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Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly's baseball musical Take Me Out to the Ball Game comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer (as it should be for any film made before 1955). The English soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in English or French. The best extra feature on the disc is the inclusion of two musical numbers that were cut from the final film. In addition to three different theatrical trailers, the disc includes notes on the ...
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Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly's baseball musical Take Me Out to the Ball Game comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer (as it should be for any film made before 1955). The English soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in English or French. The best extra feature on the disc is the inclusion of two musical numbers that were cut from the final film. In addition to three different theatrical trailers, the disc includes notes on the two male leads.
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Special Features

Deleted musical numbers "Baby Doll" and "Boys and Girls Like You and Me"; Interactive menus; Notes on Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly; Three theatrical trailers; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Fran├žais
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Coming between Anchors Aweigh and On the Town, Take Me Out to the Ball Game is the least accomplished of the three Frank Sinatra-Gene Kelly pictures, but it's still fun And the setting, at least, is fairly unique for a musical. It also boasts one of the busier plots of any 1940s musical -- and yet it really all adds up to just a series of connected incidents rather than a real story. This is driven home when the picture abruptly (and oddly) ends with a lyric telling the audience "the love scene must be played out/before the final fade-out" and referring to the actors by their real names rather than their character names. Still, it's mostly a fast-paced affair, and the musical sequences pack in plenty of entertainment. There's only one trademark Busby Berkeley production number, "Strictly USA," but "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg," "It's Fate, Baby, It's Fate" and "The Right Girl for Me" are all nicely done. Kelly is cocky and acrobatic, and Sinatra has his reluctant lover routine down pat. Betty Garrett bats home her one-liners like the pro she is, and even Esther Williams comes off well here. The movie also has that great, sometimes-gaudy visual sheen that one expects from an MGM musical. Although he would continue to work sporadically as a choreographer, Berkeley would direct only one more musical.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • UPC: 012569511927
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Harry Allen
Richard Beavers Wolves' Team
The Blackburn Twins Specialty
Jack Boyle
Edward Cassidy Theodore Roosevelt
Edna M. Harris Fan
Hubie Kerns Sr.
Isabel O'Madigan
Eddie Parkes Dr. Winston
Gil Perkins
Frank Scannell Reporter
Almira Sessions
Bob Stephenson
Charles Sullivan
Dick Wessel Umpire
Eddie Cutler
Peter Kooy
Virginia Bates
Dorothy Abbott Dancer
Murray Alper Zalinka
James Burke Policeman
Sally Forrest Dancer
Douglas Fowley Karl
Wilton Graff Nick Donford
Mack Gray Ganster Henchman
Jackie Jackson Child
Si Jenks Sam
Gordon Jones Senator Catcher
Henry Kulky Burly Acrobat
Joi Lansing Girls on Train
Esther Michelson Fisherman's wife
Charles Regan Henchman
Jack Rice Room Clerk
Sol (Saul) Gorss Steve
Technical Credits
Busby Berkeley Director
Peter Ballbusch Special Effects
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Harry Crane Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Adolph Deutsch Musical Direction/Supervision
Stanley Donen Choreography, Original Story
Roger Edens Score Composer
George Folsey Cinematographer
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Gene Kelly Choreography, Original Story
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Blanche Sewell Editor
Harry Tugend Screenwriter
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
George Wells Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits (Take Me Out to the Ball Game, The Right Girl for Me) [2:22]
2. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Duet) [2:47]
3. Sarasota-bound [3:29]
4. Yes Indeedy [3:52]
5. New Owner [1:57]
6. Eddie Meets the Boss [3:00]
7. Batter Battered [2:34]
8. Table Manners [1:54]
9. O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg. [4:48]
10. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Solo) [1:29]
11. Denny the Lothario [2:11]
12. The Right Girl for Me [3:33]
13. Balcony Scene [5:20]
14. Season-opener Slapstick [2:45]
15. Play Brawl! [3:33]
16. Mother Instinct [1:18]
17. It's Fate, Baby, It's Fate [4:22]
18. Strickly USA [4:41]
19. Kinda Mixed Up [3:24]
20. Right in the Kisser. [2:35]
21. The Hat My Father Wore upon St. Patrick's Day [5:52]
22. Show Business Calling [3:23]
23. Eddie's Slump [3:54]
24. Played for Suckers [4:00]
25. "We want O'Brien!" [2:42]
26. Plots Against Eddie [3:00]
27. Medical Attention [2:46]
28. Bottom of the Ninth [2:30]
29. Finale: Strictly USA [2:19]
30. Cast List [:22]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Frank Sinatra- Dennis Ryan
         Gene Kelly- Eddie O'Brien
      Theatrical Trailers: "Anchors Aweigh"
      "On the Town"
      "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
      Deleted Musical Numbers: "Baby Doll"
      "Boys and Girls Like You and Me"
   Languages
      Soundtracks: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Kelly and Sinatra

    If you like baseball and love musicals you will appreciate the adaptation of Chicago's Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance (6-4-3) double play combination. I saw this film for the first time on Turner Movie Classics, after watching it I had to own it.

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