The Pajama Game (1957)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5

USA, 1957.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by George Abbott, , based on the musical by George Abbott, Richard Bissell, from the novel 7 1/2 Cents by Richard Bissell.  Cinematography by .  Produced by George Abbott, Stanley Donen.  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Superb film adaptation of the marvelous Broadway production by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, who continued their success the following year with Damn Yankees. Directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen, it takes place at a pajama factory where the newly unionized workers are campaigning to get a seven-and-a-half cent raise. The factory’s new foreman () is only willing to put up with so much from the workers, union or no, and gets a whole lot of resistance from the chairman of the grievance committee (), until he notices what a va-va-voom lady she is. The musical numbers are all brilliant, choreographed with exuberance by Bob Fosse (who also did the stage show) and the colourful cast is reunited from the original production (with the exception of Day filling in for Janet Paige). The hilarious secretary role played by was the historic performance that Shirley MacLaine understudied on Broadway, which got her noticed by a movie producer the night Haney broke her ankle.

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