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The Pajama Game (1957)

An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay rise.

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George Abbott (screenplay), Richard Bissell (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Babe Williams
John Raitt John Raitt ... Sid Sorokin
Carol Haney ... Gladys Hotchkiss
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Vernon Hines
Reta Shaw ... Mabel
Barbara Nichols ... Poopsie
Thelma Pelish ... Mae
Jack Straw Jack Straw ... Prez
Ralph Dunn ... Myron Hasler
Owen Martin Owen Martin ... Max
Jackie Kelk ... First Helper
Ralph W. Chambers Ralph W. Chambers ... Charlie (as Ralph Chambers)
Mary Stanton Mary Stanton ... Brenda
Buzz Miller Buzz Miller ... Dancer
Kenneth LeRoy Kenneth LeRoy ... Dancer
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Storyline

Employees of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory are looking for a whopping seven-and-a-half cent an hour increase and they won't take no for an answer. Babe Williams is their feisty employee representative but she may have found her match in shop superintendent Sid Sorokin. When the two get together they wind up discussing a whole lot more than job actions! Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1957 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Il gioco del pigiama See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In her autobiography, Doris Day recounted how, as one of only four cast members who hadn't appeared in the Broadway production, it was challenging to fall into the groove of a company that had been playing the show for more than one thousand performances together. She described the experience as trying to find her place in a well-oiled machine. See more »

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[Offstage, Vernon Hines, wildly jealous, throws knives at Gladys Hotchkiss. Myron Hasler, head of the pajama factory, thinks the knives are intended for him]
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Very good translation
28 November 2009 | by ryancmSee all my reviews

While not the best musical ever, it is certainly entertaining. Lots and lots of songs (more than dialog it seems) with a frail story line to keep the songs going. Too bad they had to sanitize some of the songs, but because of severe censorship in the 50's it had to be done. Even in the 7 1/2 CENTS number, the had to change "hell-of-a lot_ to "heck-of-a lot". Seems silly. I'LL NEVER BE JEALOUS AGAIN was changed even more...to bad. Other lyrics as well were changed, but at least they made it into the final cut, unlike other musicals that take out almost everything and add new numbers. Only three numbers were cut from the stage version and it's too bad A NEW TOWN IS A BLUE TOWN wasn't included.

The performances are all top notch. A perfect vehicle for DORIS DAY, although JANIS PAIGE who did the stage version would have worked as well but she wasn't a big NAME. Ironic that JANIS had first billing and the lead in DORIS' first movie ROMANCE ON THE HIGHT SEAS, and about 8 years later DORIS takes over from JANIS. Oh well, that's show biz.

For a fun way to spend and hour and 41 minutes, do see PAJAMA GAME. A bit stagy but after all it was a stage play.


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