jakeem

Actor Tab Hunter (1931-2018)

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I'm not sure if the whole film of The Pajama Game is on YouTube, but some of the musical numbers are. The staging of "There Once Was a Man" is delightful. Of course, that just made me want to see the whole movie on the big screen.

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20 hours ago, CaveGirl said:

I totally see your point, TB that the person's career is overridden by references to Henry Wilson, and you are right that this is a sad thing about their obituaries or commentary on their careers. It would be nice if just their career achievements are discussed and appreciated after their demise.

I will say that Henry Willson, is a topic though to be discussed at a later time, due to his incessant renaming of young male actors with monikers like Rock, Tab, Guy, Ty, Rory and such. Not sure he came up with all of those who were his clients, but I do attribute this type of phony baloney first naming of attractive young males as the forerunner of a type of soap opera character naming or even the silliness of names like Brick, for male characters in Broadway plays and movies. Whether this is a bad thing or a good thing, it all probably comes back to Henry Willson and his affinity for renaming his clients with such wacky nametags, and is still a part of Hollywood legerdemain, in the magic way of a rose is still a rose by another name apparently.

That Henry Willson was allowed to reign - unfettered - for so many years in Hollywood is probably a very accurate indicator of the treatment of beautiful young men in Hollywood.

James Dean broke into the Hollywood firmament by being intimate with a top executive, Rogers Brackett.

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On 7/11/2018 at 1:18 PM, Hibi said:

That may be it. Donen is still living, so his heirs wouldnt be involved. I hadnt realized Donen directed Yankees too. TCM DID show Pajama Game many years ago......

The Pajama Game is/was on Amazon Prime.  I have a copy of it because it was included in a Doris Day boxed set that I purchased.

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14 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

The Pajama Game is/was on Amazon Prime.  I have a copy of it because it was included in a Doris Day boxed set that I purchased.

Nice to know since we're approaching the annual Amazon Prime Day on the 16th.

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So disappointed that "Damn Yankees" isn't part of today's Tab Hunter tribute.  Great movie. Great cast. Great musical!

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3 hours ago, Lizzy5g said:

So disappointed that "Damn Yankees" isn't part of today's Tab Hunter tribute.  Great movie. Great cast. Great musical!

And a rare movie musical that starred Gwen Verdon. Some of her other great Broadway roles went to film stars.

 

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44 minutes ago, jakeem said:

And a rare movie musical that starred Gwen Verdon. Some of her other great Broadway roles went to film stars.

 

Now this was Gwen Verdon's first chance to perform one of her starring Broadway roles on film. She was nominated six times for the Tony award for best actress in a musical. And she won that award four times-- " Damn Yankees " was one of those times.

 Gwen  became the Muse/Star for her choreographer/ husband, Bob Fosse.

Bob Fosse discovered Shirley MacLaine for the Broadway show " Pajama Game ". He hired her to understudy Carol Haney in the "Steam Heat" number.

Fortunately for Shirley, the night that Carol Haney couldn't go on, Paramount producer, Hal Wallis, was in the audience to see her show -stopping Broadway debut. That night Shirley became a Broadway star and got a studio contract too. Then she went to Hollywood and became a movie star in her film debut--Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry".

Ironically Bob Fosse selected his old Broadway understudy, Shirley MacLaine, to star in his directing debut "Sweet Charity.

Ironic also because it was one of the great Broadway successes of Bob Fosse & Gwen Verdon. However, Gwen did not have the box office clout to carry the movie.

Being the Dance Artist that she was and always the eternal disciple of Bob Fosse' choreography, Gwen Verdon came to the set and coached Shirley MacLaine through "The Sweet Charity " dance numbers. Gwen Verdon was truly a dance professional.

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I began to appreciate Ray Walston's versatility the first time I saw him as the diabolical Mr. Applegate in "Damn Yankees!" Before that, I knew him only as "Uncle Martin" in the CBS sitcom "My Favorite Martian."

 

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57 minutes ago, jakeem said:

I began to appreciate Ray Walston's versatility the first time I saw him as the diabolical Mr. Applegate in "Damn Yankees!" Before that, I knew him only as "Uncle Martin" in the CBS sitcom "My Favorite Martian."

 

 This is truly one of the Great Star Turns in the classic Broadway age of the 50s and one of my favorites.

 

 But you haven't lived, until you have seen Jerry Lewis' take on this number at 69 years of age from a Broadway Revival of Damn Yankees in 1995.

Being Jerry Lewis, he, of course, did an excellent rendition of the number.

 However, he also took you through his entire Bell Boy,  Errand Boy, Geisha Boy film personas, along with his personal salute to Vaudeville.  It's a little bit like a summation of his entire career.

  (You can easily find it on YouTube.)

 

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