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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:
"Still It's Better Than Even Money" 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:
The songs "A Woman in Love," "Pet Me Poppa" and "Adelaide" were written for the screen version, and were not in the original Broadway show. On Broadway, Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) does not sing in the title song. That was added for the film to increase Sinatra's singing part.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Just after the sewer crap game, Nathan tells Adelaide that green and white are the Whitney colors. C.V. Whitney colors are light blue with brown cap. John Hay Whitney raced the Greentree Stable's horses under flamingo and pink colors.See more »
Quotes:
Nathan Detroit:Would you not agree that Mindy's cheesecake is the best cheesecake alive?See more »
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Soundtrack:
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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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
"Still It's Better Than Even Money", 11 September 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

As the title song of Guys and Dolls philosophizes what we guys will not do to our dolls to win a bet or get a dice game going. That's the dilemma facing promoter of said dice game Nathan Detroit who can't come up with the $1000.00 for the Biltmore Hotel garage for the what is generally known as the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York.

What to do, bet a reckless gambler Sky Masterson. Sucker him into betting he can't sweep a doll off her feet for a romantic idyll in pre-Castro Havana. The doll you pick for Sky is Sister Sarah Brown of the Salvation Army. Of course Nathan's life is also complicated by his 14 year long engagement to Adelaide of the Hot Box Revue.

Considering the resentments that festered between Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra who played Sky and Nathan, I can't believe this film got made at all. Especially when you consider both these guys never hesitated in walking off film sets if their anger was aroused. In Sinatra's case I can understand since Brando's playing the part he should have done. Proof of that can be found on Guys and Dolls cast album that Sinatra did for his Reprise record label in the early sixties where he shows what he could do with the Masterson songs.

Still Brando is not great, but not bad as a singer and Frank Loesser did write the Adelaide song for Sinatra for the film. Unfortunately he also wrote A Woman In Love for the score which Brando sings and which became a big hit. Not for Marlon Brando, but for another Frankie named Laine.

Jean Simmons is our Salvation Army Sergeant and she shows once again why was the most under appreciated film star of the fifties. That woman was in so many of the best films of that decade and never got any real recognition for her talent. I like her the best from this movie.

Vivian Blaine, Johnny Silver, B.S. Pully, and Stubby Kaye all came over from the original Broadway cast. They all contribute their unique talents to parts that became career roles for them.

With some smarter casting it's better than even money that Guys and Dolls would be a great and not a good film.

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