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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • 1949
  • USA
  • 89 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Busby Berkeley
  • Written by: Harry Tugend, George Wells, Harry Crane
  • Cast: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams

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A sprinkling of MGM magic and the genius of Gene Kelly could transform the corniest of plots into a thing of joy. Set in 1908, Take Me Out to the Ball Game reunites Kelly and Frank Sinatra as star players in an American League baseball team who also happen to have dreams of making it big in vaudeville. Swimming sensation Esther Williams has a rare chance to stay dry as the feisty new owner of the team. The legendary Busby Berkeley was in the director's chair but Kelly and Stanley Donen carried much of the responsibility for the film and for the snap and sparkle of delightful showstoppers like 'The Hat My Father Wore on St Patrick's Day'. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Gene Kelly: Strictly Song and Dance.

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Glasgow Film Festival: Why I love Gene Kelly

3 Feb 2012

Miles Fielder makes a song and dance about the charismatic movie star

For a film lover who hates musicals (this writer), the GFF’s Gene Kelly retrospective ought to be a hard sell. Telling stories through song and dance, Kelly’s forte (the latter of which endeavours earned him a special Oscar in 1951), is anathema to this…

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