Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2019
UPC: 0883929690220
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 327

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Damn Yankees
1. Credits. [3:00]
2. Six Months Out Of Every Year. [2:43]
3. Applegate's Proposition. [6:38]
4. Goodbye, Old Girl. [4:08]
5. Clubhouse Chatter. [2:00]
6. Heart. [4:11]
7. Joe's Knockout Tryout. [7:57]
8. Shoeless Joe From Hannibal, MO. [5:26]
9. Gone But Not Forgotten. [2:45]
10. There's Something About An Empty Chair. [3:01]
11. New Boarder. [3:45]
12. Lola's Assignment. [2:56]
13. A Little Brains, A Little Talent. [5:31]
14. Miss West Indies. [5:29]
15. Whatever Lola Wants. [6:09]
16. Devilish Displeasure. [3:02]
17. Those Were The Good Old Days. [2:33]
18. A Girlish 172. [4:27]
19. Shifty Tactics. [2:17]
20. Who's Got The Pain? [4:18]
21. Heart And Heartbreak. [1:35]
22. Joe On Trial. [2:11]
23. He Wants Out. [3:26]
24. Material Witnesses. [2:11]
25. Together Tonight. [2:40]
26. Two Lost Souls. [6:16]
27. No More Nonsense. [3:28]
28. Final Inning Miracle. [3:14]
29. Outdeviled. [2:47]

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Damn Yankees 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are no words for that kind of magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful musical! Based on the Broadway play this movie is about a baseball fan who is so upset by his team always losing that he sells his soul to the devil, and he almost falls in love with the devil's temptress Lola. The cast in the movie consists of Shannon Bolin as Meg (reprising her stage role), Tab Hunter as Joe Hardy, Gwen Verdon as Lola(reprising her stage role, Ray Walston as the devil (reprising his stage role) and I can't remember any of the other actors. My favorite part of the movie was when Lola was reminding herself the lesson the devil had taught her in an endless repetition, ''Never Feel Sorry For Anybody, Never Feel Sorry For An
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