in about 100 words or less
USA 150m, Colour
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine
Released during the mid-nineteen fifties, the musical film Guys and Dolls was arguably already falling out of fashion with the emerging popular youth culture at the time of its premiere. Its thin romantic plot, involving Sergeant Sarah Brown of the Salvation Army and Sky Masterson a high rolling gambler is nearly as odd as the balance of the cast – a large group of purposely stereotypical mob-types who are always on the lookout for a game of craps, and to sing and dance if the mood was right. Despite some excellent production values, and good performances, the songs are not particularly enjoyable; and although the choreography and set designs are visually interesting, Guys and Dolls is more of a kitschy curiosity than an entertaining musical (Klaus Ming May 2010).