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Director:
Writers:
Harry Tugend (screenplay) and
George Wells (screenplay) ...
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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 »
User Reviews:
A Pleasure and Another Kelly-Sinatra Home-run See more (31 total) »

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:
Ramon Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer (as The Blackburn Twins)
Royce Blackburn ... Specialty Dancer (as The Blackburn Twins)

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 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)

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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Ryan and O'Brien are performing their Vaudeville act they sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" which was written in 1908 but they sing the version with the re-written lyrics done in 1927. This film take place circa 1910.See more »
Quotes:
Eddie O'Brien:Oh, Miss Higgins! You're the prettiest manager in baseball.
K.C. Higgins:You're certainly the prettiest shortstop.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Right Girl for MeSee more »

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A Pleasure and Another Kelly-Sinatra Home-run, 25 July 2010
Author: Jay Raskin from Orlando, United States

Busby Berkeley is known as Hollywood's greatest choreographer. I'm not sure if many people know that he was a film director as well. This was the last movie he directed and it demonstrates that he was quite good at that craft as well.

This may be considered the least of the three Sinatra-Kelley collaborations. It is a notch beneath "Anchors Away," and "On the Town," but that's like saying, Da Vinci's "Woman with Ermine," us bit as good as his "Mona Lisa" or "Last Supper." It is still a great entertainment and still lots of fun to watch for musical fans.

Sinatra is charming and has great chemistry with Gene Kelley. While never a great actor, Sinatra was effective when he was young and didn't stray far from his awkward adolescent personality. In the late 50's and 60's, his personality changed and he became cynical, losing the sweet innocence that his 40's and early 50's movies captured.

Kelley is pure charm. He is very close to Frederick March in his naturalness and his dancing is delightful as usual.

Ether Williams may have had an unpleasant time making the film according to reports, but she doesn't show it. She doesn't stand out, but she is competent and holds her own. Edward Arnold, the bad manipulator from "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," plays essentially the same role here quite efficiently.

Betty Garrett does not appear until half way into the movie and manages to equal Sinatra, Kelley, and Williams. It is a great star making performance, repeated in "On the Tow," later that year. It is a sad thing that she was blacklisted the following year because her husband had been a member of the communist party. Except for one role in "My Sister, Eileen," she did not work for a whole decade in films. The best revenge was perhaps the fact that she was the only actor to appear as a regular cast member in the two #1 situation comedies on American television in the 1970's, "All in the Family," and "Happy Days." Her film career lasted for 60 years, a longer career than any of the bastards who blacklisted her.

This is a bright, colorful, cheerful movie about Turn of the 19th Century Baseball and Vaudeville. The technical credits are Hollywood at its best. It is mostly worth seeing to bask in the glow of its four stars who were all young, full of energy and exciting to see.

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