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Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  April 1949 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »

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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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A Homerun Of Laughter, Romance And Fun


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There was no soundtrack album, but three of the stars made commercial discs of a few songs, on MGM Records. Two Gene Kelly-Betty Garrett duets were recorded , "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (music by 'Albert Von Tilzer', lyrics by Jack Norworth), done in a swinging tempo, and "Yes, Indeedy" (music and lyrics by Roger Edens, Betty Comden and Adolph Green). Also, recorded on MGM Records, a Garrett solo, "It's Fate Baby, It's Fate" (music and lyrics by Edens, Comden and Green) and recorded on Columbia Records, Frank Sinatra's charming ballad, "The Right Girl for Me" (music and lyrics by Edens, Comden and Green). See more »

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At the end of the 'Strictly USA' dance number when the dancers start to cheer, a few frames are played in reverse. See more »

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Shirley Delwyn: [to Dennis Ryan] You bad boy, I've got a good notion to take you on my knee.
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The Right Girl for Me
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All it needed was Betty Garrett...
30 December 1999 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

The first half of this movie had its moments, but I didn't particularly enjoy it. It does indeed have many resemblences to On the Town, which came after it, only this time in a baseball field at the turn of the 20th century. The "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg" number was okay, and so was Frank Sinatra (playing a young naif again!) crooning to Esther Williams. But all it really needed was Betty Garrett to come in and give it a big energy boost. Her "Fate" number, sung as she chases Frank around the bleachers, was the first number to really grab my attention, (repeated in a taxi cab in On the Town). Then came the clambake, with "Strictly USA" and Gene Kelly's "St. Patrick's Day" number to keep the energy level up and the nodding-off level down. (By the way, yes, Gene and Stanley Donen were in charge of the musical numbers. Busby Berkley directed the rest of the film.) From then on, it wasn't too bad, especially the clever little vaudeville number at the end, penned by Betty Comden and Adolph Green along with the rest of the songs, (except the title one, of course). So, all the movie needed was Betty Garrett to really get off the ground. Interesting.


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