Guys and Dolls
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This 1955 film began life as two Runyon short stories, the most prominent of which was "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown." This material was fleshed out into a 2-act libretto by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, then set to music by Frank Loesser and directed by George S. Kaufman. Opening late in 1950, Guys and Dolls was one of Broadway's hottest tickets for several seasons. The plot involves a certain Broadway citizen by the name of Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra), who maintains the "Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York." Seeking a location for his latest… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Conceivably the best picture Sam Goldwyn ever produced."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Brando wasn't producer Sam Goldwyn's first choice as Sky (that was Gene Kelly) but he acquits himself outstandingly."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"Classic Sinatra/Brando musical is a whole lot of fun."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A wonderful, lavish adaptation of the hit musical that boasts a score of classic production numbers"
‑ , Film4
"Snappy musical about ne'er-do-well gamblers in Gotham is still an unbeatable hand."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Guys and Dolls is a bangup filmusical in the topdrawer Goldwyn manner."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A great play but just a good movie."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Too talky."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is chained to its stage musical origins and at times seems limited by its studio-bound sets and camera angles. Nevertheless, it is a joyful tale, about New York street gamblers who have a run-in with the Salvation Army, and the songs are terrific. Bran"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Miscast version of an overpraised show"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A musical fairly glittering with intelligence and invention."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Though assigned to the wrong director (Mankiewicz), the musical movie still maintains some charm, largely due to the performances of Sinatra and Brando"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"No one's cool enough to blow off a movie starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Not you, not me...nobody."
‑ Will Harris,
"Ya gotta love seeing the first glimpse of Don Corleone here. A fun screen adaptation if not musically sound."
‑ Michael Drakulich, Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
"Still one of the most thrilling and thoroughly entertaining of all musicals."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
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