CATEGORIES Movie NewsNext month, "A League of Their Own," celebrates its 20th (!) anniversary. The consummate female baseball flick --which stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell and Jon Lovitz -- follows two sisters (Davis and Petty) who join the first female professional baseball league.
The 1992 film, directed by Penny Marshall, quickly became a critical and commercial success. However, while "A League of Their Own" certainly dedicates a lot of screen time to the great American pastime, some of the movie's most memorable scenes happened off the field. Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh), the team's homely star hitter, came out of her shell when the girls broke out of their lodgings -- poisoning poor Miss Cuthbert -- and drunkenly sang "It Had To Be You" at the local bar, The Suds Bucket.
While you, diehard "LOTO" fan, may do your own rendition of Marla's performance -- ("I'm singing to Nelson!") -- at karaoke bars and the like, now you can visit The Peaches' old haunt: FitzGeralds, in Berwyn, Illinois.
Location as Character: In the film, The Peaches spent a great deal of time on the road, traveling to various games. At one point, the girls decided to break out for a little good-time romp at the local watering hole, which was called The Suds Bucket. And it's a party for the whole team -- Mae (Madonna) and Doris (O'Donnell) showed off their impressive swing dancing; Kit found a handsome fella; and some kid hit on Dottie -- but Marla showed them all up with her smokey rendition of the Frank Sinatra hit in the middle of the club.
Fun Fact: FitzGeralds was forced to close down for three weeks to shoot the 5-minute sequence. The bar continues to show off the stage backdrop, which was painted for the production.
Directions: By car from O'Hare Airport (approximately 18.4 miles): Take Highway 294 east to Highway 290 to Harlem Ave. Turn right on Harlem. Turn left on Roosevelt Road. FitzGerald's is on the right.
Visitor Info: FitzGerald's is open 6 days a week, (closed on Mondays) for more information, head over to their website.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Suds Bucket was shot at the Hornville Tavern. It has since been updated and we regret the error.
This is part of the newly relaunched series, On the Scene, where we take a look at famous movie locations around the world.