Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Busby Berkeley (1949)

89min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This wonderful MGM musical has super songs, ravishing Technicolor and extraordinary talent both behind and in front of the camera. The movie is enchanting, not just for Gene Kelly's great all-stops-out Irish solo and the fabulous trio of Kelly, Frank Sinatra and the underrated Jules Munshin, but also for a delightfully no-nonsense Esther Williams as the girl who inherits a baseball team. It's really a practice run for On the Town and, eventually, the great Singin' in the Rain, with star Kelly and director Stanley Donen providing the original story, and taking over both choreography and some directing chores from Busby Berkeley (who was unwell at the time), thus continuing the great cinematic tradition of choreographers turning to direction.

Summary

Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra head the cast of this exceptional Busby Berkeley musical about a woman who takes over the running of a baseball team, much to the players' horror. With Esther Williams, Betty Garrett, Jules Munshin and Edward Arnold.

Cast & Crew

Dennis Ryan Frank Sinatra
KC Higgins Esther Williams
Eddie O'Brien Gene Kelly
Shirley Delwyn Betty Garrett
Joe Lorgan Edward Arnold
Nat Goldberg Jules Munshin
Michael Gilhuly Richard Lane
Slappy Burke Tom Dugan (1)
Zalinka Murray Alper
Nick Donford Wilton Graff
Director Busby Berkeley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video
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