Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
American couple Janet and Mike move to England for his business. She soon becomes paranoid that he is having an affair with his attractive secretary, and decides to get back at him by pretending she herself has been unfaithful.
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
Nearly the entire cast was imported from the original Broadway production, with the exception of Doris Day as Babe, Barbara Nichols as Poopsie, Jack Straw as Prez and Kenneth LeRoy, who took over Peter Gennaro's dance role, as Gennaro had been drafted by Jerome Robbins to serve as assistant choreographer on "West Side Story." See more »
Right before Hinesie throws a knife at the wall or a desk, a barely perceptible notch can be seen on the surface exactly where the knife will land, indicating the knives were rigged to pop out from the back. See more »
[Offstage, Vernon Hines, wildly jealous, throws knives at Gladys Hotchkiss. Myron Hasler, head of the pajama factory, thinks the knives are intended for him]
It's a plot to murder me... That's the work of foreigners.
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Makes you feel you're watching the Broadway show!! Fabulous!
With all of the original cast members intact (John Raitt, Reta Shaw, Gwen Verdon, Eddie Foy, Jr.) except for the exceptionally talented Doris Day filling in for Janis Paige, 'The Pajama Game' is rollicking good fun and a smash hit once again with all of Bob Fosse's show-stopping choreography given top-rate exposure.
Who would think a story about a labor dispute in a pajama factory could be turned into such a joyous musical? Carol Haney is priceless doing 'Steam Heat' and 'Hernando's Hideaway' with great finesse. Day sings her heart out on 'Hey There' and other tunes, while Raitt reprises his Broadway role as the factory foreman who comes up against the stubborn and feisty Babe, head of the grievance committee. Day and Raitt can do no wrong, whether they're singing a ballad or a jump tune, whether singing or dancing, whether sparring or smooching. It's all great fun done up in gaudy technicolor and undoubtedly one of the great film musicals of the '50s, the kind that we sorely miss today. One great song-and-dance routine follows another with no shortage of imagination as to staging and concept. A treasure!
See it and enjoy!!
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