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Director:
Writers:
Harry Tugend (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
April 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Homerun Of Laughter, Romance And Fun
Plot:
The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (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
The Blackburn Twins ... Specialty Dancers
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)
Ramon Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Royce Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer (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 Mae Harris ... 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 ... Fan (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Dr. Winston (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... 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 ... Fan (uncredited)
Bob Simpson ... Wolves Player (uncredited)
Robert Skelton ... Photographer (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... 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)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
The final film directed solely by Busby Berkeley.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Baseball and Vaudeville, 28 September 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Gene Kelly took this idea to Arthur Freed about an original musical which would combine two big loves of his, baseball and the dance. The story would be based on Al Schacht and Nick Altrock who played ball during the regular season as pitcher and catcher and then in the off season toured in vaudeville. So Take Me Out to the Ballgame was born. In fact the song Take Me Out to the Ballgame was written during that era of Theodore Roosevelt.

But instead of a battery, the story revolved around a double play combination of Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin. Right in the same Teddy Roosevelt era the famous double play combination of Tinkers to Evers to Chance was doing great things for the Chicago Cubs. So it seems natural that a nice novelty number of O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg seemed in order for this film.

Vaudeville and baseball are not complete strangers either. During the previous century Michael 'King' Kelly, colorful star catcher and base stealer for the Cubs toured in vaudeville. Rube Marquard the number two pitcher for the New York Giants in the second decade of the last century married musical comedy star Blossom Seeley and toured with her as part of her act before they broke up.

In fact the original idea in Take Me Out to the Ballgame was to have Leo Durocher play the Jules Munshin part. Of course it would have been a lot different role then. Durocher hung out with a lot of show business types, one of his best friends was George Raft. That got him in some trouble, but that's a story for another film.

Kelly and Sinatra essentially play the same roles they did Anchors Aweigh. Sinatra doesn't get as many good numbers as he did in that film, but he does have a very nice ballad, The Right Girl for Me who he thinks might be Esther Williams as he sings it to her. Of course Betty Garrett gets in the picture and she has some different ideas.

Esther Williams was not kind to Gene Kelly in her memoirs. She gets only one brief dip in a pool in a one piece bathing suit that was just being popularized at the time of this film by Annette Kellerman. Of course Esther later played Annette Kellerman in another film. She had a lot of trouble with the dance numbers because as she explained it, the muscles one develops for swimming are not the same as those needed for dance and she was really as she describes cruelly razzed by Kelly and Stanley Donen. She grew to dislike him intensely.

Kelly's best number is The Hat Me Father Wore on St. Patrick's Day, a nice Irish jig number that he does with style. Busby Berkeley directed the film, but the kind of mammoth musical number that typifies his work is only seen in the ensemble song, Strictly USA.

The plot involves some gamblers trying to fix the pennant race against the heavily favored Brooklyn Wolves, Kelly and Sinatra's team. Edward Arnold is the number one fixer. As we well know, gambling and baseball weren't strangers back in the day. Players were hardly paid what they are today and in the days before Kennesaw Mountain Landis became the first Commissioner, fixes were talked of in hushed tones. Kelly gets tricked and tempted.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame, the first good musical film on baseball, a harbinger for Damn Yankees and nice entertainment.

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