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The Pajama Game

Doris Day , John Raitt , George Abbott , Stanley Donen    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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This 1957 version of the Tony-winning Pajama Game is one of the finest film adaptations of a hit Broadway musical. The story is simple enough: Babe Williams, the head of a pajama company's grievance committee, falls for an exec--the new superintendent--Sid Sorokin (John Raitt). Doris Day, as Babe, has never been so efficiently cute. Raitt starred in the Broadway version, as did much of the film's cast (Day replaced original stage star Janis Paige). The Pajama Game is filled with recognizable, classic songs, done so well and danced so athletically that this musical can engage an action-film fan. Bob Fosse's trademark choreography shines.

Check out two numbers danced by the late, underused, and underrated Carol Haney, who performs amazing feats for "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway." Both Day and Raitt deliver lovely renditions of "Hey There." They're also supported by a great cast that includes, in addition to Haney, a slyly coy Reta Shaw and a dynamic Eddie Foy Jr. --N.F. Mendoza


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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, charming, if lightweight musical April 5 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Silly, boring in spots, but a lot of fun for the most part, with some great Bob Fosse choreography, and some interesting
set design and lighting. Good use of neon. Sexy new foreman at pajama factory falls
for union leader, gets caught in middle during strike talks. The DVD image and color quality is quite nice for a film of
this vintage.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doris Day in a pajama-factory musical. Feb. 24 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Very seldom seen Doris Day film. This one is a musical in color. Unusual and perhaps unattractive to watch because it is set in a shirt & pajama-making factory. Doris Day plays Babe Williams. She is the tough-cookie that's part of the grievence committee and goes by the rule book. After having to get both sides of the story after two men had a fight, the workers tease her that she will fall in love with the man she dislikes. But if you know any Doris Day film, she will be in love soon.I liked the railroad lot set, though and nighttime rain through the window is a nice shot. Not one of my favorite Doris Day films. May I suggest Billy Rose's Jumbo?
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4.0 out of 5 stars perfect except for doris Feb. 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This amazing dvd is wonderful, put the overly peppy and smiley Doris Day is atrocious! Why could they not have put Janis Paige-The original broadway Babe- in the picture!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I GOT STEAM HEAT Nov. 19 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The pajama factory setting is a little awkward and it doesn't really jive with the spirited song and dance numbers, which are constatly splendid. When the whole factory goes on a company picnic, you know this Broadway musical longs to be as big as "Oklahoma!", but is constrained by the very little framework of a labor dispute in a clothing factory. Still, you may be surprised to find the host of wonderful recognizable songs that originated from this musical, the cast is exceptional, and if you like Doris Day, well, you may find yourself in 'que-sera-sera' heaven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE COLOR IS SPECTACULAR!!! Sept. 5 2003
By Coleen
Format:DVD
I can't understand why this DVD doesn't rate a total 5 stars here! It's one of the best DVDs I have because it looks absolutely dazzling, the songs are great, the plot is silly - but so what?, the love story is great, the chemistry between John Raitt and Doris Day is out of this world, the "extra" on the DVD is superb (an outtake from the film of Doris singing a song that was dropped from the film!)...I can't get enough of this DVD! It should win awards for picture quality! If I wanted to sell someone on DVDs in general, I'd pick this DVD as evidence of their superiority over videos. And whatta FUN film!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doris is the reason to watch July 20 2003
Format:DVD
Despite having most the players from the Tony-winning Broadway musical intact, the reason to watch the movie-version of "The Pajama Game" is Doris Day. With her no-nonsense bob and freckly-sunniness, she lights up this stale plot about trouble within a pajama factory. Bob Fosse helped with the dance numbers, but his distinct talents are in evidence on only one number("Steam Heat", which is great but looks a little out of place in these old-fashioned surroundings). Movie doesn't pop or sizzle, it could use more movement and jazzy interaction, but when it does contain these elements, it feels very fresh and featherweight. And, as always, Doris makes the most of it. B-
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a really bad plot, but good songs July 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It's a really bad plot, really thin characters, and mostly (except for the Fosse numbers), unimaginative choreography. But it's got great music and some personable stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great musical! Dec 27 2002
Format:DVD
This musical is full of great music and dance. The only thing I didn't like was the use of "water colors" versus "technicolor". I am sure it was decided on for a creative alternative, but I would have preferred technicolor.
Other than that, it is great.
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