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The Pajama Game DVD Review


“The Pajama Game” hasn’t aged particularly well.

Directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen (“Singin’ In The Rain”) and based on the novel and stage musical, “The Pajama Game” is a 1957 musical about the workers of a pajama factory wanting a 7 ½ cent raise. At its core though it’s a largely romantic tale about Babe (a member of the grievance committee) and Sid (the new superintendent) and how their individual jobs interfere with their love life amidst the workplace drama.

“The Pajama Game” was one of the late Doris Day’s most well known vehicles and it’s easy to see why. There’s a lot to admire about this musical ala Bob Fosse’s stunning choreography (the clear MVP of the entire production), the colorful sets, lighting, and costumes, the catchy tunes like “Racing With The Clock,” ‘Once A Year,” and “7 ½ cents,” and a fine performance from Doris Day herself. However, looking at the film today, it doesn’t quite hold up as a whole.

There are several instances where “The Pajama Game” is downright unnerving. The romance between Babe and Sid is rather icky and creepy as there’s a strong sense of sexual harassment from Sid. It’s tough to buy into their romance because of Sid’s stalker like actions. Equally unsettling is the character of Vernon who literally throws knives at employees. Yes, you read that right.

The script by George Abbott and Richard Bissell also feels undercooked. So much of the movie flounders as it takes its sweet time getting to the third act. In the middle, you’re stuck with a company picnic scene, far too many scenes with the Gladys character, and Babe’s dad rambling about stamps. Basically, there’s a lot of filler here.

Note: If you’re interested in picking this title up, head on over to wb.com/warnerarchive


Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The colorful musical looks sharp in standard definition. Perhaps there will be a Blu-ray release next?

Audio: Dolby Digital Mono. How does it sound? An all-around lively Mono track.

* “The Pajama Game” trailer
* A deleted song titled “The Man Who Invented Love.”
* Text features for the cast and crew credits as well as facts about “The Pajama Party.”

June 24, 2019 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. A number of these films don’t look so hot in 2019; sexual harassments seems to be quite a joke back in the 1960’s…worth looking at these films now as a time-capsule of what went on…thanks for this review!

    Comment by tensecondsfromnow | June 25, 2019 | Reply

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