Vital Stats: Year: 1955 Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye, Sheldon Leonard Choreographer: Michael Kidd Music & lyrics: Frank Loesser Based on stories by: Damon Runyon
Summary: Gambler Nathan Detroit is under a lot of pressure. Not only is his fiancee of 14 years getting tired of waiting for him, but he also can't find a place to hold his permanent floating crap game. In an attempt to get the money to pay for a gambling location, Nathan makes a $1000 bet with high-roller Sky Masterson. Surely Sky can't talk missionary Sgt. Sarah Brown into going to Havana with him. Or can he? Memorable Moments: The title song, the city sewer performance of "Luck Be a Lady", and the show-stopping "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat".
What I love about it: Two fun numbers by the ladies: "Adelaide's Lament", ("a person can develop a cold") and the rum-induced-exuberance of "If I Were a Bell". Actually, a big part of the fun of the latter song is watching Brando react to the rum-induced-exuberance. (And while we're on the subject, you have to give Brando credit for doing his own singing, in the same movie as the incomparable Frank Sinatra, too.)