Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra


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This 1955 film began life as two Runyon short stories, the most prominent of which was "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown." This material was fleshed out into a 2-act libretto by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, then set to music by Frank Loesser and directed by George S. Kaufman. Opening late in 1950, Guys and Dolls was one of Broadway's hottest tickets for several seasons. The plot involves a certain Broadway citizen by the name of Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra), who maintains the "Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York." Seeking a location for his latest high-stakes game, Nathan has an opportunity to rent out the Biltmore Garage, but he needs $1000 to do so. He decides to extract the money from high-rolling Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando), known for his willingness to bet on anything. Nathan wagers that Sky will not be able to talk the virginal Salvation Army lass Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) into going on a date with him. While Sky goes to work on Sarah, Nathan endeavors to fend off his girlfriend Miss Adelaide (Vivian Blaine, repeating her Broadway role), who has developed a psychosomatic cold because of her frustrating 14-year engagement to the slippery Mr. Detroit. Thanks to some fast finagling, Sky is able to take Sarah on that date, flying to Havana for this purpose. By the time they've returned to New York, Sky and Sarah are in love, but their ardor cools off abruptly when Nathan, unable to secure the Biltmore garage, attempts to use Sarah's mission as the site of his crap game.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2012
UPC: 0883929256938
Original Release: 1955
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 2:29:00

Special Features

Two Guys and Dolls documentaries: the Goldwyn touch and from stage to screen; More Guys and Dolls stories and musical performances; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
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 Kuter Calvin
Stapleton Kent Mission Member
John Indrisano Liverlips Louis
Earl Hodgins Pitchman
Harry Tyler Max, Waiter at Mindy's
Goldwyn Girls Actor
Sam Harris Spectator at Song and Dance Number
Matt Murphy The Champ
Julian Rivero Cuban Waiter
Larri Thomas Goldwyn Girl
Harry Wilson Man in Barber Shop
Franklin Farnum Spectator at Song and Dance Number
Frank Richards Man with Packages
Lynn Bernay Actor

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director,Screenwriter
Arthur S. Black Asst. Director
Jay Blackton Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Courage Musical Arrangement
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kidd Choreography
Ben Lane Makeup
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Loesser Score Composer
Dan Mandell Editor
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Smith Production Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Vinton Vernon Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

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Guys and Dolls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you don't like musicals you probably won't like Guys and Dolls, but it is a wonderful piece of fluff. The characters are so set in themselves and all the timing so perfect that it is a joy to watch. (Did they really talk like that?!) Stubby Kay's song "Sit Down" is a masterpiece. All the actors are superb in their roles, even when you don't much like them (their roles). It's not "War and Peace", but it's lots of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guys and Dolls is a wonderful movie about how this man is addicted to gambeling. this movie is about how this gambler's soon to be wife is tired of waiting for him to get the money to marry her. they have been engaged for 14 years and from waiting it is affecting her health. on the other hand you have the man who is the best gabler in the world who gets stuck in a sticky situation because he falls in love with this women who is big on religion and against gambling. all in all this is a cute movie about the random relationships between men and women and how most guys would do anything for their doll.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guys & Dolls is a classic musical. It is fun to see a young Marlon Brando as Sky Masterson, and a young Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit. The music is catchy, Luck Be A Lady, and Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat. Who wouldn't love the lyrics when Sgt.Sarah Brown sings If I were a bell I'd be ringing, or if I was a salad I'd be tossing my dressing. Sure it's a corny musical but with Frank Loesser music/lyrics it throws you back to another place and time like any good musical should. It gets an A plus in my book for the music and the story line.
catbmkw More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the old films are the best, this is one of those. Great cast,great story...a must see.
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Im in this show at my middle school and i'm playing Sky Masterson, so i jumped to see this movie. I thought that this was going to be some old boaring movie that put me to sleep. I was so wrong! Although some singing could be better this is still 2 thumbs way way up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great cast, great songs.
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