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This movie I believe is one of Hollywood's lost Treasures. The movie centers on a middle age man(Joe )who loves his baseball team (the Senators)But laments about their inability to beat other teams namely the Yankees. He makes a deal with the devil to transform him to his youth and is given outstanding skills which get him a tryout with the senators baseball team . Once tested by the team he shines and is quickly put into the line up then the team flourishes and starts to win and climb the standings. The devil played by (Ray Walston) gave Joe the option to get out of the deal he made by the deadline which happen to be the end of the season. The devil regrets giving him that option sends for Lola his top home wrecker To temp Joe to stay with her and not exercise the back out option. Joe resists ever attempt by Lola Played by (Gwen Verdon) Who dances and sings to Test Joe's Loyalty to his wife which he left for his chance at the big league. This Is a very fun movie to watch if you like musicals .Tab Hunter plays the youthful Joe known as" Shoeless Joe from Hanible MO "Jean Stapleton"Edith Bunker" Also has a small role as Fanclub member.
I love this movie!! Gwen Verdon is amazing, and makes every move look effortless. She and Bob Fosse, husband and wife in real life, work so well together.
Ray Walston is a hoot as the devil, and his wry sense of humor comes through brilliantly. For those of you too young to remember, he was outstanding in South Pacific as Luther as well, and later on TV in My Favorite Martian.
Tab Hunter is a surprisingly good choice for the role, and is well suited to the good looking, naive character of "Shoeless Joe".
The rest of the cast is a delight, including a younger Jean Stapleton who would later make us laugh again as Edith on Archie Bunker.
The choreography by Bob Fosse is, in my opinion and that of most "old hoofers", the best, and his unique approach to the dance is and always will be an "original". I highly recommend anything choreographed by his genius, seen in Sweet Charity and others later in his short career.
A unique plot centered around baseball, makes it a grand movie for the whole family. Filled with humor, great music, dancing and acting.
This is a classic musical about baseball set in the late 1950s when the Yankees used to win the pennant almost every year. Fun choreography by Bob Fosse and a superb musical score are the highlights in a story of a man selling his soul to the devil for the chance to be a baseball star and beat the Yankees. Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston star in this timeless classic.
The movie was produced after the musical play ran on Broadway for many years. The musical is one of my favorites. Ray Walston ( you will remember him from the television sit com My Favorite Martian where he played Uncle Martin in the late 1950s or 1960s ) makes the "perfect" devil trying to procure souls for Hell. I never knew he could sing so well. Tab Hunter gave an adequate performance. Gwen Verdon, playing the character Lola, can really dance wonderfully. For anybody who likes Broadway musical theater type programs, I would recommend the DVD. The one I purchased through e-Bay was brand new with the cello wrap still intact. The colors and sound were perfect.
This movie is an all time favorite of mine about America's favorite passtime sport of Baseball. It also breathes a warning to be careful, you just might get what you wish for, but at what price? It is a great rendition of the Broadway play of the same name. Ray Walston, Gwen Virdon and Tab Hunter add so much fun to the movie, especially when Ray sings, "Those were the good old days!", you just cannot help but to enjoy the movie. I am not a fan of musicals but this musical is one of the few, that I will sit down and watch from beginning to end.