Las Vegas, Nevada— Always an international vacation hot spot. Las Vegas is a glitzy weekend retreat primarily for Southern Californians looking for gambling and entertainment. The organized crime visitors from Chicago and New York stand out like strangers in a land from the toned, tanned Angelinos. But the word is getting out to the rest of the U.S. Risqué tales of huge gambling jackpots and topless showgirls appear in East Coast and Midwest newspapers. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin talked up Las Vegas on network TV appearances, but the one thing that is really putting Las Vegas in the forefront of America’s cultural barometer is… a movie.
Oceans 11 is a heist film starring the infamous Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. It is filmed at the famous Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The Rat Pack stayed at the Sands and performed nightly in the Copa Room while the movie was being filmed. The heist in the film wasn’t the only heist that happened at the famous Sands Hotel that week.
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