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Guys and Dolls (1955)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  16 January 1956 (Brazil)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 <gadde@cs.duke.edu>

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Release Date:

16 January 1956 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Schwere Jungen, leichte Mädchen  »

Box Office


$5,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (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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Did You Know?


Marilyn Monroe wanted to play Adelaide, but director Joseph L. Mankiewicz didn't want to work with her again (she appeared briefly in All About Eve (1950)) and supposedly pretended he never got her phone messages. Animal lover Betty Grable was in talks to play Adelaide but when she canceled a meeting with producer Samuel Goldwyn to be with her sick dog, who had to be taken to the vet with a broken leg, a miffed Goldwyn would not reschedule and dropped her from consideration. Judy Holliday was also briefly considered for the role. See more »


When Nathan and Adelaide are in the restaurant, Adelaide sneezes and raises her hand to her nose. In the next shot, she is holding a handkerchief in her hand which wasn't there before. See more »


Lieutenant Brannigan: [to Big Jule at Mindy's] Where are you from, sir?
Big Jule: East Cicero, Illinois!
Lieutenant Brannigan: And what is your occupation?
Big Jule: I'm a scoutmaster!
Lieutenant Brannigan: Don't ever help my mother across the street!
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Adelaide's Lament
(1950) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Vivian Blaine in her dressing room
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"Ummm... Filled with such fun good fellowship..."- Nathan Detroit, "Guys and Dolls"
2 August 2004 | by (DC) – See all my reviews

"Guys and Dolls" is a thoroughly enjoyable example of musical comedy at its very best. The acting is impeccable, and what's more, almost believable (for a musical at least), the singing is pretty decent (well, Marlon Brando is another story, but I'll get to that) and the whole thing is just so amusing and entertaining that you'll be singing the tunes and quoting the lines long after you've finished watching it. Critics and viewers seem to sometimes have a difficult time with taking the film too seriously, by this I mean that a) Marlon Brando was not cast because of his singing voice (which was admittedly not good, but bearable), I like to think it was because he had irresistible charm, b) the whole premise is so unbelievable, to which I say, "name me a musical that IS wholly believable", and c) the movie moves too slowly, which is patently absurd, unless one does not have a taste for the slower pace of old movies and long, well articulated dance numbers, and romantic love scenes. This film pre-dates my existence by some 3 decades, but it still manages to rank among my very favorite pieces of movie-making and is an absolute must-see for musical and non-musical fans alike. 10/10

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