Pajama Game Soundtrack
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Day sings it better, however the Broadway cast album has better sound as well as an overture and three songs, "A New Town is a Blue Town", "Her Is" and "Think of the Time I save" were dropped from the movie.
The soundtrack album, however, includes extended dance music from "I'll Never Be Jealous again" and "Once-a-year-day" and despite the boxy Warner Bros soundtage sound, the music is given a lively performance.
Doris Day fits perfectly into the role of feisty Babe Williams (Janis Paige played the role on Broadway. Ironically, Day and Paige's careers intertwined several times. They co-starred in ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS, which was Day's movie debut and later played together in PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES). Day's voice fits the music of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross to a tee, and she's especially fetching belting out the anthemic "I'm Not at All in Love".
John Raitt, repeating his Broadway role of the hardnosed superintendent Sid Sorokin, is wonderful, singing the show's beloved ballad "Hey There" and the country-flavoured duet with Doris Day, "There Once Was a Man".
Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw and Carol Haney, all from the Broadway cast, perform with joy and showmanship. Standout numbers include "Once-a-Year Day", "Steam Heat" and "I'll Never Be Jealous Again".
Included as a bonus is "The Man Who Invented Love", a song written and later cut from the film version, recorded by Doris Day with Frank DeVol and his orchestra.
Usually, Hollywood gets it wrong. They denied Ethel Merman for "Gypsy" and hired Rosalind Russell, who could not sing; they bypassed Julie Andrews for "My Fair Lady" and hired movie star, Audrey Hepburn, who also couldn't sing and Carol Lawrence was told "you're out and Natalie Wood is in" when "West Side Story" came to the screen. Natalie couldn't sing either. Marnie Nixon's voice was used for both Wood and Hepburn and Lisa Kirk's voice subbed for Russell.
With Doris Day, they got everything: a top movie star, an expert singer , a trained dancer and skilled actress. Plus, she was beautiful and took full command of the role of Babe. I just wish they had kept "The Man Who Invented Love" in the picture. I've never seen a Day musical in which she didn't have a couple of ballads of her own. In this film, they attempted to right that wrong with "Invented Love" but dropped it so that Doris could reprise "Hey There" for historical purposes. They wanted Day on film singing that legendary song.
Overall, a wonderful transition from stage to screen.
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Who doesn't love Doris? John Raitt's voice is tremendous. Silly movie but great songs! (Not that I wouldn't watch it again ;)Published 9 months ago by Stargzn
This is a very overlooked movie from Doris Day's career. I find the music memorable and the story a lot of fun ...glad I bought it!Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
One of my favorite recordings. Having disconnected my turntable years ago it is good to hear this wonderful recording once again.Published 17 months ago by Bruce Levine
Yes the album does sound better. The perfomances are wonderful as was the film. Good price. Thanks AmazonPublished 18 months ago by Michael Palermo
I bought this as part of my mother's Christmas gift! She really enjoyed it!Published 21 months ago by Rebecca Lant
Love everything about it --confirms what a talented Doris Day is and was during her days! Enjoyed the songs and dance numbers.Published on August 25, 2013 by Cynthia T
Any fan of Doris day musicals will love the Pajama Game.
I saw it many years agp and was happy to see there was a DVD was being sold on Amazon.
As others have noted, the main choice here is between Janis Paige and Doris Day. Doris Day has the better voice but the Broadway CD has better sound,and added songs. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Publius
Growing up I listened to this RECORD with my mom and knew all the words! Never watched the movie until I was an adult.Published on January 13, 2011 by gwalls