The turn of the century set musical has honourable precedents and reached a peak of classicism with Meet Me in St Louis. Five years after that came this, a good humoured outing concerning the takeover of a baseball team by Esther Williams, who gets to dunk in a swimming pool which is of course a propos. Sinatra, Kelly and Munshin would be re-teamed 6 months later in On the Town, the classic film musical made on location with young choreographer Stanley Donen. This was Kelly’s idea. Inventive direction by musical master Busby Berkeley adds to the fun of the gambling plot and the play itself.