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Damn Yankees (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 March 1959 (Finland)
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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.

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George Abbott (screenplay by), George Abbott (based upon the play "Damn Yankees" book by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete 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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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 »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1959 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Damn Yankees See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Jean Stapleton reprised her role as Sister Miller for another revival of the movie, in the 1970's and drew the attention of producer Norman Lear, who immediately auditioned her for the role that made her famous. See more »

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Quotes

Van Buren: [singing] You've gotta have heart, / All you really need is heart./ When the odds are sayin' you'll never win /That's when the grin should start.
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Music by Richard Adler
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THE "OTHER" NAUGHTY LOLA (You GO, Gwen!)
29 October 2004 | by Harold_RobbinsSee all my reviews

All I'm going to do here is rave about a Broadway Legend. We have to be grateful for film, because otherwise some of the theater's greatest performers would exist only in memory. The film version of the 1955 Broadway smash is definitely Gwen Verdon's most memorable screen appearance - as the movie of CALL ME MADAM is probably the closest film approximation we have to what Ethel Merman was like on-stage, so DAMN YANKEES is for Gwen Verdon. No other film performance captures her presence and sparkle, the incredible movements her body was capable of - she's at her best here, and viewers familiar only with the comic roles she played later in her career will be amazed at this consummate musical comedy performer. She's completely infectious and delightful, even when she's not singing or dancing - the lady had PRESENCE, and she displays enough vulnerability to make us like a character who doesn't always do very likable things. She's elegant as she matter-of-factly explains her work methods in "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" and has a whopper of a dance duet with Bob Fosse called "Who's Got the Pain?" (they weren't married yet, but she was already becoming his favorite instrument of dance; his was a cameo appearance added to the film - on stage Verdon's partner was another of the show's characters - if you listen closely you'll hear Tab Hunter say "That was wonderful, Fosse!" at the number's conclusion). And she looks gorgeous in a series of colorful costumes, although in her signature number, "Whatever Lola Wants..." the costume grows skimpier and skimpier as she increases her efforts to seduce Tab Hunter. In THE BLUE ANGEL Marlene Dietrich's "Naughty Little Lola" used a chair as a prop to sing about "Falling in Love Again," (which would resonate decades later as Liza Minnelli sang about "Mein Herr")- in DAMN YANKEES Verdon uses a locker-room bench, and this "other Naughty Lola" ends up almost as scantily dressed! A word about Ray Walston's Mr. Applegate: He is NOT a nice guy!


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