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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:
In my opinion one of the better MGM musicals. 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:
Kathryn Grayson was considered for the role of K.C. Higgins.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: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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Soundtrack:
The Right Girl for MeSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
In my opinion one of the better MGM musicals., 8 November 2006
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

There are a couple of reasons why this movie is in my opinion better than the average MGM musical movie.

One is the story. Of course it features a love-story but the movie takes an original approach and takes a couple of nice turns with the love-story. Who is falling in love with who always remains a surprise in the movie.

Another reason is an obvious one; Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Not only are they great genre actors but they're also great together. Especially Kelly delivers one fine performance. The female cast is also impressive by the way, with Esther Williams as the female lead.

Another important reason why this movie is so great is the cheerfulness of the whole movie. The songs are cheerful and never really too sappy or just plain awful. The movie has some great comedy moments and is also definitely helped by its fun main characters.

The movie sort of pays a great homage to the early days of baseball in America. The settings and premise work out fine for the genre and make the otherwise still somewhat formulaic storyline still come across as original.

The production values are also good and everything combined makes sure that this is a good pleasant bright musical comedy that is perfect to kill some time with and have a good time with at the same time.

8/10

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