The plot is frivolous and obvious, the acting mostly hammy, and much of the dialogue is outright dumb, but who cares? "The Pajama Game," the 1957 film adaptation of the successful stage musical, has something much more: Richard Adler/Jerry Ross songs and Bob Fosse choreography.
The story is about the workers--led by the feisty Doris Day--at a pajama factory who are fighting management for a 7 1/2-cent raise. But the union battle is complicated by the company's handsome new executive, played by John Raitt. (As an actor, Raitt's a good singer.)
Happily, the movie rarely goes more than a few minutes without a song or a dance. This was the first full film in which Fosse was in charge of the dancing, but his distinctive style is already in evidence: the short, quick movements; the gymnastic crawling and sliding across the floor; the erotic gyration of the hips and rolling of the back. The sizzling highlights of this fast-paced musical are two pieces led by dancer extraordinaire Carol Haney, "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway." Both numbers could easily have fit into Fosse's own, more menacing musicals to come later, "Cabaret" and "All That Jazz."
And, in the more traditional vein, Day and Raitt shine on the love song "Hey There."