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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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"Damn Yankees", nominated in 1956 for nine 'Tony Awards', winning seven 'Tonys', is George Abbott's 1955 Broadway musical filmed in Hollywood minus the Broadway lead Stephen Douglass "Joe Hardy" leading Tony nominated performer, replaced in the film by Tab Hunter. The Broadway producers Harold Prince, Robert Griffith and Frederick Brisson decided the lead actress for the Broadway part of "Lola" had to be a dancer. They offered the role to both movie actress Mitzi Gaynor and ballet dancer Zizi Jeanmaire, each of whom turned them down. Gwen Verdon had previously received raves for a solo performance in the musical "Pal Joey". Offered the role, Gwen Verdon turned down the role, with Bob Fosse convincing her reconsideration for the musical. With the success of the Broadway musical, Jack Warner optioned the Broadway musical, with George Abbott and Stanley Donen sharing directorial credit. George Abbott wanted Don Murray for the "Joe Hardy" role. Jack Warner insisted Tab Hunter be cast in the role. Abbott fought with Jack Warner over his lead "Lola" role choice of Mitzy Gaynor or Marylin Monroe, fighting to keep Gwen Verdon and Ray Rhalston from his NYC Broadway musical. The entire film cast, the original Broadway show cast, was moved from NYC to Burbank to film the theatrical property. The New York cast, during Burbank rehearsals, called Hunter by the name Gwen Verdon used, with a Brooklynesse accent, "Tabunter". Hunter found his role difficult because he was not in the original Broadway cast. George Abbott, during filming, demanded Jack Warner replace Tab Hunter because he felt Hunter was too faggy. See more »

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Meg Boyd: Is Washington winning dear?
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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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