Review: ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’

Take Me Out to the Ball Game, backgrounded by an early-day baseball yarn, is short on story, but has some amusing moments - and Gene Kelly.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game, backgrounded by an early-day baseball yarn, is short on story, but has some amusing moments – and Gene Kelly.

Aided by Technicolor, Esther Williams is an eyeful, and Frank Sinatra cavorts pleasantly as shortstop Kelly’s second baseman. Jules Munshin and Betty Garrett are the comedy relief, and the overall combination of talents is actually worthier of better material.

The yarn [by Kelly and Stanley Donen, who both staged the musical numbers] is about a couple of singing-dancing major league ball-players and the complications in which they become involved when they meet some gamblers and Williams, owner of the club. There is no pretense that Ball Game is anything more than a romp for Kelly’s virtuosity.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Production

M-G-M. Director Busby Berkeley; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Harry Tugend, George Wells; Camera George Folsey; Editor Blanche Sewell; Music Adolph Deutsch (dir.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Daniel B. Cathcart

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Frank Sinatra Esther Williams Gene Kelly Betty Garrett Edward Arnold Jules Munshin

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