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Take Me Out to the Ball Game (9-Mar-1949)

Director: Busby Berkeley

Writers: Harry Tugend; George Wells; Gene Kelly; Stanley Donen

Music and Lyrics by: Betty Comden; Adolph Green; Roger Edens

Producer: Arthur Freed

Keywords: Musical Comedy, Baseball

Ed O'Brien and Dennis Ryan, the star infielders for turn-of-the-century baseball team The Wolves, perform vaudeville off-season; their lives are disrupted when K. C. Higgins inherits control of the team, and to their dismay she is very interested in actively managing the team. The Higgins role was first intended for Kathryn Grayson, but then given to Judy Garland; when Garland was suffering from depression and alcohol, swimmer Esther Williams was chosen. Second of three Kelly/Sinatra pairings, making good albeit formulaic lightweight fare.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Edward Arnold
18-Feb-1890 26-Apr-1956 You Can't Take It With You
Tom Dugan
1-Jan-1889 7-Mar-1955 To Be or Not to Be
Betty Garrett
23-May-1919 12-Feb-2011 Irene Lorenzo on All in the Family
Gene Kelly
23-Aug-1912 2-Feb-1996 Singin' in the Rain
Jules Munshin
22-Feb-1915 19-Feb-1970 On the Town
Frank Sinatra
12-Dec-1915 14-May-1998 It's Frank's world, we just live in it
Esther Williams
8-Aug-1921 6-Jun-2013 Aquatic thespian of the '40s and '50s


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


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