The Pajama Game

The Pajama Game

DVD - 1999
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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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1999.
Edition: Widescreen version, standard version.
ISBN: 9780790742816
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE MUSICAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 16, 2016

VERY GOOD 1957 romantic musical comedy with Doris Day (at in her mid 30's) really lighting up the screen.
John Raitt (who I just learned is father of talented singer Bonnie Raitt) is great in male lead, especially in the duet (with himself) .
Fun to see Barbara Nichols again, too.
And there is a terrific ending sequence featuring Bob Fosse choreography.
Interesting, that the film includes a 'work slowdown' in pajama maker workers labor struggle against owner.

Dec 17, 2014

All is not well at the Sleep-Tite pyjama factory as militant union members go toe-to-toe with the company's hardheaded management over a contentious 7½ cent raise. But things get even more complicated when the fiery head of the Grievance Committee (Doris Day) falls head over heels in love with the new Supervisor. Will love conquer all or will their differing ideologies tear them apart? The Technicolor sets are pretty and some of the songs went on to become classics ("Hey There", "Steam Heat", "Hernando's Hideaway"), but the real star of the show is Bob Fosse's wonderfully complex choreography. The rest is just so much fluff and frosting with a bit of sanitized socialist rhetoric thrown in for good measure.

Jul 14, 2014

No subtitles on the disc that I got.

Jan 16, 2012

Not as good as I thought it would be. Very similar in storyline to Made in Dagenham.


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