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The Pajama Game Review


Good
Sleepwear, a labor dispute, and singing come together for maybe the first and only time in film history in the Doris Day vehicle The Pajama Game.

Why is it called The Pajama Game? Doris makes PJs but she's underpaid. She leads the workers to revolt and demand a pay raise of 7 1/2 cents an hour. Management refuses. Love ensues. Don't forget the singing, and don't tell poor Doris she's going to get her butt outsourced to Indonesia in about 20 years.

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Damn Yankees! Review


Good
I like baseball. I love movies, especially musicals. I figured that Damn Yankees! would be my movie version of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. It was more like combining chocolate and a pound of seasoned ground beef.

This 1958 musical, adapted from George Abbott's Broadway hit, presents a baseball fan's ultimate dream. What if you could help your favorite team win the pennant? And what if you got to be the star of that team?

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All Quiet On The Western Front Review


Excellent
You don't have to drag yourself all the way to the '70s to find a solid anti-war movie. One of the best actually dates back to the early days of sound, when World War I was still on people's minds. All Quiet on the Western Front is a masterpiece of the genre, alternating brilliant battle scenes with heartfelt moments of emotion, as one soldier learns firsthand about the horrors of war. He later preaches peace while everyone around him calls him a coward and a traitor. Heavy stuff, especially for 1930.

Boy Meets Girl Review


Very Good
Watch for Ronald Reagan in a small role in this late 1930s screwball comedy that centers around a movie studio, two oddball writers (Cagney and O'Brien), and an unwed mother (Wilson) with her baby Happy. Happy's rise to superstardom is amusing, provided you can keep up with Cagney's mile-a-minute mouth. But Wilson is just plain grating as the ditzy blonde, her voice reaching into octaves meant only for dogs.
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