Guys and Dolls (1955) - Comedy, Crime, Musical

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In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons
Length: 150 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 17 out of 141 found boring (12.05%)

One-line Reviews (79)

I don't consider this one of the classic musicals, but many do, and it's enjoyable enough.

The songs given to the "Dolls" are forgettable and quite tedious despite being quite short.

Based on a hit Broadway musical which was, in turn, based on stories by Damon Runyan, Guys and Dolls is bright and colourful, with highly stylised city backdrops, some great songs and engaging dancing, a distinct and individual identity thanks to Runyan's unique dialogue, and great performances from the principles.

Vivian Blaine is also excellent as frank Sinatra's perennial fiancé, and the other members of the cast, especially Stubby Kaye and Johnny Silver, deliver wonderfully entertaining performances.

Hugely entertaining musical .

I really enjoyed it.

The sets are divine, bright and colorful, the characters are bigger than life and you can't help but love them, and Michael Kidd's choreography is absolutely stunning.

Amusing, entertaining, energetic and (at the very least) foot-tapping, just what a musical should be.

Guys and Dolls was a compelling film version of a Broadway musical .

This is one of the most thrilling and thoroughly entertaining of all musicals.

It is very well-directed, has some great witty dialogue and an engaging story and characters.

The movie is slow-paced, the picture disjointed, the singing 'pops up' on you so that you suddenly are reminded it's a musical.

despite this I do find the film really enjoyable and Marlon Brando is convincing as the gambler who repents.

The acting is impeccable, and what's more, almost believable (for a musical at least), the singing is pretty decent (well, Marlon Brando is another story, but I'll get to that) and the whole thing is just so amusing and entertaining that you'll be singing the tunes and quoting the lines long after you've finished watching it.

It allows for the predictable twists in the story, in the sudden turn-on-turn-off of the charms of the character, of the idiosyncrasies of people from the streets (gangsters and dancers and the "saitn" played by Jean Simmons who falls for Brando).

One critic here complained that the film does not have the song "All I Wish For You," but if I'm correct that was song by Sarah Brown's father and was probably the most boring ballad of the lot.

The problem I find with some musicals is that, between the song-and-dance numbers, they can be a little, well, dull.

Adelaide's Lament (Shows a neurotic tendency, see note:, Chronic organic symptoms, Toxic or hypertense, Involving the eye, the ear, the nose, and throat) where she sing-reads a medical textbook is so weird and so compelling.

I enjoyed it then and after seeing it countless times since it's still enjoyable.

Overall, though, the Guys and Dolls movie is always enjoyable.

If the part in Havana had not been so long, despite being good, or the boring parts removed, there would have been time for these.

The film is too long, sags in the middle during the Havana sequence, and the entire affair looks artificial and stylized to such an extent that believability suffers.

Kidd's vignettes are lifeless and boring – Berkley managed to weave tap dancing, comedy, fun, high drama, sex and political commentary all into the six or seven minute sequence.

(Choreography "stunning"?

The pacing is slow and there is no energy.

Despite the reported controversy over who played whom in this enjoyable adaption of Damon Runyon's short stories, I reckon they got the choice right.

And Vivian Blaine, who I never heard of, but who I guess played the role on Broadway, just seemed to slow the proceedings down.

This is an overlong film that feels notably drawn out, especially in the first half.

All in all, a hugely entertaining musical with lots to like.

Entertaining musical where Nathan Detroit needs $1,000.00 to get up a floating crap game so he entices Sky Masterson to try and get salvation army girl, played by Jean Simmons, to go with Masterson to Havana.

boring .

Also, the pacing in the movie I've always felt dragged.

Still, even with the flaws, GUYS AND DOLLS is a charming film that's certainly worth watching.

It seems that Mankiewicz really took his time to work on these scenes – especially as a writer – and improve on a part of the show that came off as trite.

The director relaxes all these scenes, and the music is allowed to become languid.

" I know that Bernstein envisioned a slower tempo for "I Feel Pretty" in West Side Story.

I actually saw a better and more entertaining production of this musical at a local high school once.

Now for the bad parts--Jean Simmons is a wonderful actress but she's stuck with a drab colorless role and can't do much with it.

