sinatra and the members of his famous Rat Pack — Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop — star in this comical retelling of the 1939 classic Gunga Din, transplanted to the 1870s American West. Joined by freed slave Jonah Williams (Davis), the trio of eponymous sergeants (Sinatra, Martin and Lawford) take on an American Indian chief intent on consolidating tribes and knocking off every paleface in sight.
One of Hollywood’s top action directors of the late 1950s and 1960s, John Sturges, for a time, was a name associated almost exclusively with large-scale action-adventure films. A one-time assistant in RKO’s blueprint department, Sturges spent most of his early career in the studio’s art department and editing room (an especially productive department, where directors Robert Wise and Mark Robson also got their starts), before joining David O. Selznick as a production assistant and later as an editor. He became a director in the U.S. Army Air Force, making documentary and training films, including Thunderbolt, in collaboration with veteran director William Wyler. He returned to Hollywood as a director and, for a time, made successful if fairly undistinguished films (mostly action or suspense) until 1954, when he took on Bad Day at Black Rock. Sturges, who had shown a knack for working with the increasingly difficult Spencer Tracy (in The People Against O’Hara), coaxed a great performance… read more