So baseball pictures never make money, eh? Try telling that to MGM, which raked in a box office gross of $4 million on their 1949 baseball musical Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Set in 1906, the film concerns the adventures and misadventures of The Wolves, a champion ball club. The team's success is contingent upon the double-play combination of "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg." But while Goldberg (Jules Munshin) lives to play baseball, O'Brien (Gene Kelly) and Ryan (Frank Sinatra) would rather pursue their off-season vaudeville career. Both erstwhile song-and-dance men decide to stick around on the baseball diamond when they mutually fall in love with the Wolves' new owner, the lovely K.C. Higgins (Esther Williams). Though O'Brien wins K.C. for himself, Ryan is compensated with the aggressively affectionate Shirley Delwyn (Betty Garrett). Gambler Joe Lorgan (Edward Arnold), who has bet heavily against the Wolves in an upcoming Big Game, woos O'Brien away from the team with promises of a big role in an upcoming musical comedy. Having let down K.C. and the rest of the team, O'Brien vows to redeem himself by playing in the crucial game. Lorgan gets wind of this, and orders his henchmen to do away with O'Brien. Hoping to shield his buddy from harm, Ryan beans O'Brien with a pitched ball, thereby incapacitating the prodigal player. The crooks are vanquished, and K.C. forgives O'Brien. But upon learning that Ryan had knocked him out, O'Brien charges onto the diamond, thirsting for revenge. Believe it or not, this action results in no fewer than two winning home runs! We offer you this detailed synopsis because it's likely that you'll be too entertained by the film's musical numbers to pay any attention to the story. Outside of the title number and Gene Kelly's solo "The Hat My Father Wore on St. Patrick's Day," the picture's best songs are contributed by Betty Comden, Adolf Green and Roger Edens. Take Me Out to the Ball Game is so delightful as it stands that one can only wonder what the film would have looked like had MGM's first choice Kathryn Grayson--or the studio's second choice, Judy Garland--played the Esther Williams role (In a similar vein, the Frank Sinatra character was originally to have been played by real-life Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher!)
Disc #1 -- Take Me out to the Ball Game 1. 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. Strictly USA [4:41] 19. Kinda Mixed Up [3:24] 20. Right in the Kisser [2:35] 21. The Hat my Father Wore Upon St. Patricks 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]
Disc #1 -- Take Me out to the Ball Game Play Movie Scene Selections Special Features Cast and Crew Frank Sinatra Esther Williams Gene Kelly Betty Garrett Edward Arnold Jules Munshin Dennis Ryan K.C. Higgins Eddie O'Brien Shirley Delwyn Joe Lorgan Nat Goldberg Theatrical Trailers Anchors Aweigh On the Town Take me Out to the Ballgame Deleted Music Numbers "Baby Doll" "Boys and Girls like you and me" Languages Soundtracks: English Subtitles English Français Subtitles: Off
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I saw this film on television and just had to have it on DVD! Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra make an unbeatable pair. I can't wait to see it again when it arrives!
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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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