The Civil War has ended, and Reynolds is seduced away from his career as a gambler by the lovely Dickinson. She wants him to help her recover a quarter of a million dollars worth of gold bars stolen by her late husband. The gold now lies on the bottom of Colorado's Platte River aboard a sunken river boat and must be recovered before the Denver mint it was stolen from discovers it's missing, potentially destroying Dickinson's family's reputation. Reynolds agrees to do the job for $20,000 and teams up with Ossie Davis, a local blacksmith, and Walker, a buddy from the war who now works as an inventor. The team heads for the Platte, unaware that they are being followed by Rick Davis, an outlaw who wants the gold for himself. Walker creates a diving helmet that will allow Reynolds to go beneath the river; but after the heroes retrieve the loot, Rick Davis steals it from them. With the help of a Walker-created machine gun, however, Reynolds manages to recover the gold and with his cohort rejoins Dickinson in Denver. Reynolds then poses as a government inspector, enters the mint, and "accidentally" damages a bust of George Washington. He insists upon having it repaired and takes it back to Ossie Davis' blacksmith shop, where Davis recasts the gold into the shape of the bronze bust. When outlaw Rick Davis catches up with the trio, he mistakenly steals the bronze bust. Reynolds and company pose as plumbers to gain entrance to the mint and there recast the bust into gold bars. The next morning Dickinson rewards the men with the promised $20,000, and Reynolds has her heart as well. This is an amiable enough film with some fine comic acting by Reynolds. At the time he made this production, Reynolds was beginning the transition from TV to movies. The chemistry between Reynolds (playing a virgin, of all things) and Dickinson works well.
Tired of living under the threat of a gang of crooks, the people of Emporia, Wyoming, hire a mercenary ex-convict, Keel, to get rid of the bad guys. Upon his arrival, he is surprised to find that his former flame, Russell, is now married to a preacher, Corey. There is some romantic tension between the two ex-lovers, but Keel avoids a rendevous. Realizing that he will need help to clean up the town, Keel sends for his former riding buddy, Donlevy. The two men wipe out the killers in a big showdown. Preacher Corey is shot dead when he attempts to stop the violence. Russell and Moore, both one-time proteges of Howard Hughes, provide some interest.
The Rat Pack takes Chicago by storm in the laugh-a-minute musical Prohibition-era crime comedy "Robin and the Seven Hoods" (1964). Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and the rest of the gang are on hand as crooks stealing from the rich and giving to themselves in this outrageous and star-filled send-up of gangster films. With a French language track.