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Guys and Dolls [DVD] [1955]

Marlon Brando , Jean Simmons , Joseph L. Mankiewicz    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Robert Keith
  • Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Mgm
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KIT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,619 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This CinemaScope treatment of Frank Loesser's hit Broadway musical Guys and Dolls is a deeply rewarding visual and musical experience. Frank Sinatra turns in one of his best screen performances running a close second to Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, looking adorable and singing sweetly. In essence this is a piece of photographed theatre mounted on a handsome scale. The striking set designs and a brilliantly executed soundtrack are courtesy of two Broadway craftsmen Oliver Smith and conductor Jay Blackton. Photographer Harry Stradling brings a meticulous eye for detail when his camera stationed on the auditorium side of the frame, peers into Miss Adelaide's bathroom cupboard as she views the lines of medicine bottles in her celebrated "lament". Sinatra, in his vocal prime, sings a new number to Adelaide (Vivian Blaine)--arranged by Nelson Riddle--and Brando and Simmons strike chords in all their scenes from their opening duet "I'll Know" through to their evening out at a Havana bistro where she gets pie-eyed on a Bacardi milk-shake, tipsily wondering "If I were a Bell". Stubby Kaye also from the Broadway cast recreates the show-stopping "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat". Michael Kidd's choreography for "Luck Be a Lady" is razor-sharp and superbly captured in the CinemaScope format, though the formalised staging of the opening ought to have been rethought for this medium. The biggest pity is that Loesser amended some of his lyrics and replaced several tunes from his original score with inferior material.

On the DVD: The DVD trailer hosted by Ed Sullivan makes much of the $1,000,000 cheque producer Samuel Goldwyn paid for the rights and the previews of the picture he obtained for his weekly television show. There's no denying that the remastered stereophonic soundtrack captures the Broadway sound to thrilling effect without it being overglamorised. The picture looks splendid too--never settle for the compromise version we've endured all these years on television! --Adrian Edwards

Product Description

A romantic gangster musical starring Frank Sinatra and a singing Marlon Brando. Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) is a New York gambler who needs $1000 in order to stage a big game during the Prohibition era. To get the money, he issues a typically enigmatic challenge to master gambler Sky Masterson (Brando): he must dine with a puritanical Salvation Army girl (Jean Simmons) - and the dinner must be in held in Cuba. Masterson wins the bet and also falls for the girl. Features the songs: 'Luck Be a Lady' and 'A Woman in Love'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Guys and Dolls was regarded as a bit of a disappointment when it came out in 1955, a reputation that clung to it for some time, but it's surprising just how much fun it is. Damon Runyon's elegantly stylised dialog is complemented by the wonderful production design of a stylised New York that's as unreal as the characters while at the same time not overstated enough to make it purely an exercise in style over substance. The score is a real killer, with more great numbers than any musical deserves, and Michael Kidd's wondrously energetic and imaginative choreography is amazing without ever overwhelming the film. The casting is pitch perfect even if Brando isn't a great singer and Sinatra hated the film because he wanted to play Sky Masterson instead of good old reliable Nathan Detroit. The two and a half hours just float by.

