Guys and Dolls (1955)

Dir. Joseph Mankiewicz
Starring: Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, etc.

One caveat before I say anything about this film: I was not giving this film my full attention, not seeing all of some scenes because I was on the computer. (I lost interest.) Not a terrible film, but I can’t think of anyone that I can recommend this to. This appears in the 1001 book, and I guess there are valid reasons for choosing it—but I probably wouldn’t have chosen it.

Marlon Brando in a musical—singing and dancing, no less. That’s the main source of my interest in the film. The verdict? Well, his singing and dancing are barely passable. A lot of the songs are good though and the sets—making the film look like a play—are appealing (just not enough for me to get into). There are two stories in this. One involves a Nathan Detroit (Sinatra), a guys trying to find a place for the biggest crap game in NYC. There’s only two problems: 1.) he promised his wife he’d quit gambling; 2.) the police are hot on his trail; 3.) and if that’s not enough, he doesn’t have the money to secure a location.

Enter Sky Masterson (Brando), a high stakes gambler and the character involved in the second story, who makes a bet with Nathan that he can get any woman to go with him, because, he claims, all of them are the same. Nathan Selects zealous and prudish Sgt of the Salvation Army (Simmons) as the woman in question. I liked some of the dialogue between them—my favorite occurring the first time they meet.

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