Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees

DVD - 2004
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What if you could help your favorite team win the pennant? And what if you got to be the star of that team? For lifelong Washington Senators fan Joe Boyd that dream comes true when after seeing his team lose yet again, he rashly declares that he would sell his soul to the devil to see his team beat the Yankees. The Devil goes by Mr. Applegate now, and he agrees that Joe--a one-time baseball standout--will play for the Senators and help them reach the promised land. But Joe persuades Applegate to give him an escape clause, should he dislike his new identity. Applegate declares that he can back out at any time before the last game of the season--if he plays in the final game, he'll belong to the Devil. Featuring members of the original Broadway cast (Tab Hunter was not in the original cast).
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2004.
ISBN: 9780790790084
0790790084
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Aug 15, 2016

Yep. Damn Yankees, and its peculiar storyline, that combines a pact with Satan (of all things) and winning baseball's World Series, may be just too silly and absurd for words, but, all the same, as an impressively staged 1958, Musical/Comedy, it is quite entertaining, in the long run.

You really don't have to be much of a baseball fan to enjoy Damn Yankees. This fluffy, good-natured, Technicolor romp features a good-looking cast, some likeable tunes, and a couple of real dynamite musical numbers showcasing the talents of actress/dancer, Gwen Verdon. (*Watch video-clip of Gwen doing "Whatever Lola Wants"*)

Even the big, husky heart-throb, Tab Hunter kicks up his heels and gets into the toe-tapping spirit of Damn Yankees (though he's never given a chance to sing).

So, if you enjoy Musicals from the fabulous 1950s, then you're sure to be delighted by the likes of Damn Yankees.

Froster Aug 10, 2015

I remember this movie from my childhood. I remember loving the songs. The dancing. The ultra-cute blond guy who was the star. I remember thinking, “but why do they have this homely lady playing Lola”? Well, 50 years later, not so impressed with the cute blond guy, but the homely lady (the incomparable Gwen Verdon) really is the show. Unfortunately, my observation as a 10 year-old still holds. She must have been extraordinary on stage, but she’s no beauty in merciless Technicolor close-up. However, can anyone think of the combination of beauty AND song and dance talent to be credible during this era? Cyd Charisse? (Too chilly, couldn’t sing), Rita Hayworth? (Too old, couldn’t sing). Mitzi Gaynor? (A bit perky, but YES…) Even so, no one could have possibly inhabited the brilliant Fosse choreography than Verdon, his greatest muse. It is a pleasure to see her in her first and last movie starring role, duet-ting with her man, tilting that pelvis and showing the crispest jazz hands in the business. Bravo.

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richibi
Sep 11, 2011

trite musical, Edith Bunker does a bit of "You Got to Have Heart", Gwen Verdon is a cardboard Lola, who doesn't get whatever she wants, probably cause Bob Fosse, the choreographer, is before his prime, your "Favorite Martian" plays an impish, uninspired and uninspiring devil, only Tab Hunter, yes Tab Hunter, comes out appropriately and convincingly innocent and, most of all, consistently and splendidly, glowingly, golden

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