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Format: DVD
Sku: 40132956
UPC: 027616809322
UPC 14: 00027616809322
Category Keywords: Romance  Theatrical Release
Rating: NR
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Samuel Goldwyn Presents...
A broadway gambler bets a runyonesque high roller cannot take a sidewalk soul-saver on a date to havana.

"...a joyful tale, about New York street gamblers who have a run-in with the Salvation Army, and the songs are terrific.  Doug Pratt,
"Snappy musical about ne'er-do-well gamblers in Gotham is still an unbeatable hand.  James Rocchi, Netflix
"...spectacular...[a] song-and-dance show that's loaded with entertainment.  New York Journal
"One of the top musicals of this or any year.  New York Post
"...[a] lavish musical loaded with laughs...  The Hollywood Reporter

Editor's Note
Based on the Broadway show from the Damon Runyon short story and filled to the brim with Frank Loesser tunes such as "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat," this outrageously comic film featuring Marlon Brando's bold musical debut is a colorful tale about gamblers, a feisty Salvation Army lass, and a dance-hall girl with a pining heart. Veteran gambler Sky Masterson (Brando) takes a bet from Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) that he can win the affection of a "soldier" (Jean Simmons) in the Salvation Army, setting himself up to lose both his money and his heart. Romance is the last thing the gambler and the missionary expect, and they fight against their attraction for all they're worth in glowing singing and dancing numbers. Love proves to be contagious as spicy dancer Miss Adelaide, in a role re-created for the screen from Broadway by showstopper Vivian Blaine, is determined to get her fiancé, Nathan, to the altar one way or another. Stubby Kaye and B.S. Pully also reprise their stage roles in this glorious Cinemascope film that earned four Academy Award nominations. GUYS AND DOLLS consistently ranks among the most popular film musicals of all time.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Trailers, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/7/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 149 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1955
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 90893
Video UPC UPC: 00027616809322
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Robert Keith
Video Cast Info B. S. Pully
Video Cast Info Marlon Brando
Video Cast Info Stubby Kaye
Video Cast Info George E. Stone
Video Cast Info Frank Sinatra
Video Cast Info Sheldon Leonard
Video Cast Info Vivian Blaine
Video Cast Info Jean Simmons
Video Cast Info Daniel Mandell - Editor
Video Cast Info Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Oliver Smith - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Michael Kidd - Choreographer
Video Cast Info Frank Loesser - Composer
Video Cast Info Samuel Goldwyn - Producer
Video Cast Info Jay Blackton - Music Director
Video Cast Info Harry Stradling - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Cyril J. Mockridge - Music Director
Video Cast Info Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Director
Plot Summary
Brando's bold musical debut based on the Damon Runyon comedy about gamblers and a Salvation Army lass is adapted for the screen by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The colorful Cinemascope film posits Sky Masterson [Marlon Brando] betting Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) that he can win the heart of a lady "soldier" (Jean Simmons). The movie features popular Frank Loesser tunes such as "Luck Be a Lady," and many of the original Broadway performers reprise their roles.


British Academy Awards (1957)
   Video Award Name Guys and Dolls, Nominee, Best Film from any Source
   Video Award Name Jean Simmons, Nominee, Best Foreign Actress

Golden Globe (1956)
Video Award Name Guys and Dolls, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy

Oscar (1956)
   Video Award Name Harry Stradling, Sr., Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color
   Video Award Name Irene Sharaff, Nominee, Best Costume Design, Color
   Video Award Name Jay Blackton, Cyril J. Mockridge, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Golden Globe (1956)
Video Award Name Jean Simmons, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy

Oscar (1956)
   Video Award Name Oliver Smith, et. al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...An imperishable score and the once-in-a-lifetime casting of Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra..." 04/28/2000 p.5E

Entertainment Weekly
"Brando's Sky has a streak of old-fashioned, almost Cary-Grant-ish charm..." 07/16/2004 p.29-30

"Dazzling....Show-stopping numbers and endlessly quotable lingo ensure the sheer entertainment power remains undimmed after 50 years." 08/01/2005 p.138

Widescreen Review
"GUYS AND DOLLS is a true American musical classic." 05/01/2006 p.70 7 of 10
Damon Runyon's short story "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" became the unlikely subject of the biggest new Broadway musical of 1950. It was directed by the legendary George S. Kaufman, and contained memorable songs composed by Frank Loesser. It was inevitable that the play would become an MGM film, although it cost Samuel Goldwyn dearly. He paid a million dollars plus a percentage of the gross for the rights. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who had won Oscars in consecutive years for All About Eve (1950) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949), was named as the director...With its colorful sets and costumes, and exaggerated characters and choreography, Guys and Dolls lives up to the expectations of a big budget MGM musical from the 1950s. Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) and Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) are hardened New York City gamblers. Masterson opines that "all Dolls are alike", which leads to a bet with Detroit that he can win the love of Sarah (Jean Simmons)...At 150 minutes, Guys and Dolls does seem overlong. While the legions of fans of the long-running musical would object to the removal of production numbers, the film could do without "Adelaise's Lament" and "Take Back Your Mink". Vivian Blaine's role in Guys and Dolls may be the highlight of her film career, but her clinging, pyschosomatic character can be reduced without impacting the major storylines...Guys and Dolls had its greatest success at the Golden Globes. In the Musical/Comedy category, it won Best Picture and Best Actress (Simmons). At the Academy Awards, it was nominated without a win for its sets, cinematography, costume design, and score. As fifties musicals go, Guys and Dolls had nothing to be ashamed of, but it was hardly in the same league as Singin' in the Rain (1952) and A Star is Born (1954). - Brian Koller

DVD Town 6 of 10
I have the impression that the movie version of "Guys and Dolls" may have been more than a bit outdated even when it was first released in 1955. It comes off as a passably good musical and certainly one that everybody knows, but it's not a great musical. Its cast, which includes Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, is sincere, and its screenwriter and director, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, is earnest...Maybe the fault lies with Frank Loesser's music and lyrics. With the exception of a couple of numbers, they aren't really memorable. I'd bet that beyond "Luck Be A Lady," most people would be hard pressed to recognize, let alone remember, any other song. Be that as it may, "Guys and Dolls" is a long, lavish, old-fashioned Hollywood production that tries very hard to entertain. Maybe too hard. No such reservations about MGM's picture and sound, though. They're first-rate all the way...Samuel L. Goldwyn, who produced the movie, brought a measure of publicity to the film before it ever started shooting by paying a then-record $1,000,000 for the screen rights. But Brando was not Goldwyn's first choice to play Sky Masterson; Gene Kelly was. There were also thoughts about Clark Gable and even Dean Martin (with Jerry Lewis as Nathan Detroit)..."Guys and Dolls" comes off as a throwback to the extravagant Hollywood shows of the thirties and forties, a form soon to be replaced by deeper, more penetrating character studies like "My Fair Lady," more sociopolitical efforts like "Cabaret," and more satiric stage works like Frank Loesser's own later musical, "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."...Many people still consider "Guys and Dolls" the greatest Broadway show of all time, and I wish them well. For me, most of the songs fail to endure the test of time. - John J. Puccio

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Brando,Marlon
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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