Guys and Dolls

I seriously considered singing “If I were a bell” for a choir audition once


Release date: November 3, 1955
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: People who don’t like musicals. People who love musicals. Fans of A Streetcar Named Desire. 

When should you watch this movie: When you’re home on a rainy afternoon. When you want to turn your brain off for a bit. 

The sell: Not sure if we even can or ever will (or ever should) forgive Marlon Brando for Last Tango in Paris, but if we can and we do, we may then watch this movie with unencumbered joy. And that’s really what this is, a joy. Guys and Dolls is a classic production with memorable songs and funny characters. The film adaptation gives the added benefit of acting talents Frank Sinatra (as Nathan Detroit) and Marlon Brando (as Sky Masterson). PLUS Jean Simmons as Sister Sarah Brown, I mean, what’s not to love? The set pieces are brightly colorful, providing a vibrant background to a highly irreverent adventure. The ensemble is charmingly criminal and the classically 1950s gender commentary is not nearly as egregious as it could have been. Even the most curmudgeonly hater is bound to chuckle at least once and tap their feet at least twice.  

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