Michael Sauter
October 22, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Damn Yankees

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Gwen Verdon, Tab Hunter, Ray Walston
director
Stanley Donen, George Abbott
distributor
Warner Bros.
genre
musical

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.

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