High stakes are the name of the game in the classic film “Guys and Dolls,” which will be shown on the big screen at the State Theatre Center for the Arts tomorrow as part of their Classic Film Series.
The musical film hit the box office in 1955 starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also wrote the screenplay.
Simmons, the third choice for the part of Sergeant Sarah Brown was the only actor in the film to walk away with a Golden Globe award, winning Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy.
Gambler Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) seeks to organize an unlicensed crap game, but the police, led by Lieutenant Brannigan (Robert Keith), are “putting on the heat.”
All the places where Nathan usually holds his games refuse him entry due to Brannigan’s intimidating pressure.
Adding to Nathan’s problems, his fiancée, Miss Adelaide (Blaine), a nightclub singer, wants to bring an end to their 14-year engagement and actually tie the knot. She also wants him to go straight, but organizing illegal gambling is the only thing he’s good at.
Nathan meets an old acquaintance, Sky Masterson (Brando), a gambler willing to bet on virtually anything and for high amounts. Nathan proposes a $1,000 bet, by which Sky must take a girl of Nathan’s choosing to dinner in Havana, Cuba. The bet seems impossible for Sky to win when Nathan nominates Sergeant Sarah Brown (Simmons), a sister at the Save a Soul Mission, which opposes gambling.
From there the film goes on a whirlwind of love, deception and luck, with love winning the house in the end.
Out of nearly 31,000 users on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes who participated, 83 percent said they liked the movie.
It is also certified fresh with a 90 percent approval rating after 31 reviews were submitted.
“An escapist, sing-along joy with a winning edge of grown-up wit, making for a perfect festive season night out for anyone fond of a splash of old-school style,” said Hannah McGill with “The List.”
“Brando the singing actor and Sinatra the acting singer make a remarkable pair as sharp-suited gangsters and gamblers, along with their “dolls”, Vivian Blaine and the English actress Jean Simmons,” said Kate Muir with “The Times” (UK).
Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students.
Upcoming movies as part of the 2018-19 season presents: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Oct. 5, 7 p.m. only); “The Dirty Dozen” (Nov. 9); “Christmas Vacation” (Dec. 7); “Bringing Up Baby” (Jan. 11); “An Affair To Remember” (Feb. 15); “Blazing Saddles” (March 8); “Rebecca” (April 12); “Kelly’s Heroes” (May 17); “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (June 21); “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (July 19); and “Gone With the Wind” (Aug. 16).