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Take Me Out To the Ball Game (1949)



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Can you even read that title and not think of it in the cadence of the famous song? No, it did not originate with this musical but decades earlier. But the film captures every bit of the song's joyful exuberance over America's favorite pastime. Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, and Gene Kelly, those stalwarts of MGM musicals, headlined the cast. Sinatra and Kelly have all the chemistry that had together in Anchors Aweigh and On the Town (as they should, given that they play practically the same characters). This film isn't as good as either of those, but Williams and the baseball stuff adds to its charm.