Behind the Scenes: Ocean’s Eleven (1960)

Ocrean's 11 (Sid Avery, Vanity Fair)Photographer Sid Avery snapped this shot of the original Ocean’s Eleven crew. Half of the shoot – 22 days worth – took place on location in Las Vegas and the other half in the studio. The pic comes courtesy of Vanity Fair and its collection of Avery photographs.

The film was the next-to-last directed by Lewis Milestone. Milestone started with Howard Hughes in the silent era and directed Best Picture winner All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). Here’s what he had to say in the 1969 book Celluloid Muse about working with Frank Sinatra:

Frank is very nice but moody, and if you want to work with him, it’s up to you to understand him; he’s not going to put himself out to understand you. If he likes you well enough, he’ll try to see your point of view. I like a lot of things about the man. He’s temperamental, however, and if you line up twelve people who know him, you’ll get twelve different versions of his character and behavior.

Director Lewis Milestone (right of camera, arm extended) on the set of Ocean’s Eleven. Pic comes from the blog If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger…

Photos courtesy of Neato Coolville, If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger…., LA Explorer, Pulp International, IMDB, Greenbriar Picture Show and

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