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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?


Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Irene Sharaff worked together to use costume as character cue, as in Sarah's nervous habit of opening the second button of her tightly cinched jackets, signalling her desire to be free of her prim existence. See more »


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


Big Jule: If it gets around in Chicago that I went to a prayer meeting, no decent person will talk to me!
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Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat
(1950) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Stubby Kaye and a chorus of gamblers at the Mission
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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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