Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

DVD - 2013
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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.
Publisher: [United States : Warner Home Video, 2013]
ISBN: 9781624042102
Call Number: DVD F GUYS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (150 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 15, 2019

I liked this Fiction Musical Comedy. It is okay for kids as long as you tell kids drinking liquor and gambling is not a good life style. Gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) that Sky cannot get virtuous Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) out on a date. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with her in exchange for bringing people into her mission. Meanwhile, Nathan's longtime fiancée, Adelaide (Vivian Blaine), wants him to go legit and marry her.

Jul 18, 2018

"Guys and Dolls" is a really absurd Musical from the 1950's. And what makes it the most absurd of all is the total miscasting of Marlon Brando, the big toughie, in a simpering romantic role where he actually even gets up and dances around.

And, believe me - Brando is so out of his element in this overlong production that his character actually encourages the viewer to laugh out loud at how preposterous he really looks here.

Yes. Brando aside - There are a couple of very nicely choreographed musical numbers in "Guys and Dolls" - But, when it comes to 1950's Musicals, I'd say that there are definitely some others out there that are much more entertaining to watch than this - such as - "Singing In The Rain".

Jun 28, 2018

1955's "Guys and Dolls" was a big-budget musical production that cost MGM Studios $5.5 million.

Yes. It was bright and flashy. Yes. It was busy and bushy-tailed. And, yes - It was also a hopelessly boring Rom/Com that ended (after 2.5 hours) on one of the most cringe-worthy bum-notes imaginable.

And, speaking about actor, Marlon Brando (aka. "Mumbles") - I cannot figure out, for the life of me, why he would agree to star in this fluffy foolishness.

Not only did he come across looking like an utter jackass, singing and dancing - But he was far from being at all convincing as a sweethearted lover-boy in the heat of romance.

I mean - Let's face it - Brando was born a bully (of both men and women) and that's the only type of character he's at all suited for playing.

Anyway - This film has an interesting behind-the-scenes story involving the strained working relationship, on the set, between Brando (it figures) and Frank Sinatra. (For further juicy details - Check it out on Wikipedia)

LiztheLibrarian Jan 25, 2018

This is one of my favorite musicals, but I don't think the movie really lived up to its potential, but worth a watch just for the music.

Dec 08, 2016

This is one of my all-time favorite musicals, so I have always loved this movie. The songs are fun and catchy, so much so, that I often have one or two of them playing in my head. If you love old musicals, like Frank Sinatra, and want to see Marlon Brando croon a love song, check this movie out!

Jan 28, 2016

GREAT 1955 musical - possibly the best I have ever seen. I'm really enjoying seeing 40's and 50's musicals, I was too young to be attracted to when they were originally released - thanks KCLS!

Great production, choreography, acting, etc. - and (according to Wikipedia) Marlon Brando actually sang his songs live - no lip syncing overdubs, etc.

Vivian Blaine was new to me and I have more of her performances on my For Later shelf.

Jan 13, 2014

I prefer the song line-up in the stage version. Brando's dancing is good, and he acted the songs well and did his best re the singing. I can understand why they cast him, but would have preferred someone with a stronger voice. All of the other performers are excellent in all respects.

Dec 07, 2013

A musical from the past. If you are a fan of this type of films you will like it. Watching a young Brando doing his thing is a bonus. I still prefer 'West Side Story', though.

Nov 12, 2013


wooknight Nov 08, 2013

A wonderful musical with delightful performances by Brando , Sinatra and Vivian Blaine

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Mar 18, 2012

A gentleman-gambler falls in love with a missionary, while a floating crap-game operator avoids marriage to his long-time fiancee
Marlon Brando, Jeans Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Robert Keith, Stubby Kaye, B.S. Pulley, Johnny Silver, The Goldwyn Girls.


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