Washington Senators fan Joe Boyd sells his soul to the devil to become the greatest baseball player ever and to help his favorite team win the pennant.
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- ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.85:1
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: June 4, 2019
- Originally Released: 1958
- Label: Warner Archives
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon & Ray Walston|
|Performer:||Russ Brown, Shannon Bolin, Nathaniel Frey, James Komack, Rae Allen & Jean Stapleton|
|Directed by||George Abbott & Stanley Donen|
|Edited by||Frank Bracht|
|Music by||Richard Adler|
|Screenplay by||George Abbott|
|Art Direction by||Stanley Fleischer|
|Produced by||George Abbott & Stanley Donen|
|Director of Photography:||Harold Lipstein|
Rating: 3/5 -- hasn't aged very well Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- One of the better big-budget music-fests ... mainly because it has the devil and some baseball in it.
Miss Verdon has the sort of fine, fresh talent that the screen badly needs these days. Full Review
New York Times
Rating: 3/5 -- The problem lies with Tab Hunter in the difficult leading role: to put it mildly, he lacks pizzazz. There's still a lot of fun to be gleaned, though: Gwen Verdon is a knockout as Lola, and Ray Walston is arguably the definitive movie Devil, Mr Applegate. Full Review
A lively celebration of baseball as America's pastime set during an era where the game was at its peak. Full Review
The Damn Yankees team, which ran the score high for three seasons in Broadway's legit ballpark, was reassembled to go to bat in this sparkling film version. Full Review
A musical lumbered with too much plot.
Description by OLDIES.com:
Aging baseball fan Joe Boyd (Robert Schafer) is given an opportunity to lead his beloved Washington Senators to victory by a devilish gent named Applegate (Ray Walston). Boyd is transformed into handsome young "Shoeless" Joe Hardy (Tab Hunter) from Hannibal, MO. Joe becomes the Senators' star player, but at the price of his immortal soul; he isn't terribly worried, however, since he's built an escape clause into his contract with Applegate. To see that Joe doesn't get a chance to exercise that clause, Applegate sends his luscious assistant Lola (Gwen Verdon) to seduce the ballplayer. This effort doesn't work, but Applegate still manages to cause Joe to lose his chance at salvation. But there is still a ray of hope: if Hardy can win the deciding pennant game, he'll be able to foil Applegate's master plan of causing the Senators to lose. With Lola's aid, Joe gives the devil more than his due.