Damn Yankees!

1958

Comedy / Musical

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IMDb Rating 7.1

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Reviewed by drednm 10

The superb Gwen Verdon sings and dances and mugs through this very good adaptation of the smash Broadway musical. Verdon is a cross between Shirley MacLaine and Carol Burnett with a dash of Carol Haney (another Bob Fosse protégé) tossed in. She&#39;s a total delight and one of the best dancers EVER! Here she plays Lola, the temptress used by the devil (Ray Walston) to lure Joe Hardy (Tab Hunter) from going back to his wife and breaking his satanic deal in which middle-aged Joe becomes a 22-year-old baseball star and catapults the Washington Senators to 1st place.<br/><br/>Tab Hunter replaces Stephen Douglass from the Broadway show. The rest of the cast recreates their parts for the movie. Verdon, Walston, and Russ Brown (the manager) all won Tony awards. Hunter seems rather stiff and uncomfortable through much of the film (though he looks great) but that&#39;s the part of Joe.... Hunter is, however, just terrific in the &quot;Two Lost Souls&quot; number with Verdon. He sings, dances (not too bad) and seems to be having a ball. Verdon is just astounding in this number and laughs all the way thru it. Great song.<br/><br/>Verdon is also a showstopper in &quot;Whatever Lola Wants&quot; and &quot;A Little Brains, a Little Talent.&quot; It seems these songs were written for her and no one else can do them the way she does. Verdon, like Ethel Merman or Carold Channing, was a total original. The voice is slightly nasal; the inflection is odd. But it works. And her dancing is totally awesome.<br/><br/>Ray Walston seems to have been typecast in weirdo roles after Damn Yankees and My Favorite Martian. He was a better actor than these roles allowed him to show. Russ Brown is solid as the manager, Jean Stapleton plays the friend (and sings), Rae Allen is Gloria (the reporter), Shannon Bolin is the wife, Jimmie Komack is the goofy ballplayer, Nathaniel Frey is Smokey, Bob Fosse has a cameo in &quot;Who&#39;s Got the Pain,&quot; and Robert Shafer plays old Joe.<br/><br/>Good songs by the same team that did The Pajama Game. Many of the songs were hits of the later 50s. My only beef is that most of the songs are truncated (I had the Broadway soundtrack) and at least one &quot;I Thought About the Game&quot; is used only as background music. Verdon&#39;s &quot;A Little Brains, a Little Talent&quot; is cut in half as is Bolin&#39;s &quot;Six Months Out of Every Year.&quot; Certainly worth a look to see Broadway superstar Gwen Verdon in her prime and Tab Hunter at his hunkiest.

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Reviewed by Sweet Charity 7

I bought this movie not knowing what to expect. The only things I knew were that I LOVED Bob Fosse&#39;s choreography from films I had seen previously (Sweet Charity, Cabaret) and I loved to hear Gwen Verdon sing (Sweet Charity soundtrack). This movie was in no way, shape or form a waste of my 14 dollars and 99 cents! Ray Walston (reprising his Broadway role) is delightfully evil as the Devil himself (cleverly disgusing himself as a &quot;Mr. Applegate&quot;) who has a warped mind and twisted sense of humor, which is evident in his song &quot;The Good Ol&#39; Days.&quot; Tab Hunter is superb as Joe Hardy (or &quot;Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo.&quot;), the man who sells his soul to become the best long hitter there is, and help his favorite team, the Washington Senators, win the pennant and beating the &quot;damn Yankees.&quot; To me, the real star here though, is Gwen Verdon as the seductress, Lola. Not only can this woman act wonderfully, but she has a beautiful singing voice (with a throaty, grainy yet girlish quality) and she is an absolutely FANTASTIC dancer (she&#39;s the living embodiment of Fosse&#39;s work)! She is the most wonderful dancer/singer/actress ever to grace the Broadway stage and films... it&#39;s such a shame they didn&#39;t let her play Charity in 1969&#39;s Sweet Charity (though Shirley MacLaine did do a good job in the role). She has absolutely become my hero, role model, and favorite actress of all time. Go Gwen! Go Damn Yankees!

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 9

Damn Yankees was one of two Broadway shows written by the team of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, the other being The Pajama Game which got made into films almost immediately upon the cessation of the Broadway run. Damn Yankees ran in the 1955-1957 season for 1019 performances and both Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston continued their roles from Broadway. <br/><br/>However the protagonist Joe Boyd/Joe Hardy part, the middle aged real estate salesman who is a fanatic baseball fan of the lowly Washington Senators, was played by Tab Hunter in the Joe Hardy persona. As in that other Broadway film My Fair Lady it was felt that one of the leads should go to a bona fide movie name in that case Audrey Hepburn in this one Tab Hunter.<br/><br/>In his memoirs Hunter said that he was apprehensive about taking over a musical lead because he admitted he was no singer. But the arrangements were certainly done to accommodate his limited range and he acquits himself well. He certainly does look well in the baseball scenes and even keeps up with Gwen Verdon.<br/><br/>Gwen Verdon like Mitzi Gaynor came along in the Fifties just when Hollywood was slowing down with the making of musicals due to the decline of the studio system. Gwen did such other leads on Broadway as Sweet Charity, New Girl in Town, and Redhead, but only with Damn Yankees was she allowed to go to Hollywood and repeat her stage performance. Gwen like Mitzi was a fabulous dancer and in the Thirties and Forties she would have become acclaimed film name.<br/><br/>Ray Walston got his career break in the part of Mr. Applegate the devil&#39;s identity for this film. Back when I was a lad and first saw Damn Yankees in the theater, I was enthralled by Walston&#39;s performance and became a fan until the day he died. Walston plays the devil like a spoiled child and there might just be some theological justification for that.<br/><br/>The big hit songs from Damn Yankees was Gwen Verdon&#39;s seduction number and dance, Whatever Lola Wants. Few people ever on stage and screen could move like her.<br/><br/>The second and even bigger hit was Heart, sung her by Russ Brown and some of the other actors playing hapless Washington Senator players under their eternally optimistic manager Brown. The song was a big million seller for Eddie Fisher who was at the height of his vocal career then.<br/><br/>Damn Yankees the film was released in 1958. In 1960 the original Washington Senators played their last year in Washington, DC. For the poor fans of the Senators it was a double blow. The team was just beginning to jell as a contender and in 1965 they did in fact in their new home in Minneapolis/St.Paul as the Minnesota Twins did win the American League pennant as the Yankee dynasty crumbled at last.<br/><br/>In their place came another new Washington Senator franchise which continued in the second division ways that Washington knew so well and that fans like Joe Boyd were used to. They played their last season in the capital in 1971 and the capital was without Major League baseball until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved and became the Washington Nationals. I&#39;m afraid we may never see the name Senators attached to a Washington team again. The Texas Rangers have the name copyrighted.<br/><br/>Still the Nationals in the other league are doing their best to hold up the Washington tradition of first in war, first in peace and last in now the National League East. Washington saw three pennants in 1924, 1925, and 1933 and one World Series winner in 1924.<br/><br/>They might just need another Joe Hardy to move the team. Let&#39;s hope someone doesn&#39;t have to make an arrangement with Mr. Applegate to make it possible to beat those Damn Yankees.

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