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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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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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La linda dictadora  »

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$1,725,970 (estimated)
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Trivia

The song "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg" (referring to the shortstop/second base/first base double-play) is modeled on a poem titled "Tinker to Evers to Chance" by Franklin P. Adams, referring to the Chicago Cubs infield of 1903-1910. The trio were most popular from their infield and their ability of quickly getting double plays, and some triple plays and ending opposing teams current inning, of batting. See more »

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Theodore Roosevelt is portrayed as throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game. The practice of presidents throwing out the first pitch did not begin until the presidency of William Howard Taft, Roosevelt's successor. See more »

Quotes

Eddie O'Brien: [two girls walk past] Hey, they smiled at us. Let's go talk to them.
Dennis Ryan: We don't even know them.
Eddie O'Brien: But, I feel like talking. I'm a very sociable fellow!
Dennis Ryan: Well, eh, let's go talk to those fellows over there.
Eddie O'Brien: Denny, it ain't the same.
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Referenced in Good Luck Charlie: Take Mel Out to the Ball Game (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Hat My Dear Old Father Wore upon St. Patrick's Day
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Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Sung and Danced by Gene Kelly
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Fun baseball musical with Sinatra, Kelly and Williams
5 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Pleasant turn of the century story of 2 baseball player/vauldevillians (Sinatra and Kelly) whose soft lives are shaken up when go-getter Williams inherits their franchise and takes up an active, controversial, management.

Solid story packed with good jokes and believable, if broad, characterizations. Kelly comes with some very impressive dancing as always, and Sinatra croons some pleasant tunes. Williams and Garrett are great as the boys' love interests -- here many of the good jokes are typified by Sinatra's dry speech on the agressive methods he's used to catch Garrett -- when in fact the audience has seen HIM relentlessly pursued by hellcat Garrett! Good show.... but lacks substance (this would be one of the last musicals not to show the influence of Rodgers and Hammerstein's more highbrow tone).


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