The Pajama Game

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The Pajama Game Review


Sleepwear, a labor dispute, and singing come together for maybe the first and only time in film history in the Doris Day vehicle The Pajama Game.

Why is it called The Pajama Game? Doris makes PJs but she's underpaid. She leads the workers to revolt and demand a pay raise of 7 1/2 cents an hour. Management refuses. Love ensues. Don't forget the singing, and don't tell poor Doris she's going to get her butt outsourced to Indonesia in about 20 years.

Some of Pajama's tunes are memorable -- most notably the famous "Hernando's Hideaway," which I would never have expected to appear in a movie that takes place in a sweatshop. (Incidentally it's not sung by Day either, but by scene-stealer Carol Haney, who appeared in the original Broadway production.)

Other tunes are memorable but not as iconic, such as the show-ending "I Figured It Out," which has an accountant adding the amount of the raise to determine that, yeah, it might be a good thing for the seamstresses. It's altogether a fun romp, but Day particularly overdoes her schtick and sends the movie too often into self-parody.



The Pajama Game

Facts and Figures

Run time: 101 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 10th December 1957

Production compaines: Warner Bros.

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Fresh: 9 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Katherine 'Babe' Williams, as Sid Sorokin, as Gladys Hotchkiss, Eddie Foy, Jr. as Vernon 'Hinesie' Hines, as Mabel, as Poopsie, Thelma Pelish as Mae, as Prez, Ralph Dunn as Myron Hasler

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