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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 raise.

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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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Details

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

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

When viewed in slow motion, the knives Hines supposedly throws at Babe actually pop out from behind the board. See more »

Quotes

[Union leaders try to think of ways to disrupt the pajama factory]
Brenda: How about if the packers put the size large bottoms with the size small tops?
Prez: Sure. Now, that's what I mean. That's constructive.
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Makes you feel you're watching the Broadway show!! Fabulous!
10 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

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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