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The Pajama Game

Stanley Donen    DVD
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Pajama Game, The (DVD)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Local 343 Amalgamated Shirt & Pajama Sept. 22 2002
Format:DVD
Labor relations in a pajama factory. This is the world into which songwriters Adler and Ross managed to weave a string of Broadway standards ("Hey There", "Hernando's Hideaway") in the musical "The Pajama Game".
In 1955 it opened on Broadway with legendary director George Abbot at the helm and newcomer Bob Fosse making his debut as choreographer. John Raitt (the original Billy Bigalow in "Carousel"), Eddie Foy Jr., and Retta Shaw all earned praise for their work and Carol Haney delivered a career-making performance in a supporting role. (A week after the show opened, Carol Haney was ill so her understudy, chorus girl Shirley McLaine, went on in the part with no rehearsal. She was a great success, especially to film producer Hal Ashby who was in the audience to see Haney. He brought McLaine to Hollywood to star in his upcoming Hitchcock film, which started Shirley's career.)
In 1957 Warner Brothers brought the entire cast and production team from New York to do the film version. All, that is, but one. Janice Paige was replaced by Doris Day as Babe Williams, the feisty union garment worker opposite John Raitt's suave role as Pajama Factory manager, Sid Sorokin.
Doris Day comes across with a bit more grit in both her acting and her voice than many may be expecting. But she makes a great Babe - whether belting "I'm Not At All in Love" or cooing the romantic ballad "Hey There". John Raitt is equally adept as Sid and does so well with his tough guy good looks, that you wonder why Hollywood failed to cast him in any of his previous stage hits. But it's that full baritone voice that knocks you over. A voice of such lush timbre that contemporaries like Frank Sinatra and Gordon McRae pale in comparison.
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By forrie
Format:DVD
Doris Day replaced Janice Paige as Babe Williams the only non-Tony winning Broadway cast member to make the Warner Brothers film version of "The Pajama Game". Even Bob Fosse came along to ensure the films choregraph numbers were kept top knotch.
This award winning cast included the best of Broadway of 1956; John Raitt (only movie), Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw and the dance talents of Carol Haney.
The toe tapping music, the Bob Fosse dance numbers, the color rich photograhed scenes and Doris Day's singing help make this a show stopping fun filled 90 minutes of musical magic.
The DVD has a widescreen color rich digital transfer. This is a period classic but can you remember; company picnics?, paying $1.00 for all the beer you can drink?, or a 7 1/2 cent raise?
In summary: The SleepTite Pajama Factory is about to have a Union strike for a 7 1/2 cent raise. Naturally management resists so the Union group plan a slow down strike. The floor manager (Raitt) falls in love with Union member (Day) and the fun begins with the wonderfully predictable happy ending.
"The Pajama Game" is one of the best sleeper musicals with Doris Day leading the incredible cast through their paces. Enjoy!!!!
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By forrie
Format:DVD
Doris Day replaced Janice Paige as Babe Williams the only non-Tony winning Broadway cast member to make the Warner Brothers film version of "The Pajama Game". Even Bob Fosse came along to ensure the films choregraph numbers were kept top knotch.
This award winning cast included the best of Broadway of 1956; John Raitt (only movie), Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw and the dance talents of Carol Haney.
The toe tapping music, the Bob Fosse dance numbers, the color rich photograhed scenes and Doris Day's singing help make this a show stopping fun filled 90 minutes of musical magic.
The DVD has a widescreen color rich digital transfer. This is a period classic but can you remember; company picnics?, paying $1.00 for all the beer you can drink?, or a 7 1/2 cent raise?
In summary: The SleepTite Pajama Factory is about to have a Union strike for a 7 1/2 cent raise. Naturally management resists so the Union group plan a slow down strike. The floor manager (Raitt) falls in love with Union member (Day) and the fun begins with the wonderfully predictable happy ending.
"The Pajama Game" is one of the best sleeper musicals with Doris Day leading the incredible cast through their paces. Enjoy!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Musical! April 4 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"The Pajama Game" is a terrific musical and I'm sorry more people don't know about it. The movie was so successfully "opened up" from its Broadway origins that it's hard to believe it actually once was a stage play. Credit Midwestern location shooting, fluid direction and camera work, and Bob Fosse's incredible choreography. His "Once a Year Day" production number is a standout, as he gets the cast to dance on a lumpy grass hillside doing steps that would be difficult for most troupes to perform on the flat wooden boards of 42nd Street.
The central conflict in the work is between "Babe" the union representative (Doris Day) and the new superintendant (John Raitt, Bonnie's father, a well-known Broadway actor at this time but almost unknown to film). Secondary leads/comic relief are provided by Eddie Foy Jr. and the incomparable Carol Haney (who was also a marvelous specialty dancer and died tragically young in the Sixties). Best-known hits from the show are probably "Hey There," and "Hernando's Hideway," which is performed almost entirely by matchlight--or at least that's the illusion it gives.
Studio-wise, this Warner Bros. confection is truly the kind of flick they don't make anymore, yet somehow "The Pajama Game," despite its struggle over a seven-and-a-half-cent raise, remains fresh to me. Possibly that's because the show is so exuberant and the tunes so universal in popularity ("Hernando's Hideaway," for example, is a tango), that this movie is much more watchable than more "sophisticated" films from the late 1950s. For D.Day fans, this is a must, as it is for lovers of musicals; I think people who like good movies in general will probably be pleased if they take a chance on this sterling production.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, charming, if lightweight musical
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. Read more
Published on April 5 2011 by K. Gordon
2.0 out of 5 stars Doris Day in a pajama-factory musical.
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect except for doris
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!
Published on Feb. 8 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars I GOT STEAM HEAT
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by Guy De Federicis
5.0 out of 5 stars THE COLOR IS SPECTACULAR!!!
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 -... Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Coleen
3.0 out of 5 stars Doris is the reason to watch
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. Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by jon sieruga
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a really bad plot, but good songs
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.
Published on July 2 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Great musical!
This musical is full of great music and dance. The only thing I didn't like was the use of "water colors" versus "technicolor". Read more
Published on Dec 27 2002 by Randy Fernandez
1.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Doris Day's best movies
I am a Doris Day fan to the end, but this one was so boring I never even bothered to watch the end! It hasn't been put in the VCR since I watched it the first time. Read more
Published on July 6 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Disapponted
I was disappointed it was not in Stereo, as I recall the VHS version was in Stereo, and I was very surprised the DVD was not, actually it was one of the reasons I purchased it.
Published on June 7 2002 by M.A. Hernandez Navarro
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