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The finale to the A&E four-part documentary series The Rat Pack, this video explores how the partnership of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop came to an end. In 1960, Sinatra actively supported the presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy as a spokesman and fund-raiser; it's also widely believed that he used his connections with organized crime figures to help bring out the vote for Kennedy. However, while helping to crown the King of Camelot should have been Sinatra's greatest triumph, it also helped bring an end to the era of the Rat Pack. Sinatra believed that Kennedy never adequately expressed his gratitude for his pivotal role in getting him elected (especially after Kennedy's Attorney General and brother, Robert Kennedy, began aggressively pursuing several of Sinatra's friends), and it drove a wedge into his relationship with Lawford, who was Kennedy's brother-in-law. While Martin and Davis joined Sinatra to make the movie Robin and the Seven Hoods in 1964, they increasingly went their separate ways in the future. Danny Aiello contributes narration, while Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, and Milton Berle share their memories. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi