Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)



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Set in 1906, this film concerns the adventures and misadventures of The Wolves, a champion ball club. The team's success is contingent upon the double-play combination of "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg." But while Goldberg lives to play baseball, O'Brien and Ryan would rather pursue their off-season vaudeville career.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Tugend, George Wells, Harry Crane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 19, 2000
MGM Home Entertainment


Frank Sinatra
as Dennis Ryan
Gene Kelly
as Eddie O'Brien
Esther Williams
as K.C. Higgins
Betty Garrett
as Shirley Delwyn
Edward Arnold
as Joe Lorgan
Jules Munshin
as Nat Goldberg
Richard Lane
as Michael Gilhuly
Tom Dugan
as Slappy Burke
Murray Alper
as Zalinka
Wilton Graff
as Nick Donford
Mack Gray
as Henchman
Charles Regan
as Henchman
Eddie Parkes
as Dr. Winston
Ramon Blackburn
as The Blackburn Twins
Royce Blackburn
as The Blackburn Twins
James Burke
as Cop in Park
Gordon Jones
as Sen. Catcher
Jack Bruce
as Wolves' Team
John Burger
as Wolves' Team
Aaron Phillips
as Wolves' Team
Eddie Cutler
as Wolves' Team
Ellsworth Blake
as Wolves' Team
Harry Allen
as Wolves' Team
Hubie Kerns Sr.
as Wolves' Team
Peter Kooy
as Wolves' Team
Robert Simpson
as Wolves' Team
Richard Landry
as Wolves' Team
Jack Boyle
as Wolves' Team
Richard Beavers
as Wolves' Team
Virginia Bates
as Girl on Train
Joi Lansing
as Girl on Train
Mitchell Lewis
as Fisherman
Esther Michaelson
as Fisherman's Wife
Esther Michelson
as Fisherman's wife
Henry Kulky
as Burly Acrobat
Jack Rice
as Room Clerk
Edward Cassidy
as Teddy Roosevelt
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Critic Reviews for Take Me Out to the Ball Game

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

A lazy Technicolored cinemusical aimed squarely and accurately at the summer box office.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

There is no pretense that Ball Game is anything more than a romp for Kelly's virtuosity.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It must be said, too, that Mr. Kelly and his side-kick do right nicely by a brisk thing called "Yes, Indeedy," as well as the title song.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

What matters is the stylish ebullience, and the excellent score by Roger Edens, Adolph Green and Betty Comden.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The plot is typical fluff -- Kelly and Sinatra join Esther Williams's baseball team at the turn of the century -- but the production values are, as always, worth the price of admission.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

While there's not much baseball played here, this is an amiable film, marked by the enjoyable cast and some lively, if not memorable, music.

Full Review… | May 7, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Oh my god Esther Williams is SO annoying, no wonder Gene Kelly was hard on her in rehearsal or whatever. Whenever she's off the screen I breathe a sigh of relief, but then she and Gene Kelly have to get together, and then I just want to die inside.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


Considering the talent both in front of and behind the camera this is a surprisingly bland albeit colorful musical. Everything is bandbox pretty but there is an uninspired air to the whole enterprise. They do manage to get Williams in the pool once even though the theme of the movie is baseball.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This is a very fun and funny romantic musical baseball movie starring Sinatra and Kelly.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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