Guys And Dolls (1955)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1955.  .Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the musical play, book by , , from a story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1955.Golden Globe Awards 1955.

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   (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.

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