Damn Yankees (1958)

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A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the league pennant.




  • Tab Hunter and Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees (1958)
  • Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees (1958)
  • Jean Stapleton in Damn Yankees (1958)
  • Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees (1958)
  • Tab Hunter in Damn Yankees (1958)
  • Tab Hunter and Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees (1958)

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13 July 2006 | Isaac5855
| Verdon Lights Up the Screen...Just This Once
Gwen Verdon was a Broadway legend with long gorgeous legs and an undeniable stage and screen charisma. Her legendary stage career earned her four Tony Awards, thanks in no small part to her long time Svengali and ex-husband Bob Fosse. Sadly, the only time Verdon was allowed to bring a role she created on Broadway to the big screen was in DAMN YANKEES, a sparkling film adaptation of the Richard Ross-Jerry Adler musical about a middle-aged baseball fan named Joe Boyd (Robert Shafer)who sells his soul to the devil for his favorite team, the Washington Senators, to win the pennant. The devil, apparently in desperate need of converts, appears in Joe's living room in the form of a Mr. Applegate (Ray Walston)and changes Joe Boyd into Joe Hardy (Tab Hunter), a young and unbeatable baseball player who helps lead the Senators to the pennant until he starts to get homesick and Applegate sends in his # 1 agent/witch named Lola (Verdon) to distract Joe. The film is well-mounted by Broadway legend George Abbott and Verdon and Ralston effectively reprise their Tony-Award winning stage roles and Fosse is even showcased, dancing in a rare duet with wife Verdon on "Who's Got the Pain?" and trust and believe, seeing Fosse and Verdon dance together is worth the price of admission alone. Other great songs in the score include "Whatever Lola Wants", "Heart","Those Were the Good Old Days", and "Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo". Not the greatest musical ever made, but Verdon, Ralston, and Fosse's brilliant choreography make it worth watching and re-watching.

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