Hello and thank you for being a DL contributor. We are changing the login scheme for contributors for simpler login and to better support using multiple devices. Please click here to update your account with a username and password.

Hello. Some features on this site require registration. Please click here to register for free.

Hello and thank you for registering. Please complete the process by verifying your email address. If you can't find the email you can resend it here.

Hello. Some features on this site require a subscription. Please click here to get full access and no ads for $1.99 or less per month.

Pajama Game (1957)

Just started watching on Tubi. What should I know? Give me some history and background. Never saw before.

by Anonymousreply 24December 20, 2023 1:01 AM

Alone and happy?

by Anonymousreply 1July 30, 2023 10:18 PM

One of John Raitt's only big screen appearances.......

by Anonymousreply 2July 30, 2023 10:24 PM


I'm about to watch it now, for the first time. I'm 4 minutes in and there've been at least three musical numbers. So far, it seems like a musical version of The Desk Set.

And I searched for an existing thread before starting a new one.

Jealous, bitches?

by Anonymousreply 3November 30, 2023 12:46 AM

Doris Day stole my part, but I've outlived her!

by Anonymousreply 4November 30, 2023 1:06 AM

I'm trying to look for the gay subtext, but it's much more dom than sub.

by Anonymousreply 5November 30, 2023 1:14 AM

The girl who plays the flirty secretary was Bob Fosse’s choreography assistant and dance captain for years, and died young from alcoholism.


Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 6November 30, 2023 1:15 AM

I broke Carol's ankle to get my big break!

by Anonymousreply 7November 30, 2023 1:22 AM

R6 The Fosse moves appear out of place in the context of the setting, costumes and plot; but they create a striking contrast/conflict and convey a sense of being on the verge of a new era and the fading of an old one.

by Anonymousreply 8November 30, 2023 1:25 AM

[quote]One of John Raitt's only big screen appearances.......

Doesn't "only" indicate just the one, dear?

by Anonymousreply 9November 30, 2023 1:38 AM

Once a Year Day is one of the greatest dance numbers on film.

by Anonymousreply 10November 30, 2023 1:43 AM

I thought the movie was a ton of fun. The first time I watched, I had no idea so many hit songs came of this... made me wish that Doris had done "South Pacific" instead of Mitzi... Here's my review...

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 11November 30, 2023 2:26 AM

[quote]R8 The Fosse moves appear out of place

I recently watched a PBS taping of the 2003 revival of KISS ME KATE.

That. Show. Is. So. Awful.

The numbers are good, of course. But the script is an unfunny mess. I actually kind of hate it. Why is it chopped into that terrible show within a show format?? Just do one or the other. Hate h8 h8 it!


Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 12November 30, 2023 2:33 AM

Shirley MacLaine was Carol Haney ‘ s understudy in The Pajama Game on Broadway MacLaine went on one night for an injured Haney. The rest, as they say, is history.

by Anonymousreply 13November 30, 2023 2:44 AM

Well how nice for Shirley.

by Anonymousreply 14November 30, 2023 3:49 AM

Worth watching for Reta Shaw in her teddy number.

by Anonymousreply 15November 30, 2023 4:37 AM

Some (alleged) events from that evening:

When she walked into the theater that night, twenty minutes late from a stalled subway, MacLaine had a two week notice in her pocket ready to turn in. She planned to quit the show to do CAN-CAN.

Carol Haney’s costumes fit fine but the shoes were tiny so MacLaine wore her own tennis shoes, thinking, “If they’re looking at my feet I’m in trouble anyway.”

John Raitt sang her character’s song “Hernando’s Hideaway” in order to take one number off her shoulders.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 16November 30, 2023 5:33 AM

Didn't she also drop the hat in Steam Heat and said Shit and the audience laughed?

by Anonymousreply 17November 30, 2023 5:36 AM

So she says. But she also said she’d never had a rehearsal and I don’t see how she could do that number without one.

Can dancers pick up intricate dance routines just by watching them?

by Anonymousreply 18November 30, 2023 5:39 AM

This film contains one of Doris Day's best musical performances on film. It is a great film to watch- just rewatched it myself a few ago. Doris at her prime. Raitt at his prime. Eddie Foy and Reta Shaw's dance number is so great I could watch it all day. Stanley Donen directed it well, and the songs are just excellent, especially " Hey There"- which is one of my favorite songs of all time. The story goes that if Sinatra had done the film Paige would have done her original part . But she and Doris were great friends no matter. It is also a pro-union film- rare in this day.

by Anonymousreply 19December 1, 2023 3:38 PM

Big miss on a line of Pajama Game Sleepwear.

by Anonymousreply 20December 1, 2023 5:01 PM
Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 21December 2, 2023 5:50 AM

Yes, an overlooked gem.

by Anonymousreply 22December 2, 2023 5:54 AM

R15 & R19 I didn’t realize how talented Reta Shaw was until I saw this film. I had seen her previously only in non-musical parts. She danced and sang delightfully. No wonder she’s such a favorite at Bea Benederet’s New Year’s parties.

by Anonymousreply 23December 20, 2023 12:08 AM

[quote]John Raitt sang her character’s song “Hernando’s Hideaway” in order to take one number off her shoulders.

Thanks, I had never heard or read about that.

by Anonymousreply 24December 20, 2023 1:01 AM
Need more help? Click Here.

Yes indeed, we too use "cookies." Take a look at our privacy/terms or if you just want to see the damn site without all this bureaucratic nonsense, click ACCEPT. Otherwise, you'll just have to find some other site for your pointless bitchery needs.


Become a contributor - post when you want with no ads!