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
Deserves more attention for it's unflinching weirdness. Yeah, Tab Hunter is kind of a drag but Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston more than compensate for him.
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]Hi Walter![/i] [i][color=red]Go back to Boston, you bum![/color][/i] [i][color=#ff0000][/color][/i] [color=black]Actually, I'm a Mets fan...but more on that later...[/color] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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][/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]
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