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Guys and Dolls (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 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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mission | gambler | craps | bet | sinner | See All (108) »


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (with overture and exit music)

Sound Mix:

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

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Sky Masterson's real name is Obadiah. See more »

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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

Sky Masterson: Figuring weight for age, all dolls are the same.
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Referenced in Will & Grace: Dolls and Dolls (2003) 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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The Best Parts Still Shine
4 September 1999 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

It almost seems like they went out of their way to muck up this film as best they could. First they dropped several great songs from the original score ("Bushel And A Peck", "I've Never Been In Love Before", "More I Cannot Wish You", "Marry The Man Today") and replaced them with songs that are distinctly inferior. Then they badly miscast Marlon Brando in the lead (his one great moment in the film is when he delivers the line, "Dad, I've got cider in my ear!") and tampered with the ending, in effect eliminating the final punchline of the show.

But what makes "Guys And Dolls" ultimately different from other Broadways shows mucked up by the movies is that the parts that are great elevate the film so much that you can be charitable for the mistakes made. Jean Simmons' lack of vocal training hurts "I'll Know" but she redeems herself wonderfully on "If I Were A Bell" and gives a great performance overall as Sister Sarah Brown. And thank goodness Stubby Kaye's memorable "Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat" was transferred intact. Great sets and other supporting characters also help too.


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