The second of three pairings with Gene Kelly (sandwiched between their sailors-on-leave classics Anchors Aweigh and On the Town), Take Me Out to the Ball Game is an unheralded gem from MGM’s peerless Arthur Freed unit. A turn-of-the-century musical conceived by Kelly, who wanted to honor the early days of baseball, the film boasts tuneful Comden and Green/Roger Edens songs including “It’s Fate, Baby, It’s Fate” and “The Right Girl for Me”—the latter memorably performed by Sinatra. Featuring a rare dry-land performance by Esther Williams, Take Me Out to the Ball Game is as buoyant and seemingly effortless a romp as you’d expect from its director, the legendary Busby Berkeley.

  • Directed By Busby Berkeley
  • 1949
  • USA
  • 35mm
  • 93 minutes