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Damn Yankees! (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 January 1959 (UK)
A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the 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.

Director: Todd Graff
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Benny Van Buren
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Mrs. Meg Boyd
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Rocky
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Gloria Thorpe
Robert Shafer ...
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Albert Linville ...
Vernon
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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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The Picture That Cops the Pennant for Great Entertainment! See more »


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4 January 1959 (UK)  »

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Lo que Lola quiere  »

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1.85 : 1
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Jean Stapleton reprised her role as Sister Miller for another revival of the movie, in the 1970's and drew the attention of producer Norman Lear, who immediately auditioned her for the role that made her famous. See more »

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While hanging around backstage at a variety show to honor Joe, a female newspaper reporter hears an unsubstantiated rumor that he's actually a disgraced ball player who changed his name following a scandal. She immediately calls her editor and somehow an explosive front page story based on this flimsy evidence is written, published and delivered to the theater even before the show is over - an impossibility even in the unlikely event that the show (which was already in progress) ran three hours. See more »

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Gloria Thorpe: Wait a minute, I got it! Shoeless Joe Hardy!
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Whatever Lola Wants
Music by Richard Adler
Performed by the Warner Brothers Studio Orchestra
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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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