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A 1950's Musical Favorite!
This movie is a funny, catchy, sports movie starring Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon & Ray Walston. When my sister and I were young and living in California, The Million Dollar movie channel showed this same movie over and over again for a whole week, and we watched it every night! At the end of that time we had all the songs and even some of the lines, memorized. This movie includes the song "Whatever Lola Wants", and the dancing is done by famous choreographer, Bob Fosse. The songs are charming, too. It's hard to believe that this great movie hasn't been put on DVD, when far less charming films (in fact downright trash!) has been converted to DVD. I really wish I could understand who is in control of putting movies on DVD or not. Whoever decides these things has very faulty reasoning. This film definitely should be available to the public.
Please show Damn Yankees
I always loved this movie,great music and great story line. Haven't seen it on TMC, 'say it isn't so, Joe'!
Damn Yankees deserves to be on TCM
Why oh why has this never been shown on the premier classic movie channel? It is a bona fide classic musical with a matchless performance by Gwen Verdon. Please put it on the schedule!
Ya Gotta Have Heart
- Ann Brown
This is a stilted version of the great broadway musical. The music is still good, and the production pieces are entertaining. The problem is that the transitions from straight dialogue to song are weak and confusing. Gwen Verdon, while terrific in the dance sequences, does not communicate the same charm on screen that she must have on the stage. Tab Hunter is the surprise of the movie. He stated that he sang his own songs, and his voice is beautiful. His is the most natural acting style in the film, and his scenes with his wife, in the story, are very sweet and touching. The film is worth watching for the musical aspect alone (don't miss Verdon and her husband Bob Fosse in a great musical production piece), but George Abbott should have altered his stage direction for the medium of film in order to let the story come to life.