The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 6, No. 2

The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown

by Damon Runyon

 

“The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” is Damon Runyon’s colorful depiction of those New York City days when men carried Betsys and bet their potatoes. It was originally adapted for the stage as Guys and Dolls with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. In 1955, MGM released the film version. The latter, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, features an all-star cast: Marlon Brando as the sinner-turned-saint Sky Masterson, Frank Sinatra as the high rolling, crap-shoot organizer Nathan Detroit, and Jean Simmons (who won a Golden Globe for best actress) as the feisty missionary worker Sarah Brown. The film’s soundtrack includes such notable songs as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

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