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The Pajama Game (1999)

Stanley Donen  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007QS306
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pajama Game" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted song: "The Man Who Invented Love"
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 1.85 anamorphic and 1.33 full-screen

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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE COLOR IS SPECTACULAR!!! September 5, 2003
By Coleen
I can't understand why this DVD doesn't rate a total 5 stars here! It's one of the best DVDs I have because it looks absolutely dazzling, the songs are great, the plot is silly - but so what?, the love story is great, the chemistry between John Raitt and Doris Day is out of this world, the "extra" on the DVD is superb (an outtake from the film of Doris singing a song that was dropped from the film!)...I can't get enough of this DVD! It should win awards for picture quality! If I wanted to sell someone on DVDs in general, I'd pick this DVD as evidence of their superiority over videos. And whatta FUN film!!
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Local 343 Amalgamated Shirt & Pajama September 22, 2002
Labor relations in a pajama factory. This is the world into which songwriters Adler and Ross managed to weave a string of Broadway standards ("Hey There", "Hernando's Hideaway") in the musical "The Pajama Game".
In 1955 it opened on Broadway with legendary director George Abbot at the helm and newcomer Bob Fosse making his debut as choreographer. John Raitt (the original Billy Bigalow in "Carousel"), Eddie Foy Jr., and Retta Shaw all earned praise for their work and Carol Haney delivered a career-making performance in a supporting role. (A week after the show opened, Carol Haney was ill so her understudy, chorus girl Shirley McLaine, went on in the part with no rehearsal. She was a great success, especially to film producer Hal Ashby who was in the audience to see Haney. He brought McLaine to Hollywood to star in his upcoming Hitchcock film, which started Shirley's career.)
In 1957 Warner Brothers brought the entire cast and production team from New York to do the film version. All, that is, but one. Janice Paige was replaced by Doris Day as Babe Williams, the feisty union garment worker opposite John Raitt's suave role as Pajama Factory manager, Sid Sorokin.
Doris Day comes across with a bit more grit in both her acting and her voice than many may be expecting. But she makes a great Babe - whether belting "I'm Not At All in Love" or cooing the romantic ballad "Hey There". John Raitt is equally adept as Sid and does so well with his tough guy good looks, that you wonder why Hollywood failed to cast him in any of his previous stage hits. But it's that full baritone voice that knocks you over. A voice of such lush timbre that contemporaries like Frank Sinatra and Gordon McRae pale in comparison.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Musical! April 4, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
(Note: This review is of the DVD version)
"The Pajama Game" is a terrific musical and I'm sorry more people don't know about it. The movie was so successfully "opened up" from its Broadway origins that it's hard to believe it actually once was a stage play. Credit Midwestern location shooting, fluid direction and camera work, and Bob Fosse's incredible choreography. His "Once a Year Day" production number is a standout, as he gets the cast to dance on a lumpy grass hillside doing steps that would be difficult for most troupes to perform on the flat wooden boards of 42nd Street.

The central conflict in the work is between "Babe" the union representative (Doris Day) and the new superintendant (John Raitt, Bonnie's father, a well-known Broadway actor at this time but almost unknown to film). Secondary leads/comic relief are provided by Eddie Foy Jr. and the incomparable Carol Haney (who was also a marvelous specialty dancer and died tragically young in the Sixties). Best-known hits from the show are probably "Hey There," and "Hernando's Hideway," which is performed almost entirely by matchlight--or at least that's the illusion it gives.

Studio-wise, this Warner Bros. confection is truly the kind of flick they don't make anymore, yet somehow "The Pajama Game," despite its struggle over a seven-and-a-half-cent raise, remains fresh to me. Possibly that's because the show is so exuberant and the tunes so universal in popularity ("Hernando's Hideaway," for example, is a tango), that this movie is much more watchable than more "sophisticated" films from the late 1950s. For D.Day fans, this is a must, as it is for lovers of musicals; I think people who like good movies in general will probably be pleased if they take a chance on this sterling production.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Doris Day, without a doubt, was the greatest female musical/comedy star Hollywood ever produced. I know that Judy Garland fans will disagree, but, I like Doris better.
When "Pajama Game" was brought to the screen, Doris Day was given sole star billing, of course, with Raitt, Carol Haney and Eddie Foy, Jr. getting secondary rankings. Mr.Raitt had top billing on Broadway, but this was Hollywood.
Miss Day was fascinating as Babe Williams, head of the grievance committee at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory. She falls in love with the new forman, played by Raitt. A 7 1/2 cent raise is at stake for the workers, with management playing dirty tricks.
The musical score is great. Doris Day was in wonderful voice which was clear and poinant as she reprised that marvelous standard, "Hey There". "I'm Not at All in Love" was very entertaining with Day really showing us how a musical number should be done.
With Raitt, she does the standout "There Once Was A Man", and they both perform to perfection. What a great number!
The songs that were omitted from the original Broadway cast, were not missed here. I would love for Doris to have had another ballad, perhaps they could have written something special for the film version.
Carol Haney was fun as Gladys and danced up a storm with Bob Fosey's signature choreography in two highlights of the film, "Once a Year Day" and "Steam Heat.
Eddie Foy, Jr., Barbara Nichols, Rita Shaw and Thelma Pelish, all holdovers from the stage version added much to the proceedings.
Stanley Donen's direction was deft. This is one of his best pictures, but he never mentions it in documentaries on him. I don't understand why he consentrates on "Funny Face". This is a much better film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... part of her Christmas gift and she was really happy with it
I purchased this for my mother as part of her Christmas gift and she was really happy with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, watch it!
Amazing musical!
Published 15 days ago by Endy
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC MUSICAL!!
Love this movie! One of my favorites-- a former Broadway hit, successfully brought to the movies! The music is great, the dance moves terrific, including one of the most famous... Read more
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Published 27 days ago by Susanna M. Brown
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Great movie with great music! It makes my 93 year old Mother laugh out loud!
Published 28 days ago by Tweets55
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the better musicals. My grand daughter loves this one. Can't go wrong with Doris Day.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Stenvall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic show. Production is complete Broadway style and perfection.
I saw the show in a summer stock performance years ago and wanted to see the full blown cast version. You will not be disappointed. Fantastic cast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by edison01742
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
No problems. Thank you
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased with everything.
Published 1 month ago by Beverly A Beran
4.0 out of 5 stars The print!
I love this film, but the copy I have, with all the right credentials on the back, ia a dreadful print. Is there a batch problem here? Read more
Published 2 months ago by addison de witt
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Two DVD released versions?
According to Amazon, Warner released two DVD versions, one in 1999 (101 minutes) and one in 2005 (102 minutes). I own the Westlake Entertainment version, copyright 2006 (not 1957 as in its Amazon listing - of course there were no DVDs in 1957) which lists a running time of 109 minutes. However,... Read More
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