Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) & Anchors Aweigh (1945)

2 Jul

anchors-aweighTake Me Out to the Ball Game and Anchors Aweigh (airing as a double feature on TCM July 4 beginning at 1:00 p.m.) are from an era of supremely well-made French pastry movies. They are full of highest quality ingredients and are also absolutely lacking in nutrition.

But maybe not absolutely. These are both screenplays of utter nonsense, but some find value in watching athletes working at their peak. And I am one – but these are my chosen athletes.

ballgameThe physical work of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, the vocals of Frank Sinatra and (household favorite) Kathryn Grayson, the underrated Betty Garrett, the era-ubiquitous Jose Iturbi, Jerry Mouse…they provide me great comfort and great pleasure. They’re exactly as you think they’ll be, and with an éclair, who’s to say that’s a bad thing?

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