Take Me Out to the Ball Game (#56)
It’s a good thing I have an unconditional love for Frank Sinatra. While this wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, and not nearly as high quality as many of Gene Kelly’s other pictures, it managed to grow on me and I found the end result to be, though simple and straightforward, entertaining. While it allows both of its male stars to shine, seeing Frank dance next to Gene and Gene duet with Frank clearly reveals that where one excels, the other is only good, and that can make close viewing a little awkward. The script is nothing brilliant - in fact, it’s rather bad at moments - but the charisma of all the leads - even if Gene Kelly is so over the top and offensively annoying that I nearly turned it off within the first half hour - allows it to be a fun - if not particularly amazing - movie. The main reason to watch is to see Frank Sinatra be super awkward with girls (which proves his acting chops as we all know the man was super suave) and to appreciate all the Frank-is-skinny jokes.