Damn Yankees
Damn Yankees (1958)

Damn Yankees is a frothy, faithful adaptation of the 1956 Broadway hit. In an amusing slant on the "Faust" legend, aging baseball fan Joe Boyd (Robert Schafer) is given an opportunity to lead his beloved Washington Senators to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 1958
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

As a cinemusical, Yankees manages to steal home by a wide margin.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Not the equal of Stanley Donen's parallel project, The Pajama Game, but a fine and vigorous film of the Broadway musical nonetheless.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

A lively celebration of baseball as America's pastime set during an era where the game was at its peak.

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Variety Staff

The Damn Yankees team, which ran the score high for three seasons in Broadway's legit ballpark, was reassembled to go to bat in this sparkling film version.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Miss Verdon has the sort of fine, fresh talent that the screen badly needs these days.

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TV Guide

Terrific, Oscar-nominated score by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler is electric.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A musical lumbered with too much plot.

Tony Sloman
Radio Times

The problem lies with Tab Hunter in the difficult leading role: to put it mildly, he lacks pizzazz. There's still a lot of fun to be gleaned, though: Gwen Verdon is a knockout as Lola, and Ray Walston is arguably the definitive movie Devil, Mr Applegate.

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Emanuel Levy

This version of the Broadway hit offers a rare opportunity to see most of the stage performers recreating their roles, plus an early glimpse of the genius of Bob Fosse.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Overbright, overdone version of the stage play. The upcoming remake can only be an improvement.
Walter M.
Hi, my name is Walter and I hate the New York Yankees. [i]Hi Walter![/i] [i][color=red]Go back to Boston, you bum![/color][/i]… More
Alec Barniskis
Deserves more attention for it's unflinching weirdness. Yeah, Tab Hunter is kind of a drag but Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston more than compensate for him.