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

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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 »
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:I've been behaving like an idiot, haven't I?
K.C. Higgins:Yes, you have.
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Sinatra & Kelly--They're 'Strictly USA!', 23 October 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

In TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME, Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly play Dennis Ryan and Eddie O'Brien, two best pals who work the vaudeville circuit during the baseball off-season, but play with the Wolves club in the summer, together with their peripheral sidekick Nat Goldberg (Jules Munshin). The arrival of their new manager, however, Ms K.C. (Katherine Catherine, if you please!) Higgins (Esther Williams), annoys the heck out of man-about-town Eddie but charms the socks off girl-shy Denny. It's pretty evident before long, however, that Katherine and Denny are falling in love, just as the oh-so-timid Shirley Delwyn (Betty Garrett) sets her sights on skinny runt Denny and refuses to take no for an answer until he gives in to her. But before the guys can really get their girls, Eddie becomes embroiled in a scam perpetuated by Joe Lorgan (played by everyone's favourite grouch/bad guy Edward Arnold), who wants to take the surewin Wolves out so that he can win big by betting against them. Can Denny still get out there and play in the final match to win the pennant for Ms Higgins' Wolves?

The answer, of course, isn't important (although it's pretty obvious!), but it's rousingly given, with a healthy dose of song and dance. The Sinatra/Kelly duo are on fine, seasoned form in the universally-known title song--perhaps their best song-and-dance collaboration out of all the three films, since one gets the distinct impression in the other numbers that Kelly is playing down to Sinatra's rather limited dancing abilities. In this number, one gets no such feeling--Sinatra more than holds his own and is almost as light on his feet as Kelly (a formidable feat for an amateur!). There's also the mandatory 'boasting about girls' number, 'Yes Indeed', and the triple act with Munshin ('O'Brien To Ryan To Goldberg') that gives a hint of why Munshin is retained for a beefed-up role in the Sinatra/Kelly film to follow this one, ON THE TOWN. We even get a Sinatra solo, with him crooning 'She's The Right Girl For Me' to Williams; and a Kelly dance number to 'It's The Hat My Dear Old Father Wore On St Patrick's Day'. However entertaining the above numbers are, honours for Best Number must be unreservedly reserved for Betty Garrett's earnest rendition of 'It's Fate, Baby'--her energy simply bounces off the screen as her Shirley chases Sinatra's Denny up, down and around the bleachers. The movements are simple but tightly-choreographed, and with Garrett's enthusiasm firing the whole enterprise, becomes the most memorable musical man-chase in film history. It's pretty obvious why Garrett was asked to reprise her man-hungry duties in ON THE TOWN--she's just so damn good at it! If possible, try also to watch the deleted musical out-takes, Kelly and Williams' 'Baby Doll' (one quickly understands why it was cut), and Sinatra's serenading of Garrett 'Boys and Girls Like You And Me'. Even though the right call was made in cutting them, they're both still great fun to watch.

Just about the only problem I can find with TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME, however, is the fact that, having seen all the Sinatra/Kelly collaborations, one gets the distinct feeling that this film is just filler for what is yet to come. It even inherits the basic plot of ANCHORS AWEIGH, having the innocent Sinatra character fall for a girl obviously meant for the worldly Kelly character before finding his own brassy gal. (This is finally discarded in ON THE TOWN, although the innocence of Sinatra's character and the worldliness of Kelly's character remain.) There are no surefire hits here--Sinatra's ballads don't compare to his songs 'I Fall In Love Too Easily' and 'Why Does The Sun Set?' in ANCHORS AWEIGH, or 'You're Awful' in ON THE TOWN. Similarly, however hard Kelly tries, his solo dance number just doesn't have that same magic he lends to most of his dances. A lot of the time it's Kelly's innovative dance sequences that rise above the film in which they're contained (see COVER GIRL, ANCHORS AWEIGH, etc. etc.); in this one, it seems submerged. It's good, but not amazing; amusing, but not particularly inventive. TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME is like the shift back to neutral gear between ANCHORS AWEIGH and ON THE TOWN--a break between the innovation and joy that suffuses the other two projects (even though the final effect is somewhat botched in ANCHORS AWEIGH). In other words, it's good enough entertainment, and certainly a film I wouldn't mind watching again. But with the calibre of talent present in this film, from Kelly to Sinatra to Garrett to Stanley Donen and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, you'd expect something... well, *better*. (Which you *do* get... a year later, in ON THE TOWN.)

As a standalone film, without the perspective of its being a test run for the next vehicle in the Sinatra/Kelly oeuvre, TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME is undeniably pleasant entertainment... and unabashedly patriotic at that. It celebrates two of the greatest, truly American institutions--vaudeville and baseball. And as the song 'Strictly USA' proudly proclaims, that's something well worth celebrating--along with its two lead actors, both themselves American treasures and legends. In fact, watch the film for them. They're both as charming and funny as ever, with Sinatra taking pratfalls in Denny's misguided belief that he's a tough guy, and Kelly hamming it up a lot more than usual, but still giving off that charm that's simply unique to him. The plot's not much, and even the songs and dances aren't all that memorable (excepting Garrett's 'It's Fate, Baby' and the final tongue-in-cheek reprise of 'Strictly USA'), but it's still colourful, vibrant, and funny... the way all MGM musicals are. It's a fun night out at the movies, with a few old friends you know and love... you couldn't really ask for more than that!

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