Thursday, September 9, 2010

Four For Texas

It's considered the third of four Rat Pack movies produced in the sixties, but in this one, only Frank and Dean represent the group, which is missing Sammy, not to mention Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Released in 1963, Four For Texas also featured romantic interests Anita Ekberg and Ursula Andress, and villain Charles Bronson, plus The Three Stooges.

Frank and Dean play rival rogue types who join forces against a bad guy played by Bronson, and a corrupt banker played by Victor Buono, who also appeared in the final Rat Pack film, Robin and the Seven Hoods.

Other cast members in small roles are some actors known to movie and TV fans. They include Yaphet Kotto, who starred as a James Bond villain in Live and Let Die, Richard Jaeckel of The Dirty Dozen, and Ellen Corby, who played the grandma on The Waltons.

One more credit of note involved the Four For Texas music score, which was created by Frank's favorite arranger, the great Nelson Riddle.