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Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls is a bangup filmusical in the topdrawer Goldwyn manner, including a resurrection of the Goldwyn Girls.

Marlon Brando Jean Simmons Frank Sinatra Vivian Blaine Robert Keith Stubby Kaye

Guys and Dolls is a bangup filmusical in the topdrawer Goldwyn manner, including a resurrection of the Goldwyn Girls.

The casting is good all the way. Much interest will focus, of course, around Marlon Brando in the Robert Alda stage original and Jean Simmons as the Salvation Army sergeant (created by Isabel Bigley), and they deport themselves in inspired manner. They make believable the offbeat romance between the gambler and the spirited servant of the gospel.

Vivian Blaine is capital in her original stage role. Frank Sinatra is an effective vis-a-vis in the Sam Levene original of Nathan Detroit and among the four they handle the burden of the score.

The action shifts from the Times Square street scenes to the Havana idyll, where Brando had taken the mission doll (‘on a bet’).

1955: Nominations: Best Color Cinematography, Color Costume Design, Color Art Direction, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Guys and Dolls

Production: Goldwyn. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Producer Samuel Goldwyn; Screenplay Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor Daniel Mandell; Music Jay Blackton (sup.), Cyril J. Mockridge (adapt.); Art Director Oliver Smith

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 149 MIN.

With: Marlon Brando Jean Simmons Frank Sinatra Vivian Blaine Robert Keith Stubby Kaye

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