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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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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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The stadium used for filming was the old Wrigley Field minor-league park in South Los Angeles. It hosted Major League games for only one season, in 1961, when the new expansion Los Angeles Angels played there. The park was torn down in 1966. See more »

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When Joe is introduced to the manager and the reporter at the ballpark, there is a palm tree in the background, although the scene takes place in Washington DC. See more »

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Reporter: Do you think Washington will win the pennant?
Gloria Thorpe: Yeah, when I swim the Channel.
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Referenced in Kinky Boots (2005) See more »

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There's Something About An Empty Chair
Music by Richard Adler
Lyrics by Jerry Ross
Performed by Shannon Bolin
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Good, soul-searching musical.
4 February 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This is another film which would probably be better rated if it wasn't so slavishly compared to its stage original. It does its job just fine, thank you, but you must remember that stage and film are two different media in terms of what is allowed to be shown to the masses in the first place. In the conservative, postwar 50's there was very little controversy shown (or allowed to be shown) in the film and TV media; a Faustian book made into a film musical probably scared the Hays moral office to death! That said, the Abbott-Donen collaboration does a more than competent job of telling the story, and scores an extra base hit in my opinion by retaining most of the Broadway cast of the show in the first place. The casting rumors are legendary: I've read that the studio tried to get Cyd Charisse and possibly even Marilyn Monroe for Lola (assuring box-office returns), but the producers were smart enough to know that the role needed a real dancer-singer-actress combination. In short, it needed Gwen Verdon exclusively. And it got her. If you're still not convinced, take a second look at the exquisite midnight cafe' number, "Two Lost Souls."


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