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Writers:
George Abbott (screenplay) and
Richard Bissell (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
10 December 1957 (Portugal) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Based on the hit Broadway musical, featuring the choreography of Bob Fosse. See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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One word sums it up: "Ole!" See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Doris Day ... Katherine 'Babe' Williams
John Raitt ... Sid Sorokin
Carol Haney ... Gladys Hotchkiss
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Vernon 'Hinesie' Hines

Reta Shaw ... Mabel

Barbara Nichols ... 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 ... Dancer
Kenneth LeRoy ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florine Carlan ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Drusilla Davis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harvey Evans ... Dancer (uncredited)
William A. Forester ... Joe Miller (uncredited)
Franklyn Fox ... Pop (uncredited)
Otis Griffith ... Otis (uncredited)
Elmore Henderson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Kathy Marlowe ... Holly (uncredited)
Howard Parker ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dolores Starr ... Dancer (uncredited)
Larri Thomas ... Pajama Girl (uncredited)
Fred Villani ... Tony - Headwaiter (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Helper (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Abbott 
Stanley Donen 
 
Writing credits
George Abbott (screenplay) and
Richard Bissell (screenplay)

George Abbott (book) and
Richard Bissell (book)

Richard Bissell (novel "7½ Cents")

Produced by
George Abbott .... producer
Frederick Brisson .... associate producer
Stanley Donen .... producer
Robert E. Griffith .... associate producer
Harold Prince .... associate producer (as Harold S. Prince)
 
Original Music by
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler  (as William Ziegler)
 
Art Direction by
Malcolm C. Bert  (as Malcolm Bert)
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl  (as William Kuehl)
 
Costume Design by
Jean Eckart 
William Eckart 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Chuck Hansen .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director (as Russ Llewellyn)
 
Sound Department
M.A. Merrick .... sound
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Glenn E. Anderson .... boom operator (uncredited)
James DePatie .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Hal R. Makelim .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Eugene Marks .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Billy Mauch .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Stradling Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank L. Thompson .... assistant costume designer (as Frank Thompson)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Buddy Bregman .... orchestrator
Charles Henderson .... vocal arranger
Nelson Riddle .... orchestrator
Ray Heindorf .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George Abbott .... stage director
Frederick Brisson .... stage producer (as Brisson)
Bob Fosse .... choreographer
Robert E. Griffith .... stage producer (as Griffith)
Harold Prince .... stage producer (as Prince)
Jerome Robbins .... stage director
 
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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
Color (Warnercolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #18393) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Frank Sinatra turned down the lead role in The Pajama Game (1957), which would have paired him up with Janis Paige, who played the role on Broadway. As a result, Paige lost out on playing the part to Doris Day, who was considered a bigger box-office draw.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Mae:We ain't giving up nothing!
Katie 'Babe' Williams, Grievance Committee:Wait a minute, don't you see? We've won!
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Soundtrack:
Once-A-Year-Day!See more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
One word sums it up: "Ole!", 2 April 2000
Author: Phlicker*

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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