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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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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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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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Joe Boyd: One long ball hitter, that's what we need! I'd sell my soul for one long ball hitter.
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Whatever Lola Wants
Music by Richard Adler
Lyrics by Jerry Ross
Performed by Gwen Verdon
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THE "OTHER" NAUGHTY LOLA (You GO, Gwen!)
29 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All I'm going to do here is rave about a Broadway Legend. We have to be grateful for film, because otherwise some of the theater's greatest performers would exist only in memory. The film version of the 1955 Broadway smash is definitely Gwen Verdon's most memorable screen appearance - as the movie of CALL ME MADAM is probably the closest film approximation we have to what Ethel Merman was like on-stage, so DAMN YANKEES is for Gwen Verdon. No other film performance captures her presence and sparkle, the incredible movements her body was capable of

  • she's at her best here, and viewers familiar only with the comic


roles she played later in her career will be amazed at this consummate musical comedy performer. She's completely infectious and delightful, even when she's not singing or dancing - the lady had PRESENCE, and she displays enough vulnerability to make us like a character who doesn't always do very likable things. She's elegant as she matter-of-factly explains her work methods in "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" and has a whopper of a dance duet with Bob Fosse called "Who's Got the Pain?" (they weren't married yet, but she was already becoming his favorite instrument of dance; his was a cameo appearance added to the film - on stage Verdon's partner was another of the show's characters - if you listen closely you'll hear Tab Hunter say "That was wonderful, Fosse!" at the number's conclusion). And she looks gorgeous in a series of colorful costumes, although in her signature number, "Whatever Lola Wants..." the costume grows skimpier and skimpier as she increases her efforts to seduce Tab Hunter. In THE BLUE ANGEL Marlene Dietrich's "Naughty Little Lola" used a chair as a prop to sing about "Falling in Love Again," (which would resonate decades later as Liza Minnelli sang about "Mein Herr")- in DAMN YANKEES Verdon uses a locker-room bench, and this "other Naughty Lola" ends up almost as scantily dressed! A word about Ray Walston's Mr. Applegate: He is NOT a nice guy!


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