I recently watched the damn fine miniseries Fosse/Verdon, with outstanding performances from Sam Rockwell and, particularly, Michelle Williams. Damn Yankees is the only film that features the Broadway legends (that's Fosse/Verdon, not Rockwell/Williams) performing together. And what a curious film. The script is weak and the direction is flat, with mostly unmemorable performances and merely standard songs.
But then in struts Gwen Verdon as Lola. And the angular awesomeness of Bob Fosse's choreography is unleashed on four of the numbers. And we have an utterly different beast, a dragon that breathes fire into proceedings, before being doused by the uninspired hands of George Abbott and Stanley Donen.
A musical must-see though for Gwen. And Bob. And the adorable Tab Hunter, who holds his own very well alongside the original Broadway cast into which he was parachuted.