It’s fair to say that Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando remain two of the most iconic entertainers in popular culture. And in the early ’50s the stars were both in their respective heydays, meaning Hollywood was abuzz when the duo signed up to share the screen for the first time in Guys and Dolls. After the actor and the crooner met, however, fireworks ensued – on and off set.
Indeed, Sinatra and Brando appeared to become sworn enemies practically from the moment when they first clapped eyes on each other. And things didn’t get any better when the pair began working together, either, as Sinatra seemingly ended up making it his mission to upstage his co-star. Here’s a look at the grudge that ensured the action behind the scenes of Guys and Dolls was just as drama-packed as it was on camera.
As fans of the movie will likely know, the silver-screen adaptation of Guys and Dolls was based on the musical of the same name that had premiered on Broadway in 1950. This production in turn had been inspired by two short stories penned by Damon Runyon: Blood Pressure and The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown. And during the stage extravaganza’s lengthy 1,200-show run, it managed to pick up a Tony Award for Best Musical.