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Harry Tugend (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
April 1949 (USA) See more »
A Homerun Of Laughter, Romance And Fun
The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Ramon Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer (as The Blackburn Twins)
Royce Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer (as The Blackburn Twins)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
Murray Alper ... Zalinka (uncredited)
Bette Arlen ... Girl in Bathing Suit (uncredited)
Gilbert Barnett ... Kid (uncredited)
Virginia Bates ... Girl on Train (uncredited)
Richard Beavers ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
Ellsworth Blake ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
Jack Boyle ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
Jack Bruce ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
John Burger ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
James Burke ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Teddy Roosevelt (uncredited)
Eddie Cutler ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
Eddie David ... Wolves Mascot (uncredited)
Paul Dunn ... Senators Mascot (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... World Series Umpire (uncredited)

Sally Forrest ... Dancer at Wharf Party (uncredited)

Douglas Fowley ... Karl (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Steve (uncredited)
Wilton Graff ... Nick Donford (uncredited)
Robert Graham ... Kid (uncredited)

Mack Gray ... Gangster Henchman (uncredited)
Edna Harris ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Baseball Game Attendee (uncredited)
Timmy Hawkins ... Kid (uncredited)
Edward Hutson ... Giants Mascot (uncredited)
Jackie Jackson ... Child (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Sam, the Driver (uncredited)
Roberta Johnson ... Girl in Bathing Suit (uncredited)

Gordon Jones ... Senator Catcher (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
Marilyn Kinsley ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Bob Koetler ... Kid (uncredited)
Pete Kooy ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Richard Landry ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)

Joi Lansing ... Girl on Train (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Fisherman (uncredited)
George McDonald ... Kid (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ... Fisherman's Wife (uncredited)
Isabel O'Madigan ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Dr. Winston (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Aaron Phillips ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
Dorothy Pina ... Tumbler (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Gangster Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Room Clerk (uncredited)
Joseph Roach ... Wolves' Player (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Bob Simpson ... Wolves Player (uncredited)
Robert Skelton ... Photographer (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Trainer (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... World Series Spectator (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Reporter With Teddy Roosevelt (uncredited)
Hank Tobias ... Kid (uncredited)
Dolly Walker ... Tumbler (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Umpire (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Baseball Game Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by
Busby Berkeley 
Writing credits
Harry Tugend (screenplay) and
George Wells (screenplay)

Gene Kelly (story) and
Stanley Donen (story)

Harry Crane  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
Original Music by
Roger Edens (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey  (as George Folsey)
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
Art Direction by
Daniel B. Cathcart 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (costumes: women)
Valles (costumes: men)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
Charles H. Schram .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leslie H. Martinson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Henry Grace .... associate set decorator (as Henry W. Grace)
Henry Dane .... carpenter (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
James Z. Flaster .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Jasper Woltz .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Peter Ballbusch .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Bradner .... grip (uncredited)
Robert J. Bronner .... camera operator (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
William W. Spencer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Adolph Deutsch .... musical director
Stanley Donen .... musical numbers staging
Gene Kelly .... musical numbers staging
Robert Tucker .... vocal arranger
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Harry V. Lojewski .... music expert (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Ballbusch .... montage sequences
James Gooch .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Jean Harrison .... stand-in: Betty Garrett (uncredited)
Buster Keaton .... gag consultant (uncredited)
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Jimmy Thompson .... stand-in: Frank Sinatra (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

Frank Sinatra's career was struggling at the time and this was made during a period when the only time he did well at the box office was when paired with Gene Kelly. Two of his previous solo appearances, It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) and The Kissing Bandit (1948) did very poorly at the box office.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Eddie O'Brien:How many times have I told you to pick on somebody your size?
Dennis Ryan:There ain't nobody my size.
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Movie Connections:
O'Brien to Ryan to GoldbergSee more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Cherish it, 21 November 2002
Author: jaykay-10

Was it a mere 50 years ago that every major studio - but particularly MGM - was routinely producing several musical comedies every year? These were "entertainments" in every sense of the word: fast, funny, colorful, escapist. Some were low budget, others were elaborate; some had major stars, others featured lesser talent. There seemed no reason to believe that such an appealing type of picture would not be produced indefinitely. With so many to choose from, we could afford to discriminate between the truly great ones and those, such as "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," which didn't offer the most outstanding scores or scripts. Now, however, they are to be cherished for their very existence and for a style of excellence that neither today's filmmakers nor performers can duplicate. The passing years have transformed more than a few of the second-tier musicals into treasures. By no means artifacts, they are fresh, and enormously appealing. This picture is a prime example.

(Better than remembered: Gene Kelly's comic mugging, Frank Sinatra's dancing, Betty Garrett's energetic high spirits.)

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