Yes, a musical. Do not judge me, I enjoy a good musical now and then, and the musical’s starring Gene Kelly are extremely entertaining and they are primarily going to be what I’ll be reviewing for you all today/this evening.
Kicking off our Gene Kelly movie reviews is Take Me Out To The Ball Game (1949), which also stars Frank Sinatra and Esther Williams. In fact, this was one of the three movies that Frank Sinatra starred in alongside Kelly, the other two being Anchors Aweigh (1945) and Out On the Town (1949).
Eddie O’Brien (Kelly) and Dennis “Denny” Ryan (Sinatra) are two stage performers, but during baseball season are devoted players on the Wolves baseball team. The Wolves are inherited by a woman named K.C. Higgins, who proves that she can hold her own with the boys. The rest of the story is filled with surprise romances, ruthless gamblers, and a whole lotta laughs!
Gene Kelly was one of the people in charge of the musical number staging, and as usual, it was great. If anybody knows anything about Gene Kelly, you know that he is a very energetic performer. Every move that he makes every step that he takes he makes it look flawless and easy (whereas, if someone like me was to try and pull off some of the things he did, I would end up breaking my leg/neck/arm/body). As far as acting goes, he pulls off the womanizing, yet likeable, Eddie.
This is the first musical that I’ve ever seen Frank Sinatra in (I’ve never seen the other two Kelly and Sinatra films) so it was a little weird for me to get used to seeing Sinatra tap dancing around the screen. It was a little strange, however, I thought he was great in this movie. He was very charming and cute as the little guy who picks fights with guys twice his size. And during the dance numbers, he was able to keep up with Kelly.
I don’t really have much to say about Esther Williams except that I enjoyed her performance. I’m not very familiar with her as an actress; however, I have nothing bad to say about her. In fact, I think she won an award for this movie.
This movie is very patriotic. There are two dance sequences that have to do with America and how great it is, not to mention the fact that this entire movie revolves around baseball, America’s pastime, right? The movie is supposed to take place between the years 1901 and 1911 and is supposed to pay homage to the early years of baseball.
If you like laughing, America, Frank Sinatra, musicals, baseball, and Gene Kelly, then you would probably like Take Me Out To The Ball Game.