Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Pajama Game (1957)

IMDb plot summary: An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay rise.
Directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen. Starring Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, and Eddie Foy Jr.

I was completely unfamiliar with the movie/show's plot going into this, but I knew a few of the songs already. And this movie has a LOT of songs. 15 minutes or so in, we'd already had three songs an were starting on a fourth. There really were only about 2-3 minutes between each number, which ended up being a good thing. The songs are fun, particularly "There Once Was a Man," "Hey There," and a lot of the Fosse-choreographed dances.

When it comes to story... Well, that definitely isn't this movie's strong suit. The characters are thin caricatures set in weak stories. There's a particularly icky subplot in which a man's rampant jealous streak culminates in him chasing his girlfriend around the building, throwing knives at her while she literally screams and begs for her life. That is incredibly disturbing. Fortunately, there's not *that* much plot, and the movie's a lot easier to enjoy as just a string of musical numbers. It ends up in the lower middle of my chart. The tunes by themselves make it a fun watch, but they're propped up by a *really* flimsy book.

2.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Pajama Game < Born Yesterday
The Pajama Game > The Rescuers
The Pajama Game > La Dolce Vita
The Pajama Game > 'Master Harold'...And the Boys
The Pajama Game > Aladdin
The Pajama Game < Scrooge
The Pajama Game < The Fortune Cookie
The Pajama Game < As It Is in Heaven
The Pajama Game > Talladega Nights
The Pajama Game < Yankee Doodle Dandy
The Pajama Game > Sisters

Final spot: #1368 out of 2583.

No comments: