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Guys and Dolls (1955)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 23 December 1955 (USA)
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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.

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Jo Swerling (based upon the play: "Guys and Dolls" book by), Abe Burrows (based upon the play: "Guys and Dolls" book by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Mary Alan Hokanson ... Agatha
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Storyline

All the hot gamblers are in town, and they're all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week's incarnation of "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York"; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who's short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan's $1000 bet that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you've got quite a musical. Includes the songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, "Luck Be a Lady", "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat". Written by Syam Gadde <gadde@cs.duke.edu>

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guys and Dolls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (with overture and exit music)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In 1952, Frank Sinatra was considered washed up. In 1953, he virtually paid Harry Cohn to allow him to play Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953). By 1954, he had regained enough clout to force the creative team of Young at Heart (1954) to rewrite the original ending of their story, which he refused to play. In 1955, he swallowed his pride to play Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls , not yet having regained enough power to dethrone number one box office attraction Marlon Brando. One year later, obviously feeling he had once again reached the pinnacle, Sinatra walked off the set of Carousel (1956) in a fit of temperament on the first day of filming. Four years earlier, he could not get a job. See more »

Goofs

In the song "Take Back Your Mink," Vivian Blaine tells her boyfriend to "go shorten the sleeves for somebody else." In the stage production, she and the other chorus girls wore fur coats, but in the movie they wear stoles, so the line makes no sense. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Detroit: [after declining a bet that he cannot say what color his tie is] Polka dots. In the whole world, only Nathan Detroit could blow a thousand bucks on polka dots.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Pet Me Poppa
(1955) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung and danced by Vivian Blaine and The Goldwyn Girls at the Hot Box Club
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"Ummm... Filled with such fun good fellowship..."- Nathan Detroit, "Guys and Dolls"
2 August 2004 | by allegretto902See all my reviews

"Guys and Dolls" is a thoroughly enjoyable example of musical comedy at its very best. The acting is impeccable, and what's more, almost believable (for a musical at least), the singing is pretty decent (well, Marlon Brando is another story, but I'll get to that) and the whole thing is just so amusing and entertaining that you'll be singing the tunes and quoting the lines long after you've finished watching it. Critics and viewers seem to sometimes have a difficult time with taking the film too seriously, by this I mean that a) Marlon Brando was not cast because of his singing voice (which was admittedly not good, but bearable), I like to think it was because he had irresistible charm, b) the whole premise is so unbelievable, to which I say, "name me a musical that IS wholly believable", and c) the movie moves too slowly, which is patently absurd, unless one does not have a taste for the slower pace of old movies and long, well articulated dance numbers, and romantic love scenes. This film pre-dates my existence by some 3 decades, but it still manages to rank among my very favorite pieces of movie-making and is an absolute must-see for musical and non-musical fans alike. 10/10


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