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Writer:
George Wells (written by)
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Release Date:
29 July 1957 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
His world is guys and dolls! Her world is gowns and glamor! See more »
Plot:
When Mike Hagen and Marilla Brown marry after a whirlwind romance on the west coast, they return to... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Guys and dolls See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Mike Hagen

Lauren Bacall ... Marilla Brown Hagen

Dolores Gray ... Lori Shannon
Sam Levene ... Ned Hammerstein

Tom Helmore ... Zachary Wilde
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Maxie Stultz
Jesse White ... Charlie Arneg

Chuck Connors ... Johnnie 'O'

Edward Platt ... Martin J. Daylor
Alvy Moore ... Luke Coslow
Carol Veazie ... Gwen
Jack Cole ... Randy Owens
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Andrews ... Model (uncredited)
Jan Arvan ... TV Director (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ... Drunk Reporter (uncredited)
Otis Bigelow ... Set Designer (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jackie Blanchard ... Model (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Harriett Brest ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Theona Bryant ... Secretary (uncredited)
Don Burnett ... Johnnie Gates (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan ... Referee (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Fred Seixas, Card Playing Crony (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Vanessa Cole (uncredited)
John V. Connors ... Dunnigan (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Sportswriter at Dinner (uncredited)
Jeanne Dante ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Larry Musso (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Sportswriter at Dinner (uncredited)
James Dime ... Timekeeper at Fight Arena (uncredited)
James Douglas ... Tommie Reese (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Newswoman (uncredited)
Michael Ferris ... Makeup Man (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady at Marilla's Fashion Show (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Jeff Dowling (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Jo Gilbert ... Florrie Canfield (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Hoodlum in Fight (uncredited)
Reid Hammond ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Fashion Show Extra (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Doorman (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Galatos (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Author at Play Reading / Party Guest / Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Eddie, Henchman with Johnnie 'O' (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Justice (uncredited)
Walter Johnson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Dean Jones ... Assistant Stage Manager in Boston (uncredited)
Pat Jones ... Model (uncredited)
Sid Kane ... Reporter (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Bellboy-Pager at Pool (uncredited)
Honey King ... Model (uncredited)
Betty Koch ... Model (uncredited)
Kay E. Kuter ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Syl Lamont ... Danziger (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Steen (uncredited)
Saverio LoMedico ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jane Lynn ... Model (uncredited)
Cy Malis ... Dippy Rollo (uncredited)
Kay Mansfield ... Assistant Fitter (uncredited)
Alice Markham ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Nora Marlowe ... Jennifer Deane (uncredited)

May McAvoy ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... Reporter (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... Miltie, Henchman (uncredited)
Matt Moore ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... Hood (uncredited)
Ann Morriss ... Marie Dozier (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Fashion Show Attendee (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gene O'Donnell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... Italian Waiter (uncredited)
Eve Pearson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Phyllis Planchard ... Ann Ashmond (uncredited)
Maruja Plose ... Model (uncredited)
Lillian Powell ... Western Union Clerk (uncredited)
Max Power ... Fred Sellers (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Sheldon Stevens (uncredited)
Allen Ray ... Smith (uncredited)
Cleo Ronson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Benny Rubin ... Chris Matthews (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Reporter (uncredited)

Max Showalter ... Musical Director (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Andrucci (uncredited)
Eddie Lou Simms ... Joey Yustik (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ... Secretary (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... Mr. Orvac (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Trainer at Ringside (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Hammerstein (uncredited)
Chuck Webster ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mel Welles ... Solly Horzmann (uncredited)
Sammy White ... Bewildered Man (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... One of Daylor's Boys in Bar (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ... Lighting Expert (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
George Wells (written by)

Produced by
Dore Schary .... producer
George Wells .... associate producer
Roger Edens .... segment producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
André Previn 
 
Cinematography by
John Alton 
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames 
William A. Horning 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Shanks .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Wally Wallace .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Stunts
Michael Dugan .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Jack Cole .... musical numbers and dances stager
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Helen Rose .... story suggested by
Barrie Chase .... assistant to Jack Cole (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
118 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #18350) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Joshua Logan was first choice for director.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: While visiting Marineland, bottlenose dolphins are incorrectly referred to as porpoises, both by Gregory Peck's character, and by the off screen announcer of the dolphin show.See more »
Quotes:
Mike Hagen:[to Marilla] How come you cant stand the sight of blood on anyone except me?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Music Is Better than WordsSee more »

FAQ

Grace Kelly---Was She Suppose to Star in "Designing Woman"?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Guys and dolls, 10 March 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Vincent Minnelli directed this movie with verve. The idea of the movie came from MGM's designer Helen Rose, a woman who knew about fashions. The screen play by George Wells, works well in the beginning of the movie.

The idea of bringing together these two different people had already been done, especially as vehicles for Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. The allure here lies on the stars. Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall made an excellent couple.

Lauren Bacall, at the height of her beauty, comes out best. She was a fine comedy actress who had a sense of style and timing. In portraying Marilla, Ms. Bacall offers a side of her that hadn't been tapped before, having been seen in heavier roles. This movie seems to have been tailor made for her.

As the sports writer, Gregory Peck, plays comedy, which was not his forte. At times, he appears wooden, but it probably was the direction from Mr. Minnelli, who wanted to show the big contrast between the lovers. Mr. Peck's Mike Hagan is completely different from his role in "Roman Holiday", but he carries it off and shows he was having a great time playing this sports reporter.

Dolores Gray, as Lori Shannon, has a few good moments playing the woman that is dumped by her steady boyfriend. There are a lot of familiar faces in the cast. Sam Levene, Tom Helmore, Mickey Shaugnessy, Jesse White, Chuck Connors, Edward Platt and Jack Cole, who plays the part of the Broadway choreographer that makes a statement of not being gay, when everyone can see otherwise!

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