Sergeants 3 Reviews
The action opens in the isolated town of Medicine Bend when renegade Indians belonging to a fraction called the Ghost Dancers massacre the town. Before they manage to kill everyone, the whites manage to wire the U.S. Cavalry and Col. William Collingwood (Dick Simmons) dispatches a detail of troopers under the command of Sergeant Mike Merry (Frank Sinatra of "Ocean's 11"), Sergeant Chip Deal (Dean Martin of "Some Came Running"), and Sergeant Larry Barrett (Peter Lawford of "Good News") to check things out. Our heroes arrive in time to shoot it out with the Indians and blow up some Indians. In the process, Sinatra gets to do some riding and shooting, something that he'd never done in a movie. The money scene occurs in a careening, runaway wagon when Sinatra and Martin tangle with a few Indians, and Sinatra is struck, falls off the wagon, and clings to the wagon as it drags him along and performs an abbreviated version of the famous Yakima Canutt stunt in "Stagecoach." Yes, that's really Frank Sinatra being dragged under the wagon.
The second half concerns Barrett's decision to leave the service and marry Amelia Parent (Ruta Lee) and the shenanigans of Merry and Deal to thwart his plans to wed, return to the East, and read law. One of those antics involves finding the hiding place of those savages who wiped out Medicine Bend. In the middle of all this is Jonah Williams (Sammy Davis, Jr) who desperately wants to be a trooper. Billy May's music is so tame that you could put yourself to sleep listening to it. Elmer Bernstein might have injected some life into the proceedings. The cavalry clash with the Indians and the funny ending made the second half bearable. Henry Silva is good as the villainous Mountain Hawk.
There is a lot wrong with this film. First starting with the script. It has these characters all over the place and you never have the sense that these guys were army buddies. It hurts me to say this, but fucking Sinatra is phoning this one in from Hoboken it seems like. half the time he is just staring off into space and when he does have dialogue its like acting 101 coming out of his mouth. Nobody played drunk better than Dean Martin, and in this he is doing a really awful impression of himself. Sammy Davis Jr. as the idiot black guy just trying to be part of the team is just to silly. I kept waiting for him to just slip and call Sinatra "Massa". I can not stand Peter Lawford, never have. He is not a good actor. He has a swanky british accent, thats it. Sinatra never liked Lawford and the only reason he was ever able to get into this group was because he was Frank's in to get to become friends with JFK. Same thing with Ocean's 11, he just fucking bugs me. Just a real boring Western. When it comes to Frank and Dean I can usuaslly look past it, but this movie is just that bad.
Why anyone thought Henry Silva could play an evil Indian is mind boggling.