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- May 26, 2016
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I think some first run venues had stereo prints but they’ve been lost.I keep saying Gordon Macrae would have been perfect in the role and Shirley Maclaine should have been Gladys. A bit more movie star power and charm would have turned it up a couple of notches. It would have been more memorable than it is. It also should have been filmed in stereo but Warner was having an economy drive. Sinatra would have been good too though I can't imagine an unknown Sinatra turning all those women's heads in a factory.
Oddly - Merman's last theatrical film performance was in Pajamas -In an evening with Stanley Donen I went to he himself said due to the budget it was not filmed in stereo. Oddly even his Funny Face from earlier in the year does not seem to have been filmed in stereo.
A performance on a stage is not going to necessarily translate well to the screen which is why Carol Channing created two of the most famous characters on stage in a musical comedy and got neither role on film. And then there are the cases of Martin and Merman. Day really needed another movie star to play next to or else it throws the relationship out of whack.
You people are SO LUCKY to be getting this so fast. I'll have to wait a couple of weeks at least, by which time I could have watched it a few times already. What a waste of my valuable time....
And after reading what Bruce wrote about Fosse, I am reminded that it also struck us that some of the dances (especially at the picnic) were outright embarrassing.Peg and I had heard a lot about this musical. We LOVE the other major Adler/Ross musical--Damn YANKEES. But, we had never seen The Pajama Game.
So we watched it. We enjoyed it...to a point. There were definite similarities in some of the songs (with the songs of Damn Yankees). It was colorful and energetic. But the songs and story just weren't that good. Most of the cast was good. To me, John Raitt was a letdown. Peg liked him well enough.
But while some of the songs are really good and certifiable hits, they didn't really seem to advance the story and the scenes didn't really gel into a cohesive and/or interesting story.
And that scene in which the shop foreman was throwing knives at his girlfriend, co-workers and boss was out and out scary (but I think it was supposed to be funny). Maybe it's a victim of the times.