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When Major Leaguers Play Themselves: "Manhattan Merry-Go-Round"

4 April 2008 7:38 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Matt Singer

In honor of the start of the 2008 baseball season, will be paying tribute to the national pastime's long relationship with the movies every day this week by giving you everything you'd ever want to know about the odd little quasi-autobiographical ditties in which baseball players have played themselves. Peanuts and crackerjacks not included.

"Manhattan Merry-Go-Round" (1937)

Directed by Charles Reisner

As Himself: Joe DiMaggio

Game Summary: This mostly tepid musical revolves around a bunch of mobsters who take over a record company and then use their muscle to convince a bunch of popular acts to play for them, which precipitates musical performances in the film from Gene Autry, Cab Calloway and Louis Prima, who actually performs on a working merry-go-round planted on the middle of a nightclub dance floor. DiMaggio's in the wrong place at the wrong time; he shows up late to a radio show »

- Matt Singer

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