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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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Gwen Verdon ...
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Benny Van Buren
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Mrs. Meg Boyd
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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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Comedy | Musical | Sport

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6 March 1959 (Finland)  »

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Brincadeiras do Diabo  »

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Trivia

When the (1957) film was rehearsing the musical numbers, a film musician's union strike prevented pre-recording an orchestra musical sound-track score for and during any of the musical filming production numbers. The original RCA Victor Broadway LP vinyl orchestra show recordings were employed for rehearsing and filming. Finishing the filming, the vocal tracks were recorded without a studio union orchestra in a Warner Brothers Sound Department stage, forcing Jack Warner to go out of town to finish the movie. These vocal tracks were sent to Italy where a symphony orchestra recorded secondary under score tracks necessary to back-up and accompany the film's Hollywood vocal sound tracks. RCA Victor released the movie sound track in 1958. Although recorded in stereo, only the mono version was released. See more »

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In the time depicted, major-league baseball players almost never had jersey numbers higher than the 50s... yet several players have numbers in the 60s and 70s, a practice rare until the 1980s. High numbers on a major league uniform ordinarily indicated someone invited to spring training who had little chance of making the club... and if such a player did make the club (possible with the usually-dreadful Washington Senators), the player got a lower number. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Applegate: I've got thousands of Washington fans drooling under the illusion that the Senators are going to win the pennant!
Lola: Aw Chief, that's awfully good! When they lose there'll be suicides and heart attacks and apoplexy... just like the good old days!
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Whatever Lola Wants
Music by Richard Adler
Lyrics by Jerry Ross
Performed by Gwen Verdon
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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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