The Pajama Game

1957 | Musical | 101 minutes | English

Info

Based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical by the same name, the story begins with the arrival of Sid, the newly-hired superintendent of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory. Sid’s unexpected relationship with Babe, a worker in the factory and an active member of the employee union’s leadership, can get messy. The workers are insisting on a raise of seven-and-a-half cents an hour. Sid represent management and Babe represents the workers. Sid fires Babe when she intentionally destroys machinery. Sid now becomes suspicious that the factory manager may be hiding something and convinces an employee to give him the key to the office. Sid discovers that the manager was cooking the books, becomes an advocate for higher wages, and works to win back Babe. Words and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; directed by Stanley Donen and George Abbott; choreography by Bob Fosse.

Cast
John Raitt (Sid) / Doris Day (Babe)
Why Stream This Film?
Simply put, The Pajama Game is heartfelt and warm with a great cast, exuberant choreography, and a tuneful score. Wouldn’t it be something if all labor negotiations were like this one? 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 91%
Accolades
  • Box Office Magazine Awards: Winner, Best Picture
  • Writers Guild of America: Nominated, Best Written American Musical (George Abbott, Richard Bissell)
  • American Film Institute: Nominated, Top 100 Songs (Hey There); Nominee, Greatest Movie Musicals
THE PAJAMA GAME, with much of its original cast intact, virtually defines the word exuberance.

Leonard Maltin's MOVIE GUIDE

If ever a musical comedy has been plucked off the Broadway stage and re-created as a movie with scarcely a passage or a principal performer changed, it is THE PAJAMA GAME which swept like a pack of noisy pickets into the Music Hall yesterday.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

This is a delicious, bright, cheerful film.
David Stratton

At the Movies (Australia)

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