The Pajama Game
(out of 5)
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 (John Raitt) 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 (Doris Day), 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 Carol Haney was the historic performance that Shirley MacLaine understudied on Broadway, which got her noticed by a movie producer the night Haney broke her ankle.
Screenplay by George Abbott, Richard Bissell, based on the musical by George Abbott, Richard Bissell, from the novel 7 1/2 Cents by Richard Bissell
Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.
Produced by George Abbott, Stanley Donen
Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert
Film Editing by William H. Ziegler
Cast Tags: Barbara Nichols,Buzz Miller, Carol Haney,Doris Day, Eddie Foy Jr., Jack Straw,Jackie Kelk, John Raitt, Kenneth LeRoy, Mary Stanton, Owen Martin, Ralph Dunn, Ralph W. Chambers, Reta Shaw, Thelma Pelish
Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Musical