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Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | April 1949 (USA)
Two turn-of-the-century baseball players, who work in vaudeville during the off-season, run into trouble with their team's new female owner and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant.

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Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Harry Tugend (screenplay), George Wells (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Dennis Ryan
Esther Williams ... K.C. Higgins
Gene Kelly ... Eddie O'Brien
Betty Garrett ... Shirley Delwyn
Edward Arnold ... Joe Lorgan
Jules Munshin ... Nat Goldberg
Richard Lane ... Michael Gilhuly
Tom Dugan ... Slappy Burke
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Storyline

The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected "fathead" who intends to take an active interest in running the team. But K.C. turns outs to be a beautiful woman who really knows her baseball. Second baseman Dennis Ryan promptly falls in love. But his playboy roommate Eddie O'Brien has his own notions about how to treat the new lady owner and some unsavory gamblers have their own ideas about how to handle Eddie. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La linda dictadora See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,725,970 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although it professes to be based on an original idea by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, this film is an obvious retread of the early MGM musical They Learned About Women (1930), which also depicts two baseball players who moonlight as vaudevillians during the off-season. See more »

Goofs

(around 18 mins) When K.C. Higgins steps into the batting cage to demonstrate the correct batting technique to O'Brien; certain members of the baseball team are watching her. When it cuts immediately to a different shot, the baseball players, as well as the amount, has changed. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Ryan: That's a great big moon, ain't it?
K.C. Higgins: Yes, it certainly is. It's a lovely moon.
Dennis Ryan: How's that?
K.C. Higgins: I said it's a lovely moon.
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Soundtracks

Strictly U.S.A.
(uncredited)
Written by Roger Edens
Performed by Betty Garrett, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams and Gene Kelly
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In my opinion one of the better MGM musicals.
8 November 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

There are a couple of reasons why this movie is in my opinion better than the average MGM musical movie.

One is the story. Of course it features a love-story but the movie takes an original approach and takes a couple of nice turns with the love-story. Who is falling in love with who always remains a surprise in the movie.

Another reason is an obvious one; Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Not only are they great genre actors but they're also great together. Especially Kelly delivers one fine performance. The female cast is also impressive by the way, with Esther Williams as the female lead.

Another important reason why this movie is so great is the cheerfulness of the whole movie. The songs are cheerful and never really too sappy or just plain awful. The movie has some great comedy moments and is also definitely helped by its fun main characters.

The movie sort of pays a great homage to the early days of baseball in America. The settings and premise work out fine for the genre and make the otherwise still somewhat formulaic storyline still come across as original.

The production values are also good and everything combined makes sure that this is a good pleasant bright musical comedy that is perfect to kill some time with and have a good time with at the same time.

8/10

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