Sergeants 3

Suggested by Timothy Lane • A Rat Pack retelling of Gunga Din set in the 1870’s West, three cavalry officers (Sinatra, Martin, Lawford, with Sammy as a wannabe trooper) work together to thwart a Native American chief intent on uniting local tribes against the white man.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    The interesting thing about this film is that it is hard to find. I can’t find where it’s available for streaming. DVDs on Amazon are quite expensive although used copies can be found for about $25.00. You can watch the whole thing from free on YouTube although it’s a low-resolution copy.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    One little oopsie here (it would be nice if Brad can fix it). The other sergeant is Peter Lawford; Sammy Davis, Jr. is a servant who wants to become a trooper. and gets his wish in the end. (Incidentally, Lawton and Davis were the main guest stars in “The Night of the Returning Dead” from The Wild Wild West. At the end, West and Gordon suggest that Davis join the Secret Service, but he decides not to. Superb episode. Too bad they never had Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin.)

    There are only a few things I remember from the movie. It starts with Indians destroying a town, whose telegrapher is killed while sending an emergency message. At the nearest fort, the commander tells his men — or at least the sergeants — that the message seems to refer to Indians and nothing further has been heard. They check, and come back with artifacts that point to some sort of Indian cult. (In the novelization of the movie, it’s called “Wanaga Wacipi”).

    Sergeant Lawford is planning to retire to get married, but has to re-enlist to help rescue one of the others, captured by the Indians. At the end, he and his wife head out in a carriage. The commander of the fort orders him to be arrested as a deserter, but they just laugh. (I had the impression, watching as a child, that he expected as much and didn’t really mean the order too seriously.)

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