Song of the Day #4,448: ‘Luck Be a Lady’ – Marlon Brando

Continuing my personal ranking of the 25 movie musicals deemed essential by the American Film Institute…

#8. Guys and Dolls – 1955
(#23 on the AFI list)

Frank Sinatra fared well in my rankings, with his two AFI-recognized films placing at #11 (On the Town) and now #8. Sinatra’s film career is almost as impressive as his singing career, with multiple comedic and dramatic roles, an Academy Award (for 1953’s From Here to Eternity), several films as a producer and one as a director.

Sinatra is a treat in Guys and Dolls, but it’s his co-star Marlon Brando who really made this film for me. Brando as a song-and-dance man is not something I expected to encounter during this project.

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