Guys And Dolls

Year Released: 1955
Main Stars: Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Vivian Blane, Jean Simmons
Last watched: August 2015
Review Date: August 2015
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: TV

“Luck be a lady tonight”

Sometimes you gotta try the old ones. Sometimes you wonder why you did.

Iconic, well known title,  couple of well known songs but this Hollywood production is bland. It’s not as good as a show and not a good film. Marlon is a looker but looks out of place here as there isn’t any depth or need for intimidation. He’s also not got a strong voice so for the show stopping Luck Be A Lady number he can’t take it where it needs to go and ends up with just another song.

Frank sings well but he can’t save what looks to be one of many stage-to-film conversions of the time and the show just doesn’t have any oomph on the silver screen. Even Vivian’s wonderful characterisation can’t create enough atmosphere to let this adaptation breath.

For me, it took a lot to get through this and even then there was a feeling of missing parts. One to see in a theatre not your living room.


Keep DVD?

No, sit down, don’t rock the boat.
Watch if on TV?
No, in other woids, a girl can just not watch this.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Luck be another film entirely. Avoid.

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About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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