I really enjoyed this film for the first forty five minutes. It has great musical numbers with Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, and Betty Garrett. As I said in the title, the film starts with great energy, and promises a great plot where a baseball team is owned by a woman, and one of its players falls in love with her. The situations between the carefree O'Brien, played by Kelly, and the new female owner, K.C Higgins, played by Esther Williams, promises a good story. And the musical numbers, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," "Yes, Indeedy," "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg," "The Right Girl for Me," and "It's Fate Baby, It's Fate" are memorable numbers. However, after these first forty-five minutes, the film has a terrible time in developing a plot. The audience may enjoy more scenes with Sinatra singing romantic songs and Kelly doing his tap-dancing routines, which are great by the way, but it will fail to see the great combination of...
Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, need I say more? If you're a fan of the golden days of big screen musicals, how can you not love watching these two croon and hoof it up on the silver screen? Compare it with some of the junk that fills the megaplex theaters these days and it's like comparing night and day, as this was filmed during a time when there were real stars in Hollywood, men and women who could do it all, sing, dance, act, and even throw in a bit of comedy for good measure. Sinatra's performance of Right Girl For Me really harkens back to a different era in songwriting, one which I wish would make a hasty return.
Gene Kelly & Fred Astaire, took a back seat to no one but after watching this musical movie, neither did Frank Sinatra take a back seat to Astaire or Kelly. This was the era of the ending of Burlesque and the beginning of the studio system, in Hollywood, which lasted for more than a few years. This movie is very energetic, as was Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and anyone else in the studio system, since the studio owned them in every regard, they had to perform at the top of their game, every damn day. The movie is entertaining and is in color, which I did not expect, nor did I feel the cinematography would be of any quality. It is simply an entertaining production, for all ages, so, sit back and enjoy.
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