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Take Me Out to the Ball Game [VHS] (1949)

Frank Sinatra , Esther Williams , Busby Berkeley  |  Unrated |  VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett, Edward Arnold
  • Directors: Busby Berkeley
  • Writers: Gene Kelly, George Wells, Harry Crane, Harry Tugend, Stanley Donen
  • Producers: Arthur Freed
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: June 30, 1994
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301978366
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are back after starring "Anchors Aweigh", and they're better than ever! Gene Kelly is Eddie O'Brien and Frank Sinatra is Dennis Ryan, two baseball players for the champion team the Wolves, in the off-season they're vaudeville stars. As the baseball season begins to start, the Wolves are horrified to hear that there's a new owner for the team, K.C. Higgins, who's going to 'actively take part in the training'! But as it turns out, the mysterious K.C. Higgins's first name is Katherine (Esther Williams), meaning she's a woman! Womanizer Eddie soon becomes frustrated when the beautiful Katherine doesn't fall for any of his charms, and sparks fly as the two soon become enemies. On the other hand, Dennis begins to fall in love with her but does she return his love? Also starring are Jules Munshin as Nat Goldberg, Eddie and Dennis's best baseball buddy, Betty Garrett as Shirly Delwyn who has her eye on Dennis, and Edward Arnold as Joe Lorgan who is a baseball gambler.
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is certainly one of MGM's musical comedy gems. With all the elements of a good musical, including a great cast, terrific music, fantastic dances, sweet romance, and lots of laughs, this musical is a must-see for musical/comedy fans. The plot is not complicated and in the tradition of MGM musical comedies, the story is fast-paced making the 93 minutes just fly by with snappy dialogue, foot-tapping musical numbers, some good plot twists, and great interactions between the characters.
Though Frank Sinatra and Esther Williams are listed first in the credits, this movie is mostly Gene Kelly's. Besides stealing the film with his charm, energy, and his tap dancing powers, who can't help but fall in love with him?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Strictly U.S.A" September 4, 2004
This is an awesome movie! I think its better than Anchors Aweigh. Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are two baseball players named Eddie O'Brien and Dennis Ryan who play for the Wolves. During the off-season Eddie and Dennis are vaudeville stars. When they return for the baseball season the whole team is horrifed to hear that the new owner K.C. Higgins wants to take an active part in coaching. As it turns out the K in K.C. Higgins happens to stand for Katherine (Esther Williams) so the new owner is a woman. Katherine dosn't fall for womanizer Eddie so the two don't get along at all!! Dennis does fall for her though, but Katherine isn't in love with him. Shirley Delwyn (Betty Garrett) has her eyes on Dennis and she won't give up on him! Also in the cast is Jules Munshin who plays Nat Goldberg, Dennis and Eddie's baseball pal.

This movie has a lot of great music.

The songs include "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Frank and Gene sing this song as their vaudeville act. Also Williams sings this while swimming in the pool.

"Yes, Indeedy" The boys sing this song to the baseball team when they return from their vaudeville act. Its about their love life.

"O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg" Kelly, Sinatra, and Munshin sing this song! One of the best numbers!

"The Right Girl for Me" Sinatra sings this song to Williams.

"It's Fate, Baby" Garrett sings this to Sinatra to prove that they were meant for each other.

"Strictly USA" Probabley the best number everyone sings this at a party.

