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The Pajama Game (1957)

An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay rise.

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Babe Williams
John Raitt ...
Sid Sorokin
Carol Haney ...
Gladys Hotchkiss
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Vernon Hines
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Mabel
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Poopsie
Thelma Pelish ...
Mae
Jack Straw ...
Prez
Ralph Dunn ...
Myron Hasler
Owen Martin ...
Max
Jackie Kelk ...
First Helper
Ralph W. Chambers ...
Charlie (as Ralph Chambers)
Mary Stanton ...
Brenda
Buzz Miller ...
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Kenneth LeRoy ...
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Storyline

Employees of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory are looking for a whopping seven-and-a-half cent an hour increase and they won't take no for an answer. Babe Williams is their feisty employee representative but she may have found her match in shop superintendent Sid Sorokin. When the two get together they wind up discussing a whole lot more than job actions! Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Broadway's Big Boy-Loves-Pajama Girl Sensation Is On The Screen! See more »


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10 December 1957 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Il gioco del pigiama  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the main problems in the factory is that the workers want a 7-1/2 cent raise and are willing to go on strike to get it. Nowadays this doesn't seem like much, but the average mill/garment worker in 1954 (when the play was written) made on average about $1.25 an hour, or about $50 a week. The raise would add $3.00 to each paycheck, so the 7-1/2 cents would be about a 16% increase. See more »

Goofs

When Hines and Mabel are dancing their soft shoe shuffle in the factory during "I'll Never Be Jealous Again", they drop a rag in the aisle between the machines. When they return to the aisle a few moments later, the rag is gone. See more »

Quotes

Katie 'Babe' Williams, Grievance Committee: Married life is lots of fun / Two can sleep as cheap as one
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The Pajama Game
Written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
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One word sums it up: "Ole!"
2 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Even with three numbers from the Broadway production missing, and even with some lyrics sanitized for middle-America, "The Pajama Game" remains one of the most successful stage-to-screen transitions. Except for Doris Day stepping in for Janis Paige, all the principals of the Broadway production are also aboard. You can compare for yourself Day's performance to Paige's (if you can get your hands on the original cast recording) but it's not hard to understand the producers' choice to go with at least one movie box office name. In old man Hasler's words, it's a "COMPROMISE!"

"The Pajama Game" is (with one unfortunate exception) unapologetically stagy. And why apologize? By keeping the feel of a stage production the movie preserves the flavor of the performances. Reta Shaw and Eddie Foy Jr. team up for a winning soft shoe routine in "I'll Never Be Jealous Again." "Racing With the Clock" benefits from dolly shots that open up the number without closing out the visual ironies.

The unfortunate exception is "Once a Year Day," which takes to the not-so-great outdoors to destroy a once-great production number. The legendary Bob Fosse choreography is badly served by a multiplicity of camera angles that actually dilute the dancing. Oh, well.

Luckily, there is "Steam Heat," completely undiluted, offering Fosse as one of the dancers.

I am now about to make myself feel very old by saying (oh, dear): They don't make 'em like this anymore. But, you see, they can't because Broadway doesn't make 'em like this anymore except in revival. Wait, let me sing it:

"The nostalgia game/ is the game I'm in/ And I'm proud to be/ in the nostalgia game/ I love it..."

And I love this movie. Don't miss it if you can.


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