Doris Day recorded The Pajama Game Soundtrack in June 1957.
Song Listed on the Album:
The Pajama Game
Racing With The Clock
I'm Not At All In Love
I'll Never Be Jealous Again
Once A year Day
There Once Was A Man
7 and Half Cents
Offhand, one might say that a wage strike in a Midwest pajama factory would be one of the most unlikely entertainment that anyone could dream up in a long time, and as usual one would be wrong, for that is what the Pajama Game is all about, and it has become one of the outstanding hits of the decade. Now, on the screen in a breezy translation that benefits no little from the airy precedence of Doris Day, one of the world's major nightingales.
This all began when Richard Bissell translated certain of his own experiences, into a book called 7 and half cents which enjoyed a comfortable stay on the best-seller lists. Then with George Abbott and the song writing team of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, he turned it into a musical, The Pajama Game, which ran for 1,063 consecutive performances in New York with a second company touring for two years. Columbia Records presented the original cast in the best-selling recording of the show and the original book went into paperback.
Clearly a man never to waste an experience, Mr. Bissell wrote a new novel entitled, Say Darling which deals with the translation of the book into a musical. Barely four months later Teh Pajama Game turned up on Broadway again for a springtime run and at last Warner Bros. released the film version.
In addition to the lissome Miss Day, the movie edition of The Pajama Game offers something new, in that the score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross has not been tampered with. No new songs by others composers have been dragged in. John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr. and Reta Shaw is virtually identical and the screenplay and direction were handled by the same practiced hands. This in itself would practically guarantee a dandy time for one and all. Fortunate moviegoers are treated to Doris Day's return to musicals after some wracking ( and highly acclaimed) dramatic parts (Love Me Or Leave Me, Julie, The Man Who Knew Too Much).
Much of the delight of The Pajama Game arises from its'' songs which are full of zest and imagination. The score was the first major work of the young composers who handled lyrics and music jointly and produced at least two major hits, (Hey There and Hernando's Hideaway) along with substantial success in "Small Talk", and "Steam heat". Unhappily the team only had one more chance to demonstrate their abilities in Damn Yankees, for Mr. Ross died shortly after the opening of the production. What Mr. Adler and Mr. Ross did was to inject a few neglected forms back into musical comedy, the polka, the western type song, the soft-shoe number --along with their other inventive compositions to give the show a kind of zippy freshness that had been lacking for some time. Other composers and lyricists had been dishing up plenty of sentiment but had tended to short-change the customers on comedy, and the gustiness of The Pajama Game is a pleasant change.
The merry version of The Pajama Game brings Doris Day back into light-hearted musicals after her deftly tuned characterizations in a pair of thrillers and an outstanding biographical portrait of Ruth Etting. And as good as she was in these parts, it is always a treat to see her cut loose in a bollocking role the might have been written for her. After several years as a vocalist with Les Brown and his Band of Renown, Doris started out on her own at The Little Club in New York in 1947. That same season she was offered a movie contract and made her debut in Romance On The High Seas and has been one of the country's top box-office stars ever since. Her records of course have been consistent best sellers with "It's Magic", "Secret Love", A Guy Is A Guy" and "Whatever Will Be Will Be", the Academy-Award winning song from The Man Who Knew Too Much, all topping the million mark.
Repeating his original role in The Pajama Game is John Raitt, one of Broadway's brightest stars. In addition to radio and television appearances, he has also been seen in Oklahoma, Magdalena, Three Wishes For Jamie, and Carousel in which he created the role of Billy Bigelow.
Another veteran of the original cast of the production is Carol Haney, who became an overnight sensation with her singing, dancing and comedy. Before The Pajama Game she had appeared in nightclubs with Jack Dole's Dancers, and was an assistant to Gene Kelly for five years. Before reporting for the movie she was also seen in a short-lived edition of Ziegfeld Follies.
Eddie Foy Jr. is another from the original cast, one of, "The Seven Little Foys". He got an early start in show business with his famous father and has rarely been absent from the stage since. He had been seen in The Cat and The Fiddle, High Button Shoes and The Red Mill among other hits.
Reta Shaw re-created he original numbers with Eddie Foy Jr. Here, after a long run in the production and several films including Man Afraid. She was also seen on the stage in Picnic, and won may fans during her long run as Aunt Lil in Mr. Peppers on television.
The Pajama Game opened at The St. James Theater on May 13, 1954.
The Pajama Game film opened at Radio City Music Hall on August 30, 1957.
Note: It is difficult to understand why The Pajama Game did not receive any Academy Award nominations that year. It had excellent reviews.
There was no Oscar category for Best Musical Soundtrack, that year. This category was present in previous years and in 1958. There was a category called Sound Recording which included Picnic and Les Girls.
Talking about and listening to Doris Day, the singer.