"Upon St. Patrick's Day" Kelly dances and sings to this great song. He sorta does this Irish gig. Kelly is truly the best dancer there ever was! This is one of the best numbers up there w/ Strictly USA.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Me Out Is A HOME RUN!!! June 13, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This movie isn't just about baseball. It's about so much more! Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly are a great pair that really reveal their true friendship through the camera. This film has great music sung by Esther Williams (yes there's a pool scene. You can't have Esther in a movie without her swimming and singing at least once!), Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Betty Garrett. Is that an all-star cast or what!!! These are the best of the best.
Just like in On The Town, Frank and Gene are looking for women, and when a new one comes to town they both are determined to win her over!
As for a little bit of trivia- Frank Sinatra had no idea how to dance! (You'd never guess that huh?) But for this film, he worked with Gene Kelly for HOURS to get his routines down, because he was determined to make the movie the best it could be.
The movie is also fast-paced. Just when you think about getting bored, another song begins and the storyline progresses. I'm not a big fan of baseball, but this movie is about so much more. It's about loyalty and trust- 2 qualities that are rare these days.
I truly suggest that you get or at least view this classic. They don't make movies like this anymore!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Baseball Film That's Not About Baseball June 5, 2004
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME is a typical MGM musical. Its story is silly at best and almost always implausible, yet somehow as if through some magical action, it works and the viewer believes that what is on the screen could actually happen. This is due to the fact that MGM seems to always have quality in mind. Add to the fact that the actors and actresses had more than looks and appeal, and you almost automatically have a wonderful film.
The plot is rather simple. Eddie O'Brien (played by Gene Kelly) and Dennis Ryan (played by Frank Sinatra) are baseball players by profession, but at heart they are Vaudeville entertainers. Trouble begins when they return to playing ball and learn the team is under new ownership. The owner's name is K.C. Higgins. When Higgins (played by Esther Williams) turns out to be a woman, a battle of the sexes begins. Ryan is set up to fall in love with Higgins, but meets Shirley Delwin, a girl who is both pretty and knows baseball. The two are smitten and Ryan wonders how he will break the news to Higgins. This turns out not to be a problem since Higgins naturally falls in love with Kelly, and in the end, all end up together and happily ever after. Of course the real treasure of this film is not the plot but the wonderful song and dance numbers. Sinatra croons away and Kelly wows the audience with his dance techniques. Of course Esther Williams has a swimming number. The movie ends with the four stars singing and dancing to "Simply America." Its major purpose was probably to promote patriotism and seems set in the 1940's rather than the early 1900's, and in the number Sinatra and Kelly sing of the virtues of great female performers such as Judy Garland and Kathryn Grayson while Williams and Garrett respond by singing the praises of Bing Crosby and Fred Astair. The DVD includes edited portions of the film which are interesting to see.
All in all, the film is both nostalgic and entertaining in MGM's trademark manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gene & Frank at their best!!!
Movies like this are a treasure. Gene dances and Frank croons. What more is there for a great movie. I can't get enough of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love musicals also synchronized swimming with Esther Williams
I so Love musicals, Gene Kelly, Esther Williams, All older movies from 40s also love Tech-n-color. Such uplifting movies and wish t h ey made more like them today
Published 1 month ago by Colette
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Musical for Baseball Fans
Excellent baseball story with top actors of the 40's. Wonderful choreography that won't ever be seen again by Busby Berkeley. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nom de Plume
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank and Gene Together
Another great classic movie at a reasonable price. These two actors are great in this baseball favorite. I highly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by SteveV
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic for an baseball/broadway fan
The duo or Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra is stellar. I can watch this over and over and never get sick of it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RCopple37
4.0 out of 5 stars "Memories are all we have left"
Gene Kelly & Fred Astaire, took a back seat to no one but after watching this musical movie, neither did Frank Sinatra take a back seat to Astaire or Kelly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DIGITALSHOOTER
5.0 out of 5 stars We love it!!
Thank you for the fun. We love musicals. We love Frankie and Gene in this movie. If you love musicals. You will really enjoy this one.
Published 3 months ago by Angelina Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun upbeat classic
No sex, violence, just a good clean, fun Classic movie! Just added to my daughter's Gene Kelley collection. A WOMAN MANAGING A baseball team still not done!
Published 3 months ago by Marcia
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME
Published 4 months ago by Allen G. Moser
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable.
Old fashioned fun movie for a quiet evening at home. Great classic, singing and dancing and base ball - loved it!
Published 5 months ago by Doug Ausmus
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