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Damn Yankees (1958) was a Musical - Sports Film directed by Stanley Donen and George Abbott and produced by Stanley Donen, George Abbott, Frederick Brisson, Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince.

Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringRay HeindorfNominated

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Musical Monday: Damn Yankees (1958)

on Oct 15, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Damn Yankees?(1958) ? Musica... Read full article

Damn Yankees! (1958)

By Beatrice on Sep 1, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Damn Yankees! Directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen Written by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop 1958/USA Warner Bros. presents a George Abbott and Stanley Donen Production Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Here is another movie I remember in black-and-white. ?I could still sing along with all ... Read full article

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Mr. Applegate: Have a nice trip?
Lola: Perfect. The plane crashed in Cleveland.
Mr. Applegate: Good. Now about that job in Chicago.
Lola: Just dandy. I got the old boy to embezzle 100,000 dollars and lost it for him at the race track. Then his wife left him and he took to drink. I told him I was through and he jumped out the window... twenty second story.
Mr. Applegate: That's high enough, that's fine.
Lola: I wanna try the Empire State Building on this next one.

Lola: Joe, would you like to take Lola some place tonight?
Joe Hardy: Gee, I - I sure would like to but, uh, you know what Mr. Van Buren would say.
Lola: He'd say you lucky boy.
Joe Hardy: No, no! He'd say it's late. He likes us to get to bed early.
Lola: Any particular place?

Mr. Applegate: Wives! They cause me more trouble than the Methodist church.

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Right after the mambo number, as the male dancer (choreographer Bob Fosse) leaves the stage, the Joe Hardy character shakes the dancer's hand and says, "Great work, Fosse!"
When casting the film Damn Yankees!, the studio was initially interested in pursuing Cyd Charisse as Lola and Cary Grant as Applegate. In the end, Gwen Verdon won the right to recreate her stage role with Ray Walston, the devilish Applegate. Cyd was supposedly unavailable but later played the role on the legit stage.
The stadium used for filming was the old Wrigley Field minor-league park in South Los Angeles. It hosted Major League games for only one season, in 1961, when the new expansion Los Angeles Angels played there. The park was torn down in 1966.
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