TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME
1949, Park Circus/MGM, 93 min, USA, Dir: Busby Berkeley

This superbly crafted musical features an all-star team behind the camera - producer Arthur Freed, director Busby Berkeley and choreographer Stanley Donen - as well as in front. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly are baseball players (and off-season vaudeville performers) in 1908 whose team is taken over by a woman (Esther Williams). Costars Jules Munshin and Betty Garrett hit home runs with numbers like “O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg” and “It's Fate, Baby” (the two would soon join Sinatra and Kelly in ON THE TOWN).


THE GANG’S ALL HERE
1943, 20th Century Fox, 103 min, USA, Dir: Busby Berkeley

Alice Faye may get top billing, but this insane Technicolor Busby Berkeley musical is most famous for the chorines holding up giant bananas while Carmen Miranda sings "Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat." As a bonus, Edward Everett Horton, one of Hollywood’s greatest “sissies,” is featured. High camp! Featuring Benny Goodman and the Benny Goodman orchestra.

"By the time Berkeley's chorus girls wave huge phallic bananas in rhythmic waves, you'll swear you're lost in a giant fruit cocktail."
- TV Guide

Peyton Potter: [inspecting lipstick on his handkerchief] Hmm... ketchup?
Mrs. Peyton Potter: No doubt. And from a Brazilian tomato.


Syndicate content