23/2/2012 6:55 pm  #1


The Road To Runyonland??

Over on the The Bing Crosby Media Archive http://bingfan03.blogspot.com/, friend Lobosco raises the intriguing possibility of Bing as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Bob Hope as Nathan Detroit. Possibly, though somehow I see Bob more as Nicely-Nicely Johnson.

This all seems to be based on the fact that Paramount owned the film rights to the original story before it became a musical. So I guess that the premise might continue along the lines that the music would have been written for Bing, their major star.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DMN27y4_GpM/TzCPiUQXtDI/AAAAAAAADvc/BN47T5QmuPU/s400/Guys-And-Dolls.jpg


The mock up poster suggests Jean Simmons and Viviane Blaine stay but a further reshuffle seems certain to me on this premise, though I can't quite see Dotty Lamour fitting in as Sarah Brown. But of course the story line doesn't quite fit - in Guys and Dolls they are not fighting over the girl - the girl is fighting for their souls.  A Guys and Dolls that would in fact  have been something completely different.

A new party game - match up any of Bing's regular supporting players with the secondary characters.

Possibly it is not a bad thing that Frank Loesser got at it first.

And after all, Bing made quite a good fist of a couple of the major numbers 'Fugue for Tinhorns' and 'The Oldest Established' with Frank Sinatra on record and TV.

Last edited by Richard Baker (23/2/2012 7:00 pm)

 

24/2/2012 3:21 am  #2


Re: The Road To Runyonland??

It's amazing how much Bob Hope looks like Walter Mathau when sporting a fedora!

 

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