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Guys and Dolls -- When Sky Masterson is challenged to take a missionary to Havana, he finds himself falling in love. But will she return his love when she realizes the trip was a ploy?

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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:
It's chemistry! Enduring and quirky musical See more (130 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 (as B. S. Pully)

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)
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
 
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 (as Arthur S.Black Jr.)
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 Ridgeway .... 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)
 
Music Department
Jay Blackton .... conductor
Jay Blackton .... music supervisor
Alexander Courage .... orchestrations
Michael Kidd .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Frank Loesser .... music and lyrics by
Skip Martin .... orchestrations
Cyril J. Mockridge .... background music adapted by
Nelson Riddle .... orchestrations
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrations (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

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Trivia:
Both Vivian Blaine (Adelaide) and B.S. Pully (Big Julie) appeared previously in Greenwich Village (1944). In that earlier film, though playing a character similar to "Big Julie". Pully managed to sing and dance, to the delight of the movie audienceSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Sky Masterson's handwriting on the back of the Bible verse card changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Sky Masterson:We have time to catch the last plane back to New York.
Sergeant Sarah Brown:People miss planes. It happens.
Sky Masterson:Yeah? It also happens that people win with loaded dice.
Sergeant Sarah Brown:I know what I'm doing.
Sky Masterson:Do you, kid?
[kisses her nose]
Sky Masterson:I don't.
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Soundtrack:
Take Back Your MinkSee 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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
It's chemistry! Enduring and quirky musical, 28 April 2009
Author: LouE15 from United Kingdom

I'm intrigued by the strong sense of favour towards (or sympathy for!) Sinatra in the other reviews here. I've read elsewhere that Sinatra never seems to have forgiven anyone for *not* being cast as Sky Masterson.

OK, so who wouldn't want to be cast as Sky Masterson? – it's a great part: the charismatic successful gambler who makes a grave mistake when he allows himself to be suckered into a bet, in which he must take Salvation Army Sargeant Sarah Brown on a date to Cuba, or lose. It's not the money – it's the pride, but he and she meet their match. Meanwhile Nathan Detroit must juggle his long-suffering fiancée Adelaide with trying to find a spot for a craps game which will make him rich if it doesn't alienate his fiancée forever first.

The film started life as a series of short stories by Damon Runyon: that's his unique dialogue you hear, and those are his great character names, and that's his horse-racing/nightclub/late night gambling world. Then it became a musical, and you can't help but feel that in film form it never really left the stage. The camera is unusually static and the sets remarkably – and not pleasingly – flat and childlike. Fortunately the music is so great, I don't care that much.

My absolute favourite thing about this film, though, is the singing and acting of the two non-singers, Brando (as Sky) and Jean Simmons (as Sargeant Sarah Brown). Of course, putting pro singers into these roles would have produced better music; but what surely gets forgotten is that two such excellent actors brought something else to the party instead: what they lacked in vocal talent they more than made up for in gusto, acting ability, and pathos, pathos, pathos. You're with Sky as he argues with Sarah against reason, steadiness, pipes and safety. You enjoy Sarah's loosening up under the influence of Cuban "milk". You feel completely the suddenness and passion of their scene in the courtyard with bells ringing and an hour to go before the plane takes them home. As Sky rightly says, it's "chemistry". Pro singers – be they Broadway belters or smooth crooners – can't necessarily be relied on to make this happen. (And they certainly didn't.) I read somewhere that Brando criticised Sinatra for not putting all of himself into his role of Nathan Detroit. Sinatra in turn was infuriated by Brando's four-take acting method. As a Brando fan (does it show?!) I'm bound to take the other side, but I can't imagine that this film would have been the much-adored classic it is today if Brando and Simmons hadn't been in it with their wonderful chemistry; Brando's unpredictability; Simmons' face, all pink cheeks and brown hair, drunk and ashamed in a Cuban bar. Beautiful. I'll always want a copy of this film lying around in case I need to feel good again. You'll forgive me if give some of the Nathan (sleep)talking parts the 100% brush-off though, won't you? You won't? Oh, be quiet and have some more of Mindy's cheesecake!

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