Ocean's Eleven, 1960
- Frank Sinatra
- Dean Martin
- Sammy Davis Jr
- Angie Dickinson
- Peter Lawford
- Cesar Romero
- Richard Conte
- Akim Tamiroff
visit the film locations
Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Try and old-fashioned shave at Gornick and Drucker’s, 9740 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills (tel: 310.274.7131)
Las Vegas: Flights: McCarran International Airport, 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
The Sahara, 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South (tel: 702.737.2111)
Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South (tel: 877.427.7243)
The Riviera, 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Riviera Boulevard (tel: 702.734.5110)
Ocean’s Eleven location: Robbing the casinos: The Riviera, 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Riviera Boulevard, Las Vegas
The locations for the original 1960 Ocean's Eleven are mainly in Las Vegas, which is – conveniently – where the stars happened to be performing.
Unlike the recent remake, the 1960 film has Danny Ocean’s gang targeting five separate casinos. Of the five establishments targeted, you can still lose a bob or two in three of them: The Sahara, 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South, opened in 1952 and boasting a Moroccan theme; the Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South (owned by the same corporation as Caesars Palace) dating from 1946 and, of course, the brainchild of mobster Bugsy, sorry, Benny Siegel (although El Rancho, built in 1941, was the first hotel-casino, the success of Vegas is usually dated from the opening of the Flamingo); and The Riviera, 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Riviera Boulevard. Built 1955, this was the first (at a staggering nine stories, the first high-rise hotel on the Strip) To see the Riviera as it is now, check out Doug Limans Go.
Gone are The Sands and the Desert Inn. The Sands, which stood at 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, opened the same year as The Sahara and hung on as last of the old-style casinos (Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin not only performed regularly in its Copa Room but had shares in the business). It was demolished in 1996 and the extravagant Venetian now stands on the site.
The Desert Inn (aka Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn), built in 1950, another old-timer, was imploded in October 2001. The Wynn Las Vegas (Steve Wynn is the mastermind behind themed extravaganzas such as Treasure island, Mirage and Bellagio) now stands at 3145 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Still going strong is one non-Vegas location: the upmarket barbershop patronised by Spyros Acebos (Akim Tamiroff) at the picture’s opening. It’s Gornick and Drucker’s, 9740 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills. Go for an old-style experience: mahogany and leather furnishings, and a shave with a real razor. Past customers included mobsters Mickey Cohen and ‘Bugsy’ Siegel himself.