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Damn Yankees! (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 January 1959 (UK)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Lo que Lola quiere  »

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The first film of Jean Stapleton. 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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Mr. Applegate: You should have seen a real artist at work! You couldn't get him away from his wife, huh? Well I could!
Lola: How? Is he crazy about you?
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Referenced in Madea Goes to Jail (2009) See more »

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Music by Richard Adler
Lyrics by Jerry Ross
Performed by Nathaniel Frey, Russ Brown, James Komack, and Albert Linville
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The best damn musical, period!
12 July 2002 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

If you ask me - and I'm a "jazz" man as you can see from my moniker - Damn Yankees is the best musical ever. The subject matter is classic, the story is entertaining, the music is scintillating, and the lyrics are clever to the Nth degree with layers upon layers of internal rhyming that reveal new intricacies with each listening.

Okay, the movie has some weaknesses. Anybody BUT Tab Hunter would probably have been better as Joe Hardy. Also one of the best numbers from the play, "I Thought About The Game" was cut because it was considered too lewd for the movie.

But that's quibbling. Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston lift this movie into the upper echelons of all time greatest musicals.


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