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Guys and Dolls (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 16 January 1956 (Brazil)
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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(based upon the play: "Guys and Dolls" book by), (based upon the play: "Guys and Dolls" book by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Stubby Kaye ...
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Danny Dayton ...
Rusty Charlie (as Dan Dayton)
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Mary Alan Hokanson ...
Agatha
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Storyline

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

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (with overture and exit music)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shortly after signing to do the part of Nathan Detroit, Frank Sinatra realized Marlon Brando's role was the more substantial and romantic one, and he quickly let his jealousy show. According to Regis Toomey, "Sinatra was snotty and very difficult, as he really didn't want to do 'the role.' He can be very cruel and disagreeable. Joe [Mankiewicz] had an awfully hard time on that picture." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Nathan Detroit: [after declining a bet that he cannot say what color his tie is] Polka dots. In the whole world, only Nathan Detroit could blow a thousand bucks on polka dots.
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Connections

Referenced in Married with Children: Guys and Dolls (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Follow the Fold
(1950) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Played by the Mission Band and sung by them and Jean Simmons
Reprised by the Band outside of Mindy's restaurant
Reprised by the Band outside of a drugstore and sung by them and Marlon Brando
Reprised by the Band outside a bar
Reprised by the Band and sung by the gamblers at the Mission
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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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