Thursday, October 9, 2008

Guys and Dolls

I really like Guys and Dolls. I'm a huge fan of Damon Runyon's stories, upon which the movie is based. But, and I admit this is weird, I don't really like a lot of the songs. I like musicals in general, but some of the songs here, especially the ones sung by Adelaide, are extremely annoying. So it's one of the only musicals where I like the dialogue a lot more than the songs.

Don't get me wrong; some of the songs are great. Although in this movie version, the casting is a little wonky. Marlon Brando plays Sky Masterson, who does a lot of singing. Meanwhile, Frank Sinatra is stuck in the patter role of Nathan Detroit. It seems like they could have been switched, although I have to admit that both do a good job in the roles they've got. Although Brando's songs were reportedly stitched together note by note, which takes away from the effect a bit.

1 comment:

Rabrab said...

Monty, there's a site I think you'll enjoy, if you don't already know about it:

It's who didn't get the part but was considered for, or wanted it.
It's searchable by movie or actor.

For Guys and Dolls, Frank Sinatra really wanted to play Sky. But before it went to Frank and Marlon, it was being considered for Bing Crosby (Sky) and Bob Hope (Nathan). Think that's scary? Marilyn Monroe wanted to play Adelaide.