Picnic in pajamas

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German title Picnic in pajamas
Original title The Pajama Game
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1957
length 101/87 (abridged version) minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director George Abbott ,
Stanley Donen
script George Abbott,
Richard Bissell
production George Abbott,
Stanley Donen
music Richard Adler ,
Jerry Ross
camera Harry Stradling Sr.
cut William H. Ziegler

Picnic in Pajamas (original title: The Pajama Game ) is an American film adaptation of the musical of the same name from 1957 with Doris Day in the leading role. The novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell , who was also involved in the creation of the screenplay, served as the literary model for the musical and film . The songs are written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross , while the choreography was done by Bob Fosse .


Sid Sorokin is the new pajama factory manager in Cedar Rapids , Iowa . There he soon falls in love with the pretty worker Babe Williams, whom he gets closer to at a company picnic. Unfortunately, Babe is a member of the workers' union, which is calling for a wage increase of 7½ cents an hour. Since the manager of the factory is unwilling to pay more wages, a wage conflict arises in which Sid and Babe are relentlessly opposed to one another on opposing fronts.

Although the management is putting the workforce under pressure with layoffs, the workers react with strikes and sabotage of production. When Sid discovers that Babe is deliberately taking a machine out of operation, he is forced to fire her. When he finds out, however, that the wage increase was decided months ago by the board of directors and the manager is putting the money in his own pocket, Sid makes sure that the workers finally get their pay rise. When Babe finds out about it, she returns to him.


Almost all of the original cast of the musical The Pajama Game , which ran very successfully on New York's Broadway from 1954, was used for the film . Notable exception was Janis Paige , whose role in the film was played by Doris Day.

The film premiered on August 29, 1957 at New York's Radio City Music Hall . In Germany, Picnic in pajamas was released in cinemas on March 7, 1958. Doris Day was voiced by Ursula Traun in the German dubbed version .

Music and dance numbers

  • The Pajama Game ( Richard Adler / Jerry Ross ): sung by the ensemble
  • Racing With the Clock (Adler / Ross): sung by the ensemble
  • I'm Not At All In Love (Adler / Ross): sung by Doris Day
  • I'll Never Be Jealous Again (Adler / Ross): sung by Eddie Foy Jr. and Reta Shaw
  • Hey There (Adler / Ross): sung by John Raitt and later again by Doris Day
  • Once-A-Year-Day! (Adler / Ross): sung by Doris Day, John Raitt and the ensemble
  • Small Talk (Adler / Ross): sung by Doris Day, John Raitt and the ensemble
  • There Once Was a Man (Adler / Ross): sung by Doris Day and John Raitt
  • Hernando's Hideaway (Adler / Ross): sung and danced by Carol Haney, with John Raitt and the ensemble
  • 7½ cents (Adler / Ross): sung by Jack Straw, Doris Day and the ensemble
  • Steam Heat (Adler / Ross): sung and danced by Carol Haney


Bosley Crowther of the New York Times found the musical to be "as good on screen as it is on stage." It is "fresh, funny, lively and melodic". Basically everything about the film is “great”, including the “happy and strong” colors and Doris Day, who is “just right” as a newcomer. Variety stated that John Raitt had taken the necessary seriousness that his role as operations manager required. Doris Day, who is "always reliable" when singing, played her role even "a bit more believably" than Raitt.

TimeOut London described picnic in pajamas as a "truly happy adaptation of the Broadway musical". The most outstanding thing about the film is "Bob Fosses impressive choreography". The verdict of the lexicon of international films was: "Gags, music and dance in an entertaining Doris Day comedy."


At the 1958 Laurel Awards , John Raitt took third place in the Best Actor in a Musical category. The film was also nominated for Best Musical. Furthermore, given George Abbott and Richard Bissell for their screenplay was nominated for the prize of the Writers Guild of America .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Bosley Crowther : 'Pajama Game' at Music Hall; Stage Hit Re-Created as Tuneful Film . In: The New York Times , August 30, 1957.
  2. Picnic in pajamas. In: synchronkartei.de. German dubbing file , accessed on June 11, 2019 .
  3. “It's as good as it was on the stage […]. It is fresh, funny, lively and tuneful. [...] However, the whole thing is splendid, the color is gay and strong and even Miss Day, the interloper, is right in the spirit of things. " Bosley Crowther : 'Pajama Game' at Music Hall; Stage Hit Re-Created as Tuneful Film . In: The New York Times , August 30, 1957.
  4. ^ "Raitt is properly serious as the earnest factory executive [...]. Day, always authoritative with a song, makes her chore even a shade more believable than Raitt. " See The Pajama Game . In: Variety , 1957.
  5. “A truly joyous screen adaptation of the Broadway musical […]. The real star of the show is arguably Bob Fosse's stunning choreography. " See The Pajama Game on timeout.com
  6. Picnic in pajamas. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed June 11, 2019 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used