Damn Yankees (1958)
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|Genre:||Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon, James Komack, Jean Stapleton, Rae Allen, Ray Walston, Russ Brown, Shannon Bolin, Tab Hunter, George Abbott, Stanley Donen|
|Written By:||George Abbott|
|In Theaters:||Sep 26, 1958 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 12, 2004|
as Joe Hardy
as Mr. Applegate
as Benny Van Buren
as Mrs. Meg Boyd
as Gloria Thorpe
as Joe Boyd
as Sister Miller
as Mambo Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Damn Yankees
The Damn Yankees team, which ran the score high for three seasons in Broadway's legit ballpark, was reassembled to go to bat in this sparkling film version.
Not the equal of Stanley Donen's parallel project, The Pajama Game, but a fine and vigorous film of the Broadway musical nonetheless.
Miss Verdon has the sort of fine, fresh talent that the screen badly needs these days.
The problem lies with Tab Hunter in the difficult leading role: to put it mildly, he lacks pizzazz. There's still a lot of fun to be gleaned, though: Gwen Verdon is a knockout as Lola, and Ray Walston is arguably the definitive movie Devil, Mr Applegate.
Audience Reviews for Damn Yankees
Overbright, overdone version of the stage play. The upcoming remake can only be an improvement.
Hi, my name is Walter and I hate the New York Yankees.
[i][color=red]Go back to Boston, you bum![/color][/i]
[color=black]Actually, I'm a Mets fan...but more on that later...[/color]
[font=Century Gothic]"Damn Yankees" is a musical about a middle-aged fan named Joe who roots for his beloved Washington Senators every day during the baseball season much to the consternation of his loyal wife. He is frustrated by their lack of success until the devil(a very liverly Ray Walston) makes him an offer to turn him into the best baseball player ever, so he could help his favorite baseball team beat the hated Yankees.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]I was entertained by "Damn Yankees"(otherwise known as the "Barry Bonds Story") but I was surprised that it had more to do with an old-fashioned view of marriage(and avoiding the temptations that could lead a husband down the wrong path) than it was about baseball. That having been said, the character of the female sports writer was definitely ahead of the time. Oh and I could not quite buy Gwen Verdon as the all-time seductress but she sure could dance.[/font][font=Century Gothic] [/font]
[color=blue]Oh and the Mets won today 5-1.[/color]
Very entertaining, not a good musical per se, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I think they needed a better seductress than Gwen Verdon.
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