- Six Months out of Every Year
- Goodbye, Old Girl
- Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo.
- There's Something About an Empty Chair
- Whatever Lola Wants
- Little Brains, a Little Talent
- Whatever Lola Wants
- Those Were the Good Old Days
- Who's Got the Pain?
- Two Lost Souls
- There's Something About an Empty Chair (Reprise)
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As compared with many Broadway-to-Hollywood transfers, the screen adaptation of the musical Damn Yankees was relatively faithful. Stage director and co-librettist George Abbott co-directed the film with Stanley Donen, and they retained not only most of the score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, but most of the Broadway cast, including Gwen Verdon (in her major movie debut) and Ray Walston. The one important concession was the casting of movie actor Tab Hunter in place of Broadway's Stephen Douglass in the starring role of Joe, the younger version of the Washington Senators baseball fan who has sold his soul to the Devil to help his team beat the New York Yankees for the American League pennant. Hunter was not known to have any singing ability prior to his appearance, but he doesn't seem to have been dubbed, and he manages to avoid embarrassing himself in his performances of part of "Goodbye, Old Girl" (most of which is carried by the older Joe, Broadway's Robert Shafer) and the duet with Verdon, "Two Lost Souls." The carryovers from stage to screen mean that the movie is a good representation of the show, but the soundtrack album is, for the most part, simply a shorter retread of the original Broadway cast album. The hits "Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants" are still infectious. Verdon and Walston (again channeling a combination of Al Jolson, Ted Lewis, and Ray Bolger in his showcase number "Those Were the Good Old Days") are effective as usual. One interesting change is having Bob Fosse, Verdon's choreographer husband, join her on "Who's Got the Pain." But several songs have been cut, not only "The Game" (probably too risqué for Hollywood) and "Near to You," but, oddly, also "A Man Doesn't Know," which has been replaced by a newly written song, "There's Something About an Empty Chair." The song had to be written solely by Adler, since Ross died not long after the 1955 Broadway opening, and it allows him to put his individual stamp on the score, but it is not an improvement. (The Damn Yankees soundtrack album was released in monophonic sound in 1958, and all subsequent reissues also were in mono until 1989, when RCA released a stereo version with the catalog number BG2 01047.)
Performance CreditsGwen Verdon Track Performer
Ray Heindorf Conductor
Warner Bros. Orchestra Track Performer
Nathaniel Frey Track Performer
Russ Brown Track Performer
Tab Hunter Track Performer
Bob Fosse Track Performer
Robert Shafer Track Performer
Jimmie Komack Track Performer
Rae Allen Track Performer
Albert Linville Track Performer
Ray Walston Track Performer
Shannon Boliin Track Performer
Technical CreditsSimon Rady Contributor
Pietro Alfieri Art Direction