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Damn Yankees (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 January 1959 (UK)
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A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the league pennant.

Writers:

George Abbott (screenplay), George Abbott (book) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tab Hunter ... Joe Hardy
Gwen Verdon ... Lola
Ray Walston ... Mr. Applegate
Russ Brown Russ Brown ... Benny Van Buren
Shannon Bolin ... Mrs. Meg Boyd
Nathaniel Frey ... Smokey
James Komack ... Rocky
Rae Allen ... Gloria Thorpe
Robert Shafer Robert Shafer ... Joe Boyd
Jean Stapleton ... Sister Miller
Albert Linville Albert Linville ... Vernon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Sievers Roy Sievers ... Joe Hardy - #2 - Washington Senators (archive footage)
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Storyline

Film adaptation of the George Abbott Broadway musical about a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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The Picture That Cops the Pennant for Great Entertainment! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Damn Yankees See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The stage musical and movie were based on the novel "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant", by Douglas Wallopp. See more »

Goofs

During Joe's tryout batting practice, he hits four over the fence. On his fifth attempt, he hits what is called another shot over the fence. However, when we see him from behind the backstop taking this swing, one can clearly see a small cloud of dust to the left of Joe, near the edge of the infield grass, where the ball he hits actually bounces. See more »

Quotes

Ballplayers: So what the heck's the use of cryin'? / Why should we curse? / We gotta get better / 'cause we can't get worse!
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Connections

Featured in The Scout (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Six Months Out of Every Year
Music by Richard Adler
Lyrics by Jerry Ross
Performed by Shannon Bolin, Robert Shafer, and chorus
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The best damn musical, period!
12 July 2002 | by jazmaanSee all my reviews

If you ask me - and I'm a "jazz" man as you can see from my moniker - Damn Yankees is the best musical ever. The subject matter is classic, the story is entertaining, the music is scintillating, and the lyrics are clever to the Nth degree with layers upon layers of internal rhyming that reveal new intricacies with each listening.

Okay, the movie has some weaknesses. Anybody BUT Tab Hunter would probably have been better as Joe Hardy. Also one of the best numbers from the play, "I Thought About The Game" was cut because it was considered too lewd for the movie.

But that's quibbling. Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston lift this movie into the upper echelons of all time greatest musicals.


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