"Guys and Dolls" Film Classic study and/or discussion questions

"Guys and Dolls" Film Classic study and/or discussion questions
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"Guys and Dolls" a 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine. This film is the only musical Brando ever did, so is the answer to a frequently asked trivia question. The film plot is centered around the activities of New York petty criminals and professional gamblers in the late 1940's. Brando plays Sky Masterson, a successful gambler who is willing to take bets on just about anything, including the challenge to get a female of Nathan Detroit's (Frank Sinatra) choice to dine in Havana Cuba with him. Nathan Detroit has to raise some quick cash for a place where he can host an unlicensed crap game, thus the 'sure thing' bet with Sky. The female Sky has to entice to dine with him is Sarah, (Jean Simmons) a straight-laced sister from the Save a Soul Mission (like the Salvation Army). What ensues is a lot of fun. The gangsters Nathan Detroit invites to attend his crap game are colorful tough guys with names like Big Jule,Harry the Horse and Nicely-Nicley Johnson. Of course Sky is being quite successful wooing Sarah in Havana, and Nathan cons his way into using the mission store front to hold his crap game. All is a big mess that has to be made right and of course with the right song and dances, these things work themselves out so beautifully as only they can on Broadway. This is a light spirited, fun film that does show the much lighter side of criminal activity during the 1940's. This film is what many musicals were like during that time period. Do have your students do some internet research on Frank Sinatra and his 'suspected' ties to the Las Vegas mafia, as well as into his other films and music. Marlon Brando's real life was also colorful to say he least, and begs to be researched as well. **A film remake is in the works for Guys and Dolls with screenwriter Danny Strong to script the project. (Danny Strong scripted "Hunger Games: Mockingjay"). (Feedback about this item is really appreciated and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of SALES, FREEBIES and new items posted). Thank You!!
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