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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
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Sid Sorokin
Carol Haney ...
Gladys Hotchkiss
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Vernon Hines
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Mabel
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Poopsie
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Mae
Jack Straw ...
Prez
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Myron Hasler
Owen Martin ...
Max
Jackie Kelk ...
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Ralph W. Chambers ...
Charlie (as Ralph Chambers)
Mary Stanton ...
Brenda
Buzz Miller ...
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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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10 December 1957 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Il gioco del pigiama  »

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The soundtrack LP, released by Columbia Records, vaulted to ninth position among "Billboard"'s popular albums. See more »

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Right before Hinesie throws a knife at the wall or a desk, a barely perceptible notch can be seen on the surface exactly where the knife will land, indicating the knives were rigged to pop out from the back. 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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Referenced in Only Fools and Horses....: Tea for Three (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Not At All In Love
Written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Sung by Doris Day
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A wonderful almost forgotten musical
12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The 1957 film version of the Broadway musical THE PAJAMA GAME is one of the best translations of a stage musical to the screen ever. The screen version is extremely loyal to its origins, utilizing almost all of the original Broadway cast (except for Janis Paige, who lost the role of Babe to 50's box office powerhouse Doris Day)and keeping most of the original score intact (only one song "Hers Is" was not used in the film and a song written especially for Doris for the film, ended up being cut). This delightfully original musical centers around the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory where the head of the grievance committee (Doris) is trying to negotiate a 7 and a 1/2 cent raise for the factory workers by butting heads with the new factory supervisor (John Raitt, reprising his Broadway role)but eventually falling for him. Musicals were past their prime by the time this one made it to the screen, but it is still beautifully mounted and has some of the greatest songs in musical comedy ("Hey, There", "I'm not at all in love", "There Once was a Man"). Day and Raitt make an engaging screen couple (Day has rarely been so adult or sexy on screen) and the imaginative choreography by the legendary Bob Fosse is a big plus. Carol Haney's "Steam Heat" is classic Fosse and one of the highlights of this wonderful stage musical that inexplicably died at the box office upon release. A great musical that is a must for Day and Fosse fans.


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