Paramount at the Movies Presents: Guys and Dolls [NR]
Movies | 03/25/2023 | 2:00PM
1955 | | Runtime: 150 minutes
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Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra), the fixer of New York’s longest established floating crap game, is feeling the heat on all sides. The cops are bearing down on him, his clientele have full wallets and itchy dice fingers, and his fiancée is demanding a wedding that’s been 14 years in the making.
Desperate for cash to arrange his next game, Nathan makes a sucker bet with travelling high-roller Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando): woo the leader of the local save-a-soul mission, or lose $1000. Both gambler and fixer get more than they bargained for when love and the law start to close in on their games and the stakes start to rise heavenward.
Image credit: Park Circus
Did you know?
- After filming repeated takes of the scene where Sky (Marlon Brando) and Nathan (Frank Sinatra) first meet, they had to quit for the day when Sinatra had eaten too much cheesecake. He said he could not take one more bite. Brando, knowing how much Sinatra hated cheesecake, had purposely flubbed each take so that Sinatra would have to eat piece after piece of cheesecake. The next day, they came back and shot the scene perfectly on the first take.
- Frank Sinatra loathed the non-singing Marlon Brando for getting the starring role, while Sinatra got a lesser part. His nickname for the sometimes barely comprehensible Brando was “Mumbles.”
- Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and costume designer Irene Sharaff worked together to use costume as character cue, as in Sarah’s nervous habit of opening the second button of her tightly-cinched jackets, signalling her desire to be free of her prim existence.
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