The "true story" of baseball great Babe Ruth; Ruth plays himself.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Babe (as George Herman 'Babe' Ruth)
Ruth Taylor ...
Mildred Tobin
William Sheer ...
Harry Knight
Margaret Seddon ...
Babe's Mother