While not exactly overloaded with extras, the new featurettes on the special edition DVD are at least an improvement on the original release, which only boasted a badly cropped fullframe version of the trailer introduced by Ed Sullivan - though that enjoyable little extra is missing from the special edition. Unfortunately the remastered transfer is more of a problem - whereas the original MGM/UA release was in the original 2.55:1 ratio, the special edition has been transferred at 2.35:1, losing detail from the left and right of the image.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure joy 7 Feb 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I'm always looking out for videos to amuse both adults and children, and this is a jewel that my 10 year old adored. The dramatisation of Damon Runyon's classic short stories about small-time crooks, mobsters and chorus girls it starts with a long and very funny sequence tracking a pickpocket ambling through a crowded Times Square and getting away with tourists' wallets etc. The theme of "dolls" having the upper hand over "guys" made into a kind of ballet, and by the time three of the "guys" are gathered to give their illegal betting tips, a mood of 1950s liveliness and innocence established.
Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) runs the "oldest floating crap-game in New York", but gambling is illegal and Brannigan, a cop, is makig life uncomfortable for him just as some big gamblers have flown into town. Nathan can hold his game in a garage only if he pays $1000 to the owner, but how to get the money? He spots Skye Masterson (Brando), who boasts all girls are the same, and bets him that even he can't succeed in getting the prim Salvation Army militant, Sarah Brown, to go out with him that evening. However, Skye succeeds in persuading her by promising to bring "a dozen hardened sinners" to her mission the following night. They go to Havana - only to fall in love. In order to make good his bet, Skye then has to pin his hopes on a single roll fo the dice...
The songs, dances, costumes and script crackle with old-fashioned glamour and wit. Brando can't sing for toffee, but it doesn't matter because he's got everything else. Jean Simmons is perfect - sweet and a bit coarse underneath, and Vivian Blaine as Miss Abigail a perfect combination of cat-like shrewdness and kittenish naivety. Ol' Blue Eyes typecast as a seedy low-lifer. Pure joy.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Musical. 13 May 2002
By A Customer
I would say that anyone who loves musicals will
have seen guys & Dolls-to any one who has not seen this Musical and has no more than a passing
interest in musicals then make the effort- it will
be an experience you will not forget-Marlon Brando singing "A Woman In Love" to Jean Simmons
after he has taken her for dinner in Havana Cuba
is a joy- and Sinatra singing to adelaide the "sue Me " number when she finds that he is running "crap games" and the line of the song "Sue me" -sue me-sue me- shoot bullets through me-I love you- it makes you feel sorr7y for them both-but alls well that ends well when they finally marry in a double wedding ceromony with Brando & Jean Simmons---go out and buy -borrow (-but don't steal,) the video or dvd
and have yourself a ball!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars incomplete movie 26 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Guys & Dolls is the best musical ever written and Frank, Vivian, Marlon and Jean are fantastic. My criticisms are that the quality of the recording is terrible and version I got was incomplete. Two songs--one missible, one not are missing from the film.

I have seen this version of the film on TV more than once and the two songs are in there. I have only seen these kinds of problems with another film once: in a pirated version of the Lion King made in China. (It was called "The Loin King.")

I will return this film and demand a full refund.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GUYS AND DOLLS Blue Ray 27 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Excellent film much better quality on blue ray. Now hoping for HIGH SOCIETY on Blue Ray.Please advise when available. Soon I hope
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Broadway - Great Movie 16 Aug 2003
The first thing that blew me away with this DVD is the quality of the sound. It has amazing depth and punch; you'd never believe that the soundtrack is almost 50 years old! ...and then, the sumptuous colour; those wonderful, stylised sets; the choreography...never mind the quality of the original material. "Guys and Dolls" is indisputably one of greatest of Broadways shows and here it gets the best of Holywood treatment; a truly class act. The cast is stella and even those who aren't known for their dancing and singing are totally convincing.
The movie gives the impression of a filmed Broadway show - largely due to the wonderful sets - and it works beautifully. It is remarkably true to its Broadway origins only substituting a couple of new songs. For me, the cream of the crop is Vivian Blaine's portrayal of Adelaide. My only gripe is that the film cuts the reprise of her side-splitting "Lament". How could they NOT include the couplet "so much virus inside, that her microscope slide looks like a day at the zoo."?!!!
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Published 4 days ago by Wendy Lindley
5.0 out of 5 stars OK
OK product, a long time to wait for it, but OK. Wonderfull music, good actors etc etc. good show etc. etc.
Published 2 months ago by Kjeld Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars its fine
it was a fine dvd to watch i think most people would enjoy it a lot to watch sendeer was good to
Published 2 months ago by robert wright
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MUSICAL EVER
Must be the best musical ever to come on to the silver screen with a superb score and a wonderful cast. NOT TO BE MISSED
Published 4 months ago by An Old Greybeard
4.0 out of 5 stars amended review
I appologise for the previous review and have re read the initial description and find that the box was always missing and the dvd was used. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mrs janet wake
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old musical...
I LOVE this movie! An old feel-good classic, with a great soundtrack and some really ingenious choreography :) A great film to watch for a girlie night in!
Published 9 months ago by Susan1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Great Film, and difficult to get hold of these days. Would def recommend watching it. A real classic rom com...
Published 11 months ago by kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you are interested in musical films this is a must with superb acting and singer. That's all you need.
Published 11 months ago by G. Atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Directly out of the bigot Bible
That musical, if it did not have the music, and I do not say the singing, would be today forgotten. The story is zilch. The plot is null. The drama is hilarious. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jacques COULARDEAU
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldie
Interesting to see how well Brando performs in a musical. Sinatra is the best one in it. Jean Simmons decidedly iffy.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs P J Swadling
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