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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:
Times Square according to Damon Runyon See more (127 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Brent ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter at Mindy's (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissel ... Gangster (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)

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 
 
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 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 .... conductor
Jay Blackton .... music supervisor
Alexander Courage .... orchestrations
Michael Kidd .... stager: dances and musical numbers
Frank Loesser .... music and lyrics by
Skip Martin .... orchestrations
Cyril J. Mockridge .... music adaptor: 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 .... 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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Language:
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 | 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 audio for each of Marlon Brando's musical numbers is constructed from multiple takes.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:
Lieutenant Brannigan:What brings all these senior delinquents together?
Nathan Detroit:They got lonely. How am I supposed to know?
Lieutenant Brannigan:And why are they all wearing red carnations?
Nathan Detroit:They are also all wearing pants.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sour Grapes (1998)See more »
Soundtrack:
Follow the FoldSee 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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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Times Square according to Damon Runyon, 17 February 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Damon Runyon's world of Times Square, in New York, prior to its Disneyfication, is the basis for this musical. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, a man who knew about movies, directed this nostalgic tribute to the "crossroads of the world" that show us that underside of New York of the past. Frank Loesser's music sounds great. We watch a magnificent cast of characters that were typical of the area. People at the edges of society tended to gravitate toward that area because of the lights, the action, the possibilities in that part of town. This underbelly of the city made a living out of the street life that was so intense.

Some of the songs from the original production were not included in the film. We don't know whether this makes sense, but this is not unusual for a Hollywood musical to change and alter what worked on the stage. That original cast included the wonderful Vivian Blaine and Stubby Kaye, and we wonder about the decision of not letting Robert Alda, Sam Levene, Isabel Bigley repeat their original roles. These were distinguished actors that could have made an amazing contribution.

The film, visually, is amazing. The look follows closely the fashions of the times. As far as the casting of Marlon Brando, otherwise not known for his singing abilities, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons, seem to work in the film. Sky Masterson is, after all, a man's man, who would look otherwise sissy if he presented a different 'look'. Frank Sinatra is good as Nathan Detroit. Jean Simmons, as Sarah Brown, does a nice job portraying the woman from the Salvation Army who suddenly finds fulfillment with the same kind of man she is trying to save.

Vivian Blaine is a delight. She never ceases to amaze as Miss Adelaide, a woman with a heart of gold who's Nathan Detroit's love interest. Ms. Blaine makes a fantastic impression as the show girl who is wiser than she lets out to be. Stubby Kaye makes a wonderful job out of reprising his Nicely Nicely Johnson.

The wonderful production owes a lot to the talented Abe Burrows, who made the adaptation to the screen. The costumes by Irene Sharaff set the right tone.

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