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Guys and Dolls (1955)

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In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.


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Robert Keith ...
Stubby Kaye ...
B.S. Pully ...
Big Jule (as B. S. Pully)
Danny Dayton ...
Rusty Charlie (as Dan Dayton)
Society Max
Kathryn Givney ...
General Cartwright
Veda Ann Borg ...
Mary Alan Hokanson ...


All the hot gamblers are in town, and they're all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week's incarnation of "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York"; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who's short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan's $1000 bet that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you've got quite a musical. Includes the songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, "Luck Be a Lady", "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat". Written by Syam Gadde <>

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Release Date:

16 January 1956 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Eles e Elas  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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| (with overture and exit music)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)


(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Sky Masterson's handwriting on the back of the Bible verse card changes between shots. See more »


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Miss Adelaide: But why is he asking you?
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Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat
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Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Stubby Kaye and a chorus of gamblers at the Mission
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Of its own time, and still memorable
26 December 2007 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Along with South Pacific, Guys and Dolls is for grown-ups - - it is sassy, sexy, and full of men being men and women being strung along.

There is an energy and drive that makes this stand out from the pack - the strength of Jean Simmond's performance, and the charm of a young Brando, and an already masterful Sinatra add much to the overall feel and look of the piece.

Guys and Dolls wins as it is unashamedly what it is: an MGM musical.

Still good to look at and listen too with great tunes and dance numbers

  • it will remain one of the classics of 20th Century cinema and be

watched with pleasure for years to come.

Warmly recommended.

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