When it was released in 1957, The Pajama Game joined a long procession of song and dance Movies that grabbed us all who watched them with their energy, vitality and infectious romance. Doris Day bounces and radiates her way across the screen as only she can and has done many times previously in musicals, singing, dancing and looking great, teaming up this time with some of the cast from the Broadway Production, Eddie Foy Jnr., Carol Haney, Rita Shaw and John Raitt. As you would expect from this array of talent something special would arrive, and it didn’t take long for us to taste it. In the opening minutes we are treated to one of Choreographer Bob Fosse’s routines with Eddie Foy Jnr. and Rita Shaw singing and stepping to ’I’ll never get jealous again ’ and as the show moves on more memorable sequences appear like Carol Haney dancing to ’ Steam Heat,’ Doris Day singing ’ Seven and a Half cents ’ and everyone it seems giving a rousing rendition of ’ Hernando’s Hideaway.’ The Pajama Game is alive with Fifties colour, vigour and good old fashioned song and dance, put together by ideas and talent that perhaps in those days we had the chance to take it all for granted. Sadly…..these days, with the absence of musicals we don’t have that opportunity. —IMDb.com
Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer hailed by David Quinlan as “the King of the Hollywood musicals”. His most famous work is Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which he co-directed with Gene Kelly.
Donen started at Metro Goldwyn Mayer as a choreographer and dancer in Best Foot Forward (1943) with Lucille Ball. Donen appeared with Kelly in Cover Girl (1944) for Columbia Pictures, for which Donen also directed a sequence of Kelly dancing with his double on a darkened Manhattan street. His first chance to direct an entire movie was an adaptation of the Comden and Green musical about sailors on leave in New York City, On the Town (1949), with some songs by Leonard Bernstein, which Donen co-directed with Gene Kelly. This was the first movie musical to be filmed on location.
With Kelly again, Donen co-directed Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and by himself directed such classics as Royal Wedding (1951), where Donen directed Fred Astaire dancing… read more
Falls into the same trap a lot of old musicals do in that the song and dance numbers are fun, but the plot behind them is virtually non-existent. Worse than that are the two lead characters, who I found unlikeable. The romance had no chemistry and felt extremely forced. It does get better as it goes along and more characters come into play. Really enjoyed some of the musical numbers, but overall a resounding "meh."
This print is so bad it's unwatchable. Come on MUBI, you need to do better than this.