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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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How they play the 'Pajama Game' on that picnic in the woods! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Pajama Game" opened at the St. James Theater in New York on May 13, 1954, ran for 1,063 performances and won the 1955 Tony Award for the Best Musical. Shirley MacLaine was in the ensemble and was an understudy to Carol Haney. Miss MacLaine did go on for Miss Haney at least once during the Broadway run, which led to a movie contract and Hollywood stardom. John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw, Thelma Pelish, Ralph Dunn, Ralph W. Chambers, Mary Stanton and Buzz Miller were in the original cast and recreated their roles in the movie version. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Katie 'Babe' Williams, Grievance Committee: Married life is lots of fun / Two can sleep as cheap as one
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Racing With the Clock
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High-energy musical that may surprise you.
15 February 1999 | by HindaSee all my reviews

Who'd have thought that a labor dispute could be such fun? Just add Doris Day's smile, Bob Fosse's choreography, amazing music and dancers and a bag of popcorn! This is a highly energetic film, super-charged with charisma. I can't count the number of times I hit "pause" and "rewind" just to get another look at a surprise dance move. Boy, do I dare say that this may have been what "Grease" was hoping it could aspire to? I want to see this one again real soon!


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