Samuel Goldwyn's 1955 film Guys And Dolls is an excellent adaptation of the 1950 smash hit stage musical of the same name by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling and Frank Loesser, which itself was based on two Damon Runyon short "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure". The story involves a certain Broadway citizen by the name of Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra), who maintains the "Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York." Seeking a location for his latest high-stakes game, Nathan has an opportunity to rent out the Biltmore Garage, but he needs $1,000 to do so. He decides to extract the money from high-rolling Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando), known for his willingness to bet on anything. Nathan wagers that Sky will not be able to talk the prim and proper Salvation Army major Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) into going on a date with him to Cuba. While Sky goes to work on Sarah, Nathan endeavors to fend off his girlfriend Miss Adelaide (Vivian Blaine), who has developed a psychosomatic cold because of her frustrating 14-year engagement to the Mr. Detroit. Thanks to some fast finagling, Sky is able to take Sarah on that date, flying to Havana for this purpose. By the time they've returned to New York, Sky and Sarah are in love, but their ardor cools off abruptly when Nathan, unable to secure the Biltmore garage, attempts to use Sarah's mission as the site of his crap game.
Fun book, absolutely knock-dead songs (even 3 new ones not in the stage musical!)...Frank Loesser at the top of his game.