(out of 5)
Frank Loesser’s fantastic musical, based on stories by Damon Runyon, is served quite faithfully in this thoroughly enjoyable musical. The cast is (surprisingly) headed by Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, and both of them do exceedingly well in both the singing and dancing departments. They play a notorious gambler (him) and a strait-laced Salvation Army soldier (her) who fall in love despite the differences between them. Also in the mix are Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine (recreating her fantastic role as Adelaide from the Broadway production) who themselves are trying to maintain a romance after being engaged for fourteen years. Song highlights include “Adelaide’s Lament”, “I’ll Know”, “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat” (performed magnificently by Stubby Kaye, also recreating his stage role) and a fantastic dance sequence that takes place in a Cuban dive.
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr.
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Music by Frank Loesser
Production Design by Oliver Smith
Costume Design by Irene Sharaff
Film Editing by Daniel Mandell
Golden Globe Awards 1955