- Current Status
- In Season
- Gwen Verdon, Tab Hunter, Ray Walston
- Stanley Donen, George Abbott
- Warner Bros.
We gave it a B-
The plotline is older than dirt: Die-hard baseball fan sells his soul to the devil (Ray Walston) to become a young phenom (Tab Hunter) who helps his beloved Washington Senators win the pennant. Along the way, it’s hard not to fast-forward past stuff like teammates shuffling across the clubhouse singing ”We’ve got heart/All you really need is heart.” But there are still reasons to revisit this musty old treasure: like Gwen Verdon singing — but, more importantly, slinking — her way through ”Whatever Lola Wants”; dueting with the movie’s choreographer, future husband Bob Fosse, for the mambo number ”Who’s Got the Pain?”; and belting out the saloon song ”Two Lost Souls,” which drunkenly erupts into a glorious ensemble number, full of sexy Fosse moves. Now that’s dancing!
EXTRAS Not much to write about here — except the campily corny original theatrical trailer for the movie.