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The Pajama Game (1957)

The Pajama Game




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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 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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: George Abbott, Richard Bissell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 1999
Warner Bros.


Doris Day
as Katie (Babe) William...
John Raitt
as Sid Sorokin
Carol Haney
as Gladys Hotchkiss
Eddie Foy Jr.
as Vernon Hines
Reta Shaw
as Mabel
Ralph Dunn
as Hasler
Jackie Kelk
as 1st Helper
Buzz Miller
as Featured Dancer
Kenneth LeRoy
as Featured Dancer
Barry Bernard
as Anderson
Jack Waldron
as Salesman
Ralph Volkie
as 2nd Helper
Franklin Fox
as Pop Williams
Mara McAfee
as Sabrina
Fred Villani
as Tony the Headwaiter
Franklyn Fox
as Pop Williams
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Critic Reviews for The Pajama Game

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 11, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is a delicious, bright and cheerful film.

Full Review… | November 24, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

It may not be especially distinguished filmmaking, but historically, it's a treasure trove.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As the two leads' flowering romance begins to grow further apart, the strain is conveyed through the mechanized perfectionism of the choreography.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Pajama Game


good music good actors but something is missing

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I want all of the girls dresses!!!!!!! it made me jealous watching......
Besides that the movie was good, but not amazing, it was funny, but i think maybe it was missing a little something.

I like the catchy tunes to "The Pajama Game," but it's a struggle to get past that overwhelming sensation of "This is so dumb..." A common excuse is that the storyline is dated but it's more than that. The characters come off as really dorky and I failed to form a connection with any of them. Remember that this is solely regarding the 1957 film version and not the show in general. Many of my disappointments were a result of seeing particular musical numbers done well in a live performance, much better than in this film version. It is hard to believe that with all of these Hollywood resources, this film could fall so far short of its potential. It just feels hastily thrown together. I love Doris Day but this is far from her finest role. The romantic chemistry between the main characters feels forced and ingenuine. Reta Shaw is a classic character actress and her performance of "I'll Never Be Jealous Again" with Eddie Foy Jr. really shines, becoming a high point for the film. But then the show-stopping numbers like "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway" are just "blah." If you want to enjoy "The Pajama Game," seek out a quality live performance because this film will remove your desire to ever see it again. Sorry, Doris - I still love you!

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