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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:
flawed classic See more (124 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Brent ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter at Mindy's (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 Extra (uncredited)
Rubén de Fuentes ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Tony Galento ... Spectator at Hot Box Club (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)
Matt Mattox ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Extra 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)
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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 (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Oliver Smith (production design by)
 
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
Harry Stradling Jr. .... assistant camera
Gjon Mili .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant (as Alvord L. Eiseman)
 
Music Department
Jay Blackton .... music conducted by
Jay Blackton .... music supervised by
Alexander Courage .... orchestrations
Michael Kidd .... stager: dances and musical numbers
Frank Loesser .... music and lyrics by
Skip Martin .... orchestrations
Cyril J. Mockridge .... music adapted by: background music
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 .... presents
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:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (cable rating) | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-12 | 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:
After a tryout in Philadelphia, the play opened on Broadway on 24 November 1950 and closed on 28 November 1953 after 1200 performances. The play won a Tony for best musical and another for best choreography for Michael Kidd, who staged the dances and musical numbers in this movie. Original cast members included Robert Alda (father of Alan Alda) as Sky Masterson, Isabel Bigley as Sarah Brown, and Sam Levene as Nathan Detroit. Vivian Blaine as Adelaide, Stubby Kaye as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, B.S. Pully as Big Jule and Johnny Silver as Benny Southstreet all appeared in their original Broadway roles for the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Sky Masterson's handwriting on the back of the Bible verse card changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Benny Southstreet:[about the cab that Nathan told him to take Adelaide to the Hot Box in] But who's going to pay for it?
Miss Adelaide:I am, of course!
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Soundtrack:
The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game)See 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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
flawed classic, 10 February 2002

As much as I like this film I can still see the missed opportunities. It does work, Brando has a certain charm as Sky Masterson but be honest, he cant really do justice to the multitude of classic songs he has got. This is where the dilemma lies. Sinatra is a fantastic Nathan Detroit, but he doesnt get many songs. Sinatra could easily play both roles but Brando would not make a good Detroit. However getting these to together in a film as well as the unlikely opportunity of getting Brando singing and dancing in a musical (!!!) is its saving grace. Any other actor and it may have seemed as bizarre as it really was. However its carried off with style. Its lunacy is its backbone, heres an established "serious" actor crooning and dancing, while the serious singer acts more than he sings. Its not often you see Sinatra taking a back seat; albeit reluctantly! A great film for what it is, but if it had been given to a musical director I think it would have been in a completely different league.

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