Damn Yankees (1958)
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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
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.
A musical lumbered with too much plot.
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
A middle aged man makes a deal with devil to help his favorite baseball team win. Witty, colorful musical is lot of fun with stand-out performances (Ray Walston especially) and great dancing. Not every musical number hits the mark, and the ending is a bit awkward, but you'll hardly notice.
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.
Overbright, overdone version of the stage play. The upcoming remake can only be an improvement.
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