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Writers:
Jo Swerling (based upon the play: "Guys and Dolls" book by) and
Abe Burrows (based upon the play: "Guys and Dolls" book by) ...
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Release Date:
16 January 1956 (Brazil) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Has Some Very Good Sequences; A Bit Uneven Overall See more (133 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Sky Masterson

Jean Simmons ... Sarah Brown

Frank Sinatra ... Nathan Detroit

Vivian Blaine ... Miss Adelaide

Robert Keith ... Lt. Brannigan
Stubby Kaye ... Nicely-Nicely Johnson
B.S. Pully ... Big Jule

Johnny Silver ... Benny Southstreet

Sheldon Leonard ... Harry the Horse
Danny Dayton ... Rusty Charlie (as Dan Dayton)

George E. Stone ... Society Max

Regis Toomey ... Arvide Abernathy

Kathryn Givney ... General Cartwright

Veda Ann Borg ... Laverne
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Agatha
Joe McTurk ... Angie the Ox

Kay E. Kuter ... Calvin (as Kay Kuter)
Stapleton Kent ... Mission Member
Renee Renor ... Cuban Singer

The Goldwyn Girls ... Dancing Ensemble
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Brent ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter at Mindy's (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Gangster (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jann Darlyn ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Madelyn Darrow ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Sayre Dearing ... Tough (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... Dancer (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Spectator at Hot Box Club (uncredited)

Adolph Faylauer ... Tourist with Camera (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Street Passerby (uncredited)
Rubén de Fuentes ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Tony Galento ... Spectator at Hot Box Club (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Spectator at Hot Box Club (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Spectator at Hot Box Club (uncredited)

Earle Hodgins ... Pitchman (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Liverlips Louie (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Barber (uncredited)
June Kirby ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Maurice Marks ... Tall Gambler (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Dancer (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Customer at Mindy's (uncredited)
Matt Murphy ... The Champ (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Gambler (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Barber (uncredited)

Frank Richards ... Man with Packages (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Cuban Waiter (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Gangster at Mission (uncredited)
Tony Rosa ... Man Walking Poodle (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Diner at Mindy's (uncredited)

Pat Sheehan ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Truck Driver on Street (uncredited)
Larri Thomas ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Max - Waiter at Mindy's (uncredited)
Sandra Warner ... Twin Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Sonia Warner ... Twin Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Singing Man in Barber Shop (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 
 
Writing credits
Jo Swerling (based upon the play: "Guys and Dolls" book by) and
Abe Burrows (based upon the play: "Guys and Dolls" book by)

Damon Runyon (from a story)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Loesser 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell 
 
Production Design by
Oliver Smith 
 
Art Direction by
Joseph C. Wright  (as Joseph Wright)
 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
 
Costume Design by
Irene Sharaff (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Annabell .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup
 
Production Management
Gus Schroeder .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director
Edward F. Mull .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gary Nelson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Charles O'Malley .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Fred Lau .... sound
Vinton Vernon .... sound
Larry Gannon .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Helen Endicott .... stunts (uncredited)
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hawkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgway .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Saenz .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gjon Mili .... still photographer (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Stradling Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant (as Alvord L. Eiseman)
Blake Jones .... colorist: home video (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jay Blackton .... conductor
Jay Blackton .... music supervisor
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Michael Kidd .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Frank Loesser .... music and lyrics by
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
Cyril J. Mockridge .... background music adapted by
Nelson Riddle .... orchestrator
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (as Al Sendrey)
Leon Cepparo .... singing coach (uncredited)
Jack Dumont .... musician (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... music collaborator: background music (uncredited)
Lloyd Young .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cy Feuer .... produced on the stage by
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
Ernest H. Martin .... produced on the stage by
Howard Dietz .... unit publicist (uncredited)
John Dutton .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Flo O'Neill .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Howard Strickling .... publicist: MGM (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
150 min | 152 min (with overture and exit music)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (cable rating) | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1987) (1996) (2001) (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #17617) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Marilyn Monroe wanted to play Adelaide, but director Joseph L. Mankiewicz did not want to work with her again (she appeared briefly in All About Eve (1950)) and supposedly pretended he never got her phone messages. Animal lover Betty Grable was in talks to play Adelaide, but when she canceled a meeting with producer Samuel Goldwyn to be with her sick dog, who had to be taken to the vet with a broken leg, a miffed Goldwyn would not reschedule and dropped her from consideration. Judy Holliday was also briefly considered for the role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Nathan Detroit:As you can see, Big Jule, the boys are fatigued from weariness.
Big Jule:I don't care who's tired. I'm out 25 Gs. Nobody leaves.
Rusty Charlie:I am half dead.
Harry the Horse:If you do not shut up, Big Jule will arrange the other half.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sour Grapes (1998)See more »
Soundtrack:
If I Were a BellSee more »

FAQ

Is this film based on a novel?
How much is their bet worth?
Why would Nathan and Adelaide need a blood test before marriage?
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25 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Has Some Very Good Sequences; A Bit Uneven Overall, 17 December 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Something of a mixed bag, the screen version of "Guys and Dolls" is worth seeing for the cast and for a number of very good sequences. Its main drawbacks are that it is rather uneven, and that there are too many times when the pace slows down, making it somewhat overlong.

The cast is good, although the performers do not always get the chance to use their abilities as fully as they could have. Frank Sinatra is always good in any singing role, but his character here does not give him much to work with aside from the songs. Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons were interesting choices. There are times when they work well, and other times when the material really doesn't suit them all that well.

The story is entertaining, yet slight, and is certainly not meant to be taken as anything more than a pretext for the musical numbers. The songs are good in general, with "Luck Be a Lady Tonight" as the highlight. Yet not all of them quite reach that standard, for one reason or another.

Overall, the movie is not bad, just not as much as you might hope for given who and what went into it. It's possible that this is simply a show that works better on stage, or it's possible that the movie could have been even better with a few improvements here and there.

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