Of course too, the musical numbers are entertaining, such as "Guys and Dolls", "I'll Know when My Love comes Along", and the unforgettable song "Luck, Be a Lady tonight".

This underbelly of the city made a living out of the street life that was so intense.

And, yes - It was also a hopelessly boring Rom/Com that ended (after 2.5 hours) on one of the most cringe-worthy bum-notes imaginable.

"Guys and Dolls" is a thoroughly enjoyable example of musical comedy at its very best.

A very entertaining movie in many ways.

One Of The Most Thrilling And Thoroughly Entertaining Musical .

Mankiewicz ("All About Eve") in a colorful, enjoyable movie that featured an all-star cast including Vivian Blaine (from the original Broadway show), Jean Simmons (whose character bears an odd resemblance to Audrey Hepburn in "Roman Holiday") and two of the all-time great leading men, Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando, both of whom had recently won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor ("From Here To Eternity") and Best Actor ("On the Waterfront") and were on the top of their game.

When I saw this on stage at a local theater and heard it, I was shocked by how dull it was.

The romantic comedy is highly funny and entertaining with great musical numbers.

I could give many more examples of the weak and contrived plotting, and of course the counter would always be "well its just a piece of light hearted entertainment, not to be taken seriously.

After watching this delightful film fifty years after it first came out, I can honestly say I enjoyed it even more this (my fourth...

I find it to be a very well done movie and very enjoyable to everyone.

The movie is far too long at 150 minutes--the scenes between Brando and Simmons really drag and should have been shortened.

It's arty, worth watching and isn't a crap film - I like it, don't love it; sue me.

Dialogue - achingly slow.

The 'book' is fast paced and hysterical.

The very uttering of those names evoked the excitement and glamour of New York to us in the dull boring monochrome society of England in the mid 1950s.

If you like the famous songs that came out of Guys and Dolls, like "Luck be a Lady", "Guys and Dolls", and "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat", or if you like stylized period pieces where everyone speaks without contractions, or if you like Brando or Frankie, or if you like the scripts in musicals to be as entertaining as the songs, or if you want to laugh, or swoon, or sing along, or if you're looking for a new favorite musical, buy a copy of Guys and Dolls.

Why is this film so excruciatingly boring?

The rest of the cast manage to bring a certain amount of class to this film when so many stage versions have made it appear dull and lifeless.

" But even the light hearted must be competently constructed in order to be enjoyable.

This is one of the most entertaining Broadway plays converted to film ever written.

Entertaining .

I'd also argue that 150 minutes was way too long.

That scene alone makes the movie worth watching.

Entertaining musical comedy that features Sinatra as the mischeivous Nathan Detroit.

A few musical comedies from the 50's and 60's managed to survive the test of time and remain universally entertaining; Guys and Dolls is not one of those.

Especially enjoyable is hearing him say "Daddy...

I have seen this movie many times and have enjoyed it every time.

The musical crap shoot in the sewer is very lively and exciting what with all the fine choreography.

It may be simpler, sweeter, and less memorable than other genre-defining classics such as Singin' in the Rain, but if you're seeking out a rollicking, robustly entertaining classical gem, you're in luck.

Everyone took themselves so SERIOUSLY, which is probably why so many of the scenes dragged quite a bit, rather than moved along at a snappy pace.

Mankiewicz juxtaposing Michael Kidd's snappy, avant garde choreography with static sequences of the leads singing swooning songs to each other and the camera lands the film squarely betwixt classical and contemporary sensibilities.

Frank Sinatra is in top form and I always love watching the great and stunning actress Jean Simmons.

By then my ears hurt from Brando & Simmons and I'm sleepy from the slow pace!

Frank Sinatra is too smooth and collected for the addled Nathan Detroit; Jean Simmons is bland as missionary worker Sarah Brown.

Did Brando, star of some of the fifty's most compelling dramas approach Mankiewicz and whisper, 'C'mon Joe, I could do a musical, I can do anything I'm a method actor.

As a matter of fact, the best scenes in the whole film are the snappy dialogue scenes between Brando and Simmons, those scenes in which they really get to act.

Guys and Dolls is a great musical, with terrific songs, snappy dialogue and memorable characters.

The film was extremely slow at times, boring in fact.

The music is exultant at times but is more than a little repetitive in it's tunes and so only one or two songs are really good out of the many they sing.