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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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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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Gene Kelly was sought for the role of Sky Masterson, but MGM refused to loan Kelly to Samuel Goldwyn. See more »


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Nathan Detroit: Still, you will admit that Mindy's cheesecake is the greatest alive.
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Take Back Your Mink
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Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Vivian Blaine and The Goldwyn Girls in the Hot Box Club
Played as background music at the wedding
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29 June 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yes, its the one where the gamblers find a sort of redemption in their dolls after much singing and dancing and stuff. Maybe. This film seems to have lived alongside me for years - round exam time, through getting ditched, you name it. Sister Sarah and Sky and Nathan and Miss Adelaide and their chums were always there with those great Loesser melodies. Top of the tree is the Luck Be A Lady number which Brando puts across quite nicely, despite hardly being a singer. His great charm makes him a very good Sky. The scenes in Havana are hilarious and Vivian Blaine back at the club gives good value in her two big stage numbers. Looks like it belongs in a theatre, this film, but I bet you remember the tunes and huge chunks of the dialogue for a long time afterwards.

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