Great fun. Freed does it again, seemingly unable to produce a bad musical. Many great moments, including Williams in a rare, nearly water-free role. On The Town edges it out slightly but dont sleep on this one. One of the best of the era. Berkeley's last film as a director. No wonder really, as it lacks all the magic his 30s films had. Sad in that regard, but the stars and numbers on screen make you forget.
Looks like a double, but the naysayers keep flubbing the ball, so now it's an inside-the-park home run. Sinatra and Gene Kelly at their best, plus Esther Williams (!) as manager, love interest, and coach. Dirtier than you remember, with great songs and horrendous baseball. "You bad boy, I've got a good notion to take you on my knee." "You mean over your knee, don't you?" "I know what I mean."