Picks and Pans Review: New on Video

updated 06/11/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/11/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>DAMN YANKEES Some say Tab Hunter never fit a film role until the campy Polyester. But his aw-shucksy manner made him ideal to play Joe Boyd, a Washington Senators fan who sells his soul so he can be a slugger for the Senators. (The 1958 movie and the show it came from date back to when the team that's now the Minnesota Twins was the Senators.) Gwen Verdon, as the devil's right-hand woman, dances and sings seductively; Bob Fosse choreographed. The score, by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, includes "You've Got to Have Heart," "Whatever Lola Wants" and "Two Lost Souls." (Warner)

PAJAMA GAME Adler, Ross, Fosse and co-directors George Abbott and Stanley Donen also teamed on this 1957 musical set in a pajama factory. Though it had been planned for Patti Page, Doris Day ended up in the lead role that Janis Paige originated on Broadway. Carol Haney dances sinuously, and John Raitt, now best known as Bonnie's dad but a splendid musical performer in his day, is the factory superintendent. The songs include "Hey There," "Hernando's Hideaway" and "Steam Heat." (Warner)

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