Cinema: The Mafia, with Music

Robin and the 7 Hoods is less ex citing than Little Caesar, less convincing than The Roaring Twenties, and less tuneful than Guys and Dolls. Proceeding on the reckless assumption that an old movie made over is better than no movie at all, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. pretend to be vintage Chicago hipsters who rob the rich and give to the poor—though the poor slobs who can't share the fun without buying a ticket may wonder whether it isn't the other way around. The actors snap, their fingers at the plot, and Bing Crosby pops in from...

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