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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Guys and Dolls: 1955

Guys and Dolls: 1955

July 1955. "Frank Sinatra's gambling-in-the-sewer scene from the film "Guys and Dolls." What better place to have the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York? Photo by Maurice Terrell for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Stubby's Horse

As a very young man in a Marine uniform I saw Stubby Kaye at JFK Airport. He was talking with some fans and seemed like a jovial chap. I asked him if he still had the horse and he actually began to sing "Fugue For Tinhorns" -

I got the horse right here, the name is Paul Revere
And here's the guy that says that if all weather's clear
Can do, can do, this guy says the horse can do
If he says the horse can do, can do, can do...

Da Venue

Cleanest sewer in all Manhattan.

Pinstripe Panache

I love Sinatra and I love the suit. You gotta admit they had style back then with a little bit of attitude mixed in for good measure.

Luck Be A Lady

Funniest part of the crap game scene was B.S. Pully, playing Big Julie, the Chicago Mobster, announcing to the players that they will use his dice. The cubes had no pips (dots) on them. When they objected, he said, not to worry, he remembered where they were.

 
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