Pajama Game

Pajama Game

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Director: George Abbott, Stanley Donen

Cast: Doris Day, John Raitt

     
 

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The Broadway musical Pajama Game was based on Seven and a Half Cents. a comic novel about labor relations written by Richard Bissell. Doris Day stars as an employee at a pajama factory who becomes the spokesperson for her fellow workers when management refuses to give them a 7 1/2 cent raise. Complicating matters is the fact that Management isSee more details below

Overview

The Broadway musical Pajama Game was based on Seven and a Half Cents. a comic novel about labor relations written by Richard Bissell. Doris Day stars as an employee at a pajama factory who becomes the spokesperson for her fellow workers when management refuses to give them a 7 1/2 cent raise. Complicating matters is the fact that Management is represented by handsome John Raitt, who happens to be in love with Day. A subplot involves Day's freewheeling co-worker Carol Haney and her insanely jealous boyfriend, factory-manager Eddie Foy Jr. Many of the cast members from the original Broadway production (Raitt, Haney, Foy, Reta Shaw, Peter Gennaro etc.) are retained for the film version, as are most of the Richard Adler/Jerry Ross songs: highlights include "Hey There," "Steam Heat," "Hernando's Hideaway," "There Once Was a Man." and the title song. The choreography is in the capable hands (and feet) of Bob Fosse. Pajama Game performed so well at the box-office that Warners immediately went to work on the filmization of the second (and last) Adler/Ross Broadway collaboration, Damn Yankees.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
One of the superior screen adaptations of a Broadway musical, George Abbott's and Stanley Donen's The Pajama Game (1957) turns a pajama factory union dispute into Technicolor cinematic exuberance. Starring Doris Day and most of the original Broadway cast members, including John Raitt and Carol Haney (whose stage understudy was Shirley MacLaine), the movie version does great justice to the Richard Adler and Jerry Ross score, including "Hey There," "Hernando's Hideaway," "There Once Was a Man," and the title tune. Bob Fosse reprised his Broadway role as the choreographer, importing the jazzy Haney showstopper "Steam Heat" intact from stage to screen, and superbly adapting the joyous picnic frolic "Once a Year Day" to the more flexible dance space afforded by camera movement and an outdoor location. Warner Bros. regrouped Donen, Abbott, and Fosse the next year for another Broadway transplant, Damn Yankees (1958).

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0798622308825
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Westlake Budget
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Biographies; Filmographies; Photo gallery; Interactive menus; Jump to scene; Dolby sound; PC/MAC compatible

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Katie (Babe) Williams
John Raitt Sid Sorokin
Carol Haney Gladys Hotchkiss
Eddie Foy Vernon Hines
Reta Shaw Mabel
Barbara Nichols Poopsie
Thelma Pelish Mae
Jack Straw Prez
Ralph Dunn Hasler
Owen Martin Max
Jackie Kelk First Helper
Ralph Chambers Charlie
Mary Stanton Brenda
Buzz Miller Dancer
Kenneth Le Roy Dancer
Barry Bernard Anderson
William A. Forester Joe
Franklyn Fox Pop Williams
Ellie Kent Carol
Kathryn Marlowe Holly
Mara McAfee Sabrina
Bek Nelson Lola
Betty Utey Patsy
Ralph Volkie Second Helper
Jack Waldron Salesman
Lynn Bernay Actor

Technical Credits
George Abbott Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stanley Donen Director,Producer
Gordon Bau Makeup
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
Richard Bissell Screenwriter
Jean Eckart Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design
William Eckart Set Decoration/Design
Bob Fosse Choreography
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Paul Williams Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Ziegler Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [2:30]
2. Chapter 2 [5:00]
3. Chapter 3 [2:18]
4. Chapter 4 [5:54]
5. Chapter 5 [7:01]
6. Chapter 6 [7:35]
7. Chapter 7 [11:38]
8. Chapter 8 [6:37]
9. Chapter 9 [8:55]
10. Chapter 10 [8:39]
11. Chapter 11 [13:52]
12. Chapter 12 [11:35]

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