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Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees

Tab Hunter
Director: George Abbott, Stanley Donen Cast: Tab Hunter
Tab Hunter
, Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
George Abbott, Stanley Donen,

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Damn Yankees is a frothy, faithful adaptation of the 1956 Broadway hit. In an amusing slant on the "Faust" legend, aging baseball fan Joe Boyd (Robert Schafer) is given an opportunity to lead his beloved Washington Senators to victory by a devilish gent named Applegate (Ray Walston). Boyd is transformed into handsome young "Shoeless" Joe Hardy from Hannibal, Mo. (and in the process, the part is taken over by Tab Hunter, who's better than everyone said he was back in 1958). Joe becomes the Senators' star player, but at the price of his immortal soul; he isn't terribly worried, however, since he's built an escape clause into his contract with Applegate. To see that Joe doesn't get a chance to exercise that clause, Applegate sends his luscious assistant Lola (Gwen Verdon) to seduce the ballplayer. This effort doesn't work, but Applegate still manages to cause Joe to lose his chance at salvation. But there is still a ray of hope--if Hardy can win the deciding pennant game, he'll be able to foil Applegate's master plan of causing the Senators to lose. With Lola's aid, Joe gives the devil more than his due. The principal selling angle of Damn Yankees, beyond the presence of Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston delightfully recreating their stage roles, are the wonderful Richard Adler/Jerry Ross songs, including "You've Gotta Have Heart" and "What Lola Wants, Lola Gets." Based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, the film (like the play before it) unfortunately throws away Wallop's wryly ironic climax; as a result, the last scenes appear rushed and haphazard. But why quibble? Damn Yankees is and always was a rock-solid piece of entertainment, as proven by its recent S.R.O. Broadway revival.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2021
UPC: 0883929719617
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 17,207

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tab Hunter Joe Hardy
Gwen Verdon Lola
Ray Walston Applegate
Russ Brown Van Buren
Shannon Bolin Meg
Nathaniel Frey Smokey
Jimmy Komack Rocky
Robert Shafer Joe Boyd
Jean Stapleton Sister
Albert Linville Vernon
Bob Fosse Mambo Dancer
Rae Allen Gloria
Phil Arnold Actor
Elizabeth Howell Doris

Technical Credits
George Abbott Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stanley Donen Director,Producer
Richard Adler Score Composer
Frank Bracht Editor
Jean Eckart Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
William Eckart Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Pat Ferrier Choreography
Stanley Fleischer Art Director
Bob Fosse Choreography
Harold Lipstein Cinematographer
Jerry Ross Score Composer

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