Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 13, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1949
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 15


User Ratings: 4,434
A lazy Technicolored cinemusical aimed squarely and accurately at the summer box office. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Mar 21, 2011
Light-as-air Technicolor comedy in which Kelly and Sinatra star as major league players who can hold their own on the dance floor as well as on the pitch. Full Review
May 24, 2003
Rating: 4/5 -- The American pastime was never more fun.
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Nov 5, 2003
There is no pretense that Ball Game is anything more than a romp for Kelly's virtuosity. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009
Rating: B -- An enjoyable, snappy period baseball musical comedy. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Apr 14, 2009
What matters is the stylish ebullience, and the excellent score by Roger Edens, Adolph Green and Betty Comden.
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Rating: 4/5 -- It's brilliant music, and the comedy is a snap. Full Review
May 19, 2008

Product Description:

Singing, dancing baseball players Dennis Ryan (Frank Sinatra) and Eddie O'Brien (Gene Kelly) find their friendship tested when both fall for the new, female owner of their team (water-ballet diva Esther Williams). Meanwhile, a crooked gambler (Edward Arnold) tries to sabotage the big game by getting O'Brien fired. It all gets resolved with lots of comedy, songs, dances, and baseball action in a colorful, turn-of-the-century setting. (Miss Williams even swims a few laps in the hotel pool.)

Busby Berkeley directed TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME, but left the choreography to Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, thus the dance numbers emphasize Kelly's athletic grace rather than the fluid camerawork that is Berkeley's signature. Berkeley's exuberant affection for early Americana and his unerring knack for zingy comedy are both on full display, however, and frowns are not an option. Songs include: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," "The Hat My Father Wore on St. Patrick's Day," and "Yes, Indeedy."

Plot Synopsis:

When a woman (Esther Williams) inherits their major league baseball club, teammates Dennis Ryan (Frank Sinatra) and Eddie O'Brien (Gene Kelly) are first outraged, then smitten. Soon they are fighting for her affections, and even breaking curfew to woo her. More trouble arises when a crooked gambler (Edward Arnold) tries to sabotage the big game. Of course it's all just a pitch on which director Busby Berkeley nails a big home run of singing, dancing, comedy, and romance.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: April 1949.

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  • UPC: 883929007585
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