Fine folk of Jazzhandia, this week we wrap up DAMN YANKEES with part two of our episode. Part two is pretty much all Gwen-love.
Gwen was Jack Cole’s star dancer who – like Fosse – gave up on being a movie star and headed to Broadway where she made a big splash almost instantly.
DAMN YANKEES was her first starring role, and it’s a doozy! Lola is arguably the best character in the show, played with heart and depth by our favorite sassy redhead.
This movie would be Gwen’s only major film role, and the only time she and Fosse would dance together on film.
Take a listen!
Damn Yankees (1958)
Rating: 7.1/10 (2,546 votes)
Director: George Abbott, Stanley Donen
Writer: George Abbott (screenplay by), George Abbott (based upon the play "Damn Yankees" book by), Douglass Wallop (based upon the play "Damn Yankees" book by), Douglass Wallop (from novel "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant")
Stars: Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston, Russ Brown
Runtime: 111 min
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance, Sport
Released: 06 Mar 1959
Plot: A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the league pennant.