I’m back with my spotlight on a film I think all classic film lovers, like myself, should try to catch. For this week I am choosing Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ GUYS AND DOLLS airing on TCM at 3 PM, est on July 5th. GUYS AND DOLLS is a great film worthy watching if only to see Marlon Brando sing….but seriously the score is one of the great Broadway masterpieces. With both music and lyrics written by Mr. Frank Loesser, GUYS is unlike any other musical, an over-the-top portrayal of the world it depicts making it the ultimate “show” musical.
GUYS AND DOLLS features one great character after another, played by some of the great character actors of all time including: Sheldon Leonard, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye, and B.S. Pully just to name a few. The film has great sets and costumes and features Frank Sinatra at the height of his powers. He was IMO
correctly cast as Nathan Detroit…..Brando however is another story. While Brando’s acting in the film is first-rate, as is most his vehicles of that time period, however there is no way on God’s green Earth he should have sung, it is brutal to say the least. Frank made references many times on stage that it reminded him of a yak in heat. Nonetheless, it is a great film, with a great cast, fantastic score and some of the greatest actors of their time…or for that matter any time. Be sure to tune in to watch GUYS AND DOLLS on July 5th, a great way to relax after the July 4th festivities.