Damn Yankees

1958, 111m, 35mm, U.S.

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Screened August 5, 2018

Long-suffering baseball fan Robert Shafer is reincarnated as younger/hunkier player Tab Hunter after making a deal with The Devil, aka Applegate (Ray Walston), so that his team will finally win. Abbott’s brassy hit Broadway musical got the top-of-the-line Warner Bros. treatment with most of his stage troupe encoring, including choreographer Fosse, who mambos onscreen with Gwen Verdon (with whom he became inseparable personally and professionally).

Print courtesy of the UNC Moving Image Archive

A film by George Abbott Stanley Donen