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Damn Yankees! (1958)

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Film adaptation of the George Abbott Broadway musical about a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant.

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Robert Shafer ...
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Albert Linville ...
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Film adaptation of the George Abbott Broadway musical about a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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It's a picture in a million! Starring that girl in a million, the red-headed darling of the Broadway show, Gwen Verdon!

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6 March 1959 (Finland)  »

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Brincadeiras do Diabo  »

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Trivia

The surviving theatrical trailer is of the British release print which was renamed "What Lola Wants!" rather than Damn Yankees! (1958)_ for UK release (although the original name was added parenthetically in smaller letters at the bottom of the screen). See more »

Goofs

When the cast of a variety show reads a front page expose about Joe, during one shot it's obvious that the publication is just a prop newspaper with no printing on the last page of the front section. See more »

Quotes

Lola: I took the zing out of the King of Siam. / I took the starch out of the sails of the Prince of Wales. / It's no great art gettin' the heart of a man on a silver platter. / A little brains, a little talent with an emphasis on the latter!
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Referenced in Bachelor Father: Where There's a Will (1960) See more »

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Music by Richard Adler
Lyrics by Jerry Ross
Performed by Nathaniel Frey, Russ Brown, James Komack, and Albert Linville
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Still great - half a century later.
5 May 2008 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

"Damn Yankees" is old-fashioned entertainment, a bit too talky and literal-minded, but great songs and great dancing never get old. It's worth plodding through the more mundane aspects of this film to relish the classic numbers. "Who's Got The Pain?" has nothing whatsoever to do with the plot, but it proves beyond question that Gwen Verdon is the prime interpreter of the Fosse dance style. "Whatever Lola Wants" is actually rather tame in comparison. The highlight is the smoky, seductive duet "Two Lost Souls," where Verdon lets loose with the greatest of ease. The surprise here is Tab Hunter, who holds his own and handles all the Fosse moves just fine. Jean Stapleton's Sister Miller is an early rehearsal for Edith Bunker. I personally prefer the other George Abbott/Stanley Donen collaboration "The Pajama Game," which is livelier. See them both.


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