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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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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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16 January 1956 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Schwere Jungen, leichte Mädchen  »

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Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (with overture and exit music)

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

Color:

(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Decca Records had distributed the Broadway show's original cast album and was contracted to issue the film soundtrack as well. Alas, Frank Sinatra was at the time newly signed by Capitol Records, so his inclusion was impossible. As Vivian Blaine's recreation of "Adelaide's Lament" and "Take Back Your Mink" were virtually identical to her vocals on the Broadway album, Decca ultimately decided to release the soundtrack album as an Extended Play 45rpm single containing only four songs, all of them sung by Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. This has forever galled soundtrack collectors, as the only commercial recordings available from this major musical were those recorded by the non-singers, leaving original songs such as "Pet Me Poppa" unreleased. For his part, Sinatra was so miffed at having to play Nathan Detroit that he never bothered to record "Adelaide," the song Frank Lossser had composed especially for him. See more »

Goofs

When Sky and Sarah are singing a duet while in Cuba, Sarah throws Sky's necktie over the side of his face. A moment later, Sky is removing the tie from the front of his face. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: Lies & Dolls (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Back Your Mink
(1950) (uncredited)
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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Of its own time, and still memorable
26 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Along with South Pacific, Guys and Dolls is for grown-ups - - it is sassy, sexy, and full of men being men and women being strung along.

There is an energy and drive that makes this stand out from the pack - the strength of Jean Simmond's performance, and the charm of a young Brando, and an already masterful Sinatra add much to the overall feel and look of the piece.

Guys and Dolls wins as it is unashamedly what it is: an MGM musical.

Still good to look at and listen too with great tunes and dance numbers - it will remain one of the classics of 20th Century cinema and be watched with pleasure for years to come.

Warmly recommended.


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