Guys and Dolls (1955)




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When Sky Masterson is challenged to take a missionary to Havana, he finds himself falling in love. But will she return his love when she realizes the trip was a ploy?
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Marlon Brando
as Sky Masterson
Frank Sinatra
as Nathan Detroit
Jean Simmons
as Sarah Brown
Vivian Blaine
as Miss Adelaide
Robert Keith
as Lt. Brannigan
Stubby Kaye
as Nicely Nicely Johnson
Regis Toomey
as Arvide
B.S. Pully
as Big Jule
Johnny Silver
as Benny Southstreet
Sheldon Leonard
as Harry the Horse
Kathryn Givney
as Gen. Cartwright
Veda Ann Borg
as Laverne
Danny Dayton
as Rusty Charlie
George E. Stone
as Society Max
Joe McTurk
as Angie the Ox
Kay E. Kuter
as Calvin
Stapleton Kent
as Mission Member
Renee Renor
as Cuban Singer
John Indrisano
as Liverlips Louis
Earl Hodgins
as Pitchman
Earle Hodgins
as Pitchman
Harry Tyler
as Max, Waiter at Mindy's
Matt Murphy
as The Champ
Julian Rivero
as Havana Waiter
Larri Thomas
as Goldwyn Girls of 1955
Jann Darlyn
as Goldwyn Girls of 1955
June Kirby
as Goldwyn Girls of 1955
Madelyn Darrow
as Goldwyn Girls of 1955
Franklin Farnum
as Spectator at Song and Dance Number
Barbara Brent
as Goldwyn Girls of 1955
Harry Wilson
as Singing Man in Barber Shop
Sam Harris
as Spectator at Song and Dance Number
Franklyn Farnum
as Spectator at Hot Box Club
Frank Richards
as Man with Packages
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Critic Reviews for Guys and Dolls

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (4)

Ultimate odd couple Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra play charismatic cats in hats and spats on the mean (but very clean) streets of New York.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Conceivably the best picture Sam Goldwyn ever produced.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Guys and Dolls is a bangup filmusical in the topdrawer Goldwyn manner.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009
Top Critic

A musical fairly glittering with intelligence and invention.

June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The showtunes are weapons-grade: especially Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat, which never fails to get any audience on its feet. A must.

Full Review… | December 25, 2014

Joseph L Mankiewicz's adaptation of the Frank Loesser Broadway musical, itself adapted from Damon Runyon stories, looks a treat. The wonder of the film is that it combines widescreen colour and opulence with an earthy, street-level humour.

Full Review… | December 19, 2014
Independent (UK)

Audience Reviews for Guys and Dolls


The opening says it all. Or rather, shows it. A beautifully choreographed piece sets the tone of the film, the city, and the characters. As we follow a watch being stolen numerous times, it shows us the petty crime, and the fun and exuberant dances show us the whimsical nature. Sinatra is great as Nathan Detroit, and Brando shows us a completely new side to himself. Sure, his singing may have been cut and pasted from multiple takes, but cinema is all abut creating illusions. The film may be gentle and obvious, but none can deny the sheer excellence of routines, such as the sewer craps game. Making good use of color, movement, humor, and songs, this is a classically addictive film.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


If you don't think Brando has range, you need to see this movie. I love it, the songs are good, the actors are good, the story is interesting, and it's exciting and romantic too. I love it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Bouncy MGM musical set during the late 1940s detailing the activities of petty criminals and professional gamblers in New York . Nathan Detroit bets that Sky Masterson can't take uptight, ultraconservative Sarah Brown to Havana on a date. Detroit hopes to win $1000 so he can secure a place for his crap game. As with most musicals, the plot is merely an excuse to sing a lot of songs. The enjoyable score includes such classics as "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat", "Luck Be a Lady" and "Fugue for Tinhorns". The cinematography, costumes and Michael Kidd's choreography are marvelous as well. However the film's exalted reputation is overrated. Non-singers Jean Simmons and Marlon Brando are adequate, as is the rest of the cast, but no one is particularly exceptional. Even Frank Sinatra, who was reportedly unhappy with not playing Sky Masterson, gives a rather cheerless performance. The studio bound production is stagy and artificial, unbefitting a story set within the streets of New York City. And the film's bloated 150 minutes will test even the most ardent theater fan. A good adaptation, just not a great one.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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