Classic Film Series Ends with ‘Guys and Dolls’

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Soulful songster Frank Sinatra stars as Nathan Detroit in the 1955 musical film ‘Guys and Dolls,’ which is finishing off the Fargo Theatre’s Classic Film Series.

The iconic Fargo Theatre is ending its classic film series on Sept. 14 with a showing of the famous “Guys and Dolls” at 7:30 p.m.

Many of the movies shown throughout the summer festival are not well known by current college students, but conjure up vivid imagery and memorable lines for many of our parents. Movies shown earlier in the year include “Roman Holiday,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” and “Casablanca.”

All of the films were initially released in the ’40s and ’50s, with the oldest, “Casablanca,” released in 1943 and the most recent, “Vertigo,” released in 1958. It’s clear to see that these films, as old as they are, must be unique or amazing in some way which allows them to be considered timeless and classic in 2017.

The film being shown this week, “Guys and Dolls,” touts big names from the past like Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons in the gambling centered film.

The star, Nathan Detroit (Sinatra), is looking for a place to play his infamous craps game and a thousand dollars to pay rent. In an effort to reach his goal, he bets Sky Masterson (Brando) that he cannot have dinner with the prudish Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons), a Save-A-Soul Mission Evangelist Sergeant. Masterson tries to seduce Brown to win a thousand dollars from the bet, and hilarity and drama ensue.

The film is an adaptation of the original 1950’s musical of the same name, with melodious songs and next level choreography. The film takes iconic stars from the ’50s and uses their singing and dancing talents to make a cohesive and entertaining movie that has amazed audiences for over 50 years already.

This film, one of the first romantic comedies, is very similar to a lot of the movies made recently. Crazy bets, unlikely romances and minor misunderstandings help create the classic formula that we all know and love.

For anyone interested in seeing the film that’s earned the honor of being called a “classic,” tickets are on sale for the low price of $5. Tickets went on sale starting last Thursday, so whenever you feel the urge to purchase a look into the iconic past, check out the Fargo Theatre this week.

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