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Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | April 1949 (USA)
Two turn-of-the-century baseball players, who work in vaudeville during the off-season, run into trouble with their team's new female owner and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dennis Ryan
... K.C. Higgins
... Eddie O'Brien
... Shirley Delwyn
... Joe Lorgan
... Nat Goldberg
... Michael Gilhuly
... Slappy Burke
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The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected "fathead" who intends to take an active interest in running the team. But K.C. turns outs to be a beautiful woman who really knows her baseball. Second baseman Dennis Ryan promptly falls in love. But his playboy roommate Eddie O'Brien has his own notions about how to treat the new lady owner and some unsavory gamblers have their own ideas about how to handle Eddie. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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La linda dictadora  »

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$1,725,970 (estimated)
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Director Busby Berkeley came up with an imaginative swimming number for Esther Williams and Gene Kelly but Kelly didn't want it in the movie. So instead they did "The Baby Doll" number. Eventually the "Baby Doll" number was taken out of the final film. See more »

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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 »

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K.C. Higgins: [singing] Cause it's one, two, three strikes, you're out, At the old ball game...
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Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

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The Hat My Dear Old Father Wore upon St. Patrick's Day
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Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Sung and Danced by Gene Kelly
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In my opinion one of the better MGM musicals.
8 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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