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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 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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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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SAMUEL GOLDWYN presents America's Own Musical! See more »


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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "blank dice" gag is a reference to an old gambler's trick in which the sides of a pair of dice are altered so that only odd numbers come up on each die when you make a roll, so that both dice make an even number. See more »

Goofs

When Nathan and Adelaide are in the restaurant, Adelaide sneezes and raises her hand to her nose. In the next shot, she is holding a handkerchief in her hand which wasn't there before. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Brannigan: [to Big Jule at Mindy's] Where are you from, sir?
Big Jule: East Cicero, Illinois!
Lieutenant Brannigan: And what is your occupation?
Big Jule: I'm a scoutmaster!
Lieutenant Brannigan: Don't ever help my mother across the street!
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Connections

Referenced in Conan: Luck Be a Man Dressed as a Lady Tonight (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Were a Bell
(1950) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Jean Simmons
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Delightful Musical
17 October 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the smalltime gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) has been eloping from getting married with his girlfriend Adelaide (Vivian Blaine) for fourteen years. Nathan needs one thousand dollars in advance to rent a place for the crap game but neither he nor his friends Nicely- Nicely Johnson (Stubby Kaye) and Benny Southstreet (Johnny Silver) can afford. Nathan decides to bet against the gambler Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando), challenging him to have a dinner in Havana with a woman of his choice. Sky accepts the bet and Nathan chooses the prude Sergeant Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons), who runs a mission for sinners. Sky visits Sarah and invites her to have dinner with him in Havana; in return, he would bring one dozen sinners to the mission. Sarah refuses the deal, but when General Cartwright (Kathryn Givney) comes to New York to shutdown the mission, Sarah feels that the only chance to keep the mission operating is accepting Sky's invitation. They travel to Havana and fall in love with each other; but when they return to the mission, Sarah discovers that Nathan used the place for his crap game. Further, she believes that Sky has plotted the scheme to use her. Now Sky has to convince the gamblers and gangsters that arrived in New York to the crap game that they should go to the mission to help Sarah.

"Guys and Dolls" is a delightful musical version of a Broadway successful play with Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The romantic comedy is highly funny and entertaining with great musical numbers. Marlon Brando dances and sings and the number in Havana with Jean Simmons if one of the funniest moments of this movie. Despite the running time of 150 minutes, the viewer never feels tired or bored. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Eles e Elas" ("They (he) and They (she)")


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Language:

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Release Date:

23 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)
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| (with overture and exit music)

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

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.55 : 1
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