Guys, Dolls, and Sinatra

December 10th, 2015 at 8:28 am

Lots of tributes to Frank Sinatra showing up as he was born 100 years ago this week. But this calls for music, not words, or more precisely, music with words.

Now, I’m happy to argue with all y’all about the GSE’s, the Phillips Curve, the optimal level for the minimum wage, and fiscal policy, all day, everyday, 24/7. But I’ll bruck no pushback of my assertion that the great, American musical is Guys and Dolls, full stop.

Here’s Frank and co. in the title song.

“Call it dumb, call it clever,
but I’ll give you odds forever
that the guy’s only doin’ it for some doll!” 

A lot of you kids out there haven’t seen the film version of the musical, starring Frank, Brando (who actually sings pretty OK), and Jean Simmons, one of the great heart throbs of all time. And don’t forget Stubby Kaye as “Nicely, Nicely” (that’s his name)!

Sure, you can say it’s dated–it looks nothing like anything you’d see today (it came out the year I was born, so I’m equally dated). But it’s an unparalleled confection from the past to which you should really treat yourself.

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