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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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Laverne
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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mission | gambler | craps | bet | sinner | See All (112) »


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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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Trivia

The tension between the two male leads, Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, started right off. Brando approached Sinatra, asking for help with musical numbers and suggesting they get together often and work on them. Sinatra told him he did not go for "that Method crap," and refused. See more »

Goofs

While Sky and Nathan are talking in the restaurant and Nathan is trying to get Sky to eat some cheese cake, a man walking in the street outside disappears and a woman walks past in his place. See more »

Quotes

Benny Southstreet: I've always been a bad guy, and a bad gambler. From now on, I would like to be a good guy, and a good gambler. I thank you.
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Connections

Referenced in Providence: Guys and Dolls (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

My Time of Day
(1950)/"A Bushel And A Peck" (1950) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
In the score near dawn, when Sky and Sarah get back from Havana
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Simply a great screen adaptation of a stage classic!
25 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

In 1954 Marlon Brando was THE hot actor after his performances in Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront. Frank Sinatra had yet to re-invent himself on the silver screen. But Sinatra's portrayal as the erstwhile Nathan Detroit, helped re-establish Sinatra with his fans.

It is a great screen version of a great play and the choices of leads and support players are terrific. Imagine a movie where Brando sings? This was his one and only singing role as he portrayed Sky Masterson. In addition the female leads, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine(replaying her stage role as Nathan's long suffering girlfriend Adelade), put in superlative efforts. Special mention goes to the great Stubby Kaye(as Nicely Nicely), and with all due respect to Eric Clapton, no one's version of Rockin' The Boat even comes close to Stubby's. Sheldon Leonard, who would go on to fame as TV producer of such shows as The Danny Thomas Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show does "Harry The Horse" wonders, B.S.Pulley is excellent as the harsh mannered and rough talking "Big Julie", and even Regis Toomey offers his excellence as "Brother Arvide".

It is one of the fun musicals to see, good comedy, and you get Sinatra and Brando. Soooooo "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" and brother..."it's your dice"


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