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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A modern-day take on the hit Broadway musical about a guy who makes a deal with the devil in order to see his favorite baseball team become champs.

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Russ Brown ...
Benny Van Buren
Shannon Bolin ...
Mrs. Meg Boyd
Nathaniel Frey ...
Smokey
James Komack ...
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Gloria Thorpe
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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! See more »

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6 March 1959 (Finland)  »

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Lo que Lola quiere  »

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When casting the film Damn Yankees! (1958), the studio was initially interested in pursuing Cyd Charisse as Lola and Cary Grant as Applegate. In the end, Gwen Verdon won the right to recreate her stage role with Ray Walston, the devilish Applegate. Cyd was supposedly unavailable but later played the role on the legit stage. See more »

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Applegate "remembers" Jack the Ripper killing someone with his right hand. Research has shown him to be left-handed. See more »

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Van Buren: [singing] You've gotta have heart, / All you really need is heart./ When the odds are sayin' you'll never win /That's when the grin should start.
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Goodbye, Old Girl
Music by Richard Adler
Lyrics by Jerry Ross
Performed by Robert Shafer and Tab Hunter
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Who's Got The Pain?... Certainly not me after watching this!
17 April 2001 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I bought this movie not knowing what to expect. The only things I knew were that I LOVED Bob Fosse's choreography from films I had seen previously (Sweet Charity, Cabaret) and I loved to hear Gwen Verdon sing (Sweet Charity soundtrack). This movie was in no way, shape or form a waste of my 14 dollars and 99 cents! Ray Walston (reprising his Broadway role) is delightfully evil as the Devil himself (cleverly disgusing himself as a "Mr. Applegate") who has a warped mind and twisted sense of humor, which is evident in his song "The Good Ol' Days." Tab Hunter is superb as Joe Hardy (or "Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo."), the man who sells his soul to become the best long hitter there is, and help his favorite team, the Washington Senators, win the pennant and beating the "damn Yankees." To me, the real star here though, is Gwen Verdon as the seductress, Lola. Not only can this woman act wonderfully, but she has a beautiful singing voice (with a throaty, grainy yet girlish quality) and she is an absolutely FANTASTIC dancer (she's the living embodiment of Fosse's work)! She is the most wonderful dancer/singer/actress ever to grace the Broadway stage and films... it's such a shame they didn't let her play Charity in 1969's Sweet Charity (though Shirley MacLaine did do a good job in the role). She has absolutely become my hero, role model, and favorite actress of all time. Go Gwen! Go Damn Yankees!


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