Movie Musical Challenge – Guys and Dolls

Posted March 21, 2016 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 4 Comments

Bookish Whimsey Movie Musical Challenge

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’ve made a list of 15 musicals that I haven’t yet seen and probably ought to have. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog. Today is the turn of Guys and Dolls.


The third movie for the challenge is Guys and Dolls (1955), starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine.

 I loved the music and the stylised dancing. All the songs in this show are pretty catchy, including ‘A Bushel and a Peck’, ‘ Luck Be a Lady’ and ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’ to name a few!

And I thought that the casting was pretty perfect,  Vivan Blain is perfect as Adelaide, and paired with Frank Sinatra as Nathan the duo are unstoppable. But it is  Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, for me, as Sky and Sarah who steal the show. Theirs is a relationship I actually root for, and enjoyed more than Adelaide and Nathan, I wish there had been more of Sky and Sarah.

I loved and hated this film at the same time. I loved the film because of the music and for Sky and Sarah’s relationship. I hated the film because I felt at times it was too stylised and I missed some of the ‘moments’ because I was still deciphering what those moments meant.

This may not make it to my top ten list of musicals, but it is a musical to enjoy and appreciate.

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4 responses to “Movie Musical Challenge – Guys and Dolls

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I enjoyed this one much more the second time I watched it, but I can totally see why you loved and hated it. I don’t think this will ever be a big favorite for me, even though I like some of the songs. Also totally agree that Sky and Sarah’s relationship was the more enjoyable!

    • I don’t think its ever going to be something that I decide that I want to watch. I think the main problem is that it is too wordy for a musical, now that I look back on it, despite the great songs.

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