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Guys and Dolls

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Based on the Broadway show from the Damon Runyon short story and filled to the brim with Frank Loesser tunes such as "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat," this outrageously comic film featuring Marlon Brando's … see full wiki

Cast: Robert Keith
Release Date: 1955
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Guys and Dolls

A Review By The Average, Unmarried Female

  • Aug 1, 2000
Pros: Sinatra; Great sets; wonderful costumes; Awesome songs; Great score

Cons: The way Adelaide sneezes

Guys and Dolls tells the stories of two couples during the 1940s: Sarah Brown (a mission doll) and Sky Masterson (a gambler), and Miss Adelaide (a Hot Box girl) and Nathan Detroit (another gambler). Set in New York City, Guys and Dolls recounts the times where "underground" gambling ran wild, and people were still trying to save the souls of those living a life of sin.

Add Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando as the leading men (Nathan and Sky respectively), and you've got a movie that will stay at the top of America's Classic Musicals forever.

For those of you that don't know the story of Guys and Dolls, here's a brief rundown for you. Nathan Detroit is a gambler known for his floating dice game (a dice game that moves from place to place so as not to be caught by Lt. Brannigan and the NYPD) in New York. Gamblers travel from near, like Nicely Nicely Johnson of New York, and far, like Big Jule of Chicago, in order to participate in this game. Nathan has been engaged to the antsy Miss Adelaide, who is a dancer at the night club, The Hot Box. Adelaide is dying to get married, but Nathan just seems to put money before love. Enter Sky Masterson, a high-rolling gambler from out of town. He and Nathan go way back. Since Nathan needs $1,000 in order to host the dice game at the Biltmore garage, he bets Sky the money that Sky can't take Sarah Brown, missionary of the Save a Soul Mission, to Havana with him. Sky accepts the bet, and ends up falling for Sarah.

It's a wonderful story, although the morals aren't very high, with a lot of terrific songs and musical numbers. Some of these songs include Luck Be A Lady, Guys and Dolls, Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat, and, my favorite, Adelaide's Lament. Watching this movie makes me wish that I lived in a musical. I mean, I would love to just open up and sing every now and then.

The sets and costumes are wonderful. You're transported right back to Manhattan in the 1940s. The direction and choreography are fabulous. I have never seen a production of Guys and Dolls that can come remotely close to the movie. Then again, maybe I'm biased because I love Sinatra so much.

If you've never seen this movie, you really should. It's one of Sinatra's best, and my number one favorite musical.


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