plays hard-luck electrician Tony Bergdorf. Just out of San Quentin, he has his
doubts (122K WAV) about Danny Ocean's scheme.
But some bad news on the health front (68K WAV)
convinces Tony that this is his best (and last) shot at providing for his boy
Timmy's military school education.
A stunning Angie Dickinson plays Beatrice Ocean, Danny's wife. The Ocean
marriage is, in the parlance of the day, on the rocks. When Danny's best chum
Sam Harmon, played by Dino, asks what went wrong, Bea sums it up succinctly (41K
WAV), and goes on to explain that the Ocean
household falls somewhat short of a home (27K WAV) and that Danny -- whose middle name is danger
(126K WAV) -- has her longing for a more stable
life (36K WAV).
Although he still loves Bea deeply, Danny, of course, wants to proceed with his
boldest gamble ever. He points out that the skills he and his pals picked up in
the 82nd Airborne should still be worth something (41K WAV) in a peacetime economy, and he choreographs the
New Year's Eve heist with the greatest precision. As for danger, Danny's
reasoning (50K WAV) is characteristically blunt.
Cocktails are imbibed and cigarettes smoked with an air of great panache by
Frankie, Dino and the rest of the eleven ... Peter Lawford, Henry Silva, Norman
Fell and Joey Bishop (as a retired boxer!) among others.
Sammy Davis Jr. plays Josh, winner of the DSM with the 82nd Airborne, but a
garbageman in his post-war life. His dreams of playing big-league ball shot down
by the color of his skin and his visual handicap (36K WAV), Josh
makes do driving a truck and singing to entertain his garbage pals in dumps on
the outskirts of Vegas.
Romero, while not one of the eleven, lends his formidable presence to the
proceedings as Jock Santos, a gangster-gone-straight -- engaged to become the
sixth husband (126K WAV) of Peter
dizzy, but very rich, mother -- who sniffs out the boys' scheme and does his best
to separate them from the loot.
The twists and turns of the plot are many. Danny tries to make nice with Bea
by promising a dirty weekend away after the big score. Bea is flabbergasted
(104K WAV) but Danny doesn't see anything amiss (32K WAV) in his
OK -- So Danny's sexual politics are a little unenlightened, but he's trying.
Here he waxes humanitarian (108K WAV) when discussing a proposal for the kind of
contribution he'd like to make to world peace.
Would it surprise you to learn things don't go quite right, or that Tony
Bergdorf is the one things go wrong for most(99K WAV)? But
hey, I'm not here to give the story away completely.