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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 ... 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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Doris Day as 'Babe' and the wonderful cast of the Broadway play! See more »


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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 »

Company Credits

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

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 »

Goofs

When viewed in slow motion, the knives Hines supposedly throws at Babe actually pop out from behind the board. 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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At the Golden Finger Bowl or Any Place You Go
6 July 2004 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Doris Day and John Raitt star in this breezy version of the 50s stage smash. Fun all the way with many songs that became 50s standards: "Hey There," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Steam Heat." Great supporting cast led by Carol Haney, Reta Shaw, Eddie Foy, Jr., Ralph Dunn, Thelma Pelish, and Barbara Nichols. Raitt is hunky and butch in the musical lead, and Day is at her tomboy best. "There Once Was a Man" is a super duet for the stars, allowing them to be funny while they belt out this classic, while Shaw and Foy shine in "I'll Never Be Jealous Again." The "Hey There" number with Raitt playing back the song on his dictaphone singing a duet to it is a true classic and was also a smash 50s hit single for both Doris Day for Rosemary Clooney.

But Carol Haney just about steals the show as Gladys in the "Steam Heat" and "Once a Year Day" numbers. She's also hilarious in the "Hernando's Hideaway" number and following comic scenes. Haney is a combo of Gwen Verdon, Carol Burnett & Alice Ghostley. Haney won a Tony Award for her Broadway performance. Great fun.


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