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Damn Yankees! (1958)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Sport  |  6 March 1959 (Finland)
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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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Gwen Verdon ...
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Russ Brown ...
Benny Van Buren
Shannon Bolin ...
Mrs. Meg Boyd
Nathaniel Frey ...
Smokey
James Komack ...
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Gloria Thorpe
Robert Shafer ...
Joe Boyd
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Sister Miller
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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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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Comedy | Musical | Sport

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6 March 1959 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Lo que Lola quiere  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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Choreographer Bob Fosse appears, unbilled, in the film with his wife Gwen Verdon in a dance number. As he leaves the stage, Tab Hunter calls after him "thanks Fosse". See more »

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Actor William Adams, who plays the team's owner, mouths the lines of all the other actors in the courtroom scene near the end. See more »

Quotes

Smokey: Hey Linvy, what's a three letter word for "a sticky substance"?
[Linville thinks for a moment and then points to a wad of gum in his mouth]
Smokey: Spit? No, that's four.
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Soundtracks

"There's Something About An Empty Chair (reprise)
Performed by Shannon Bolin and Robert Shafer
Music by Richard Adler
Lyrics by Jerry Ross
Performed by Shannon Bolin and Robert Shafer
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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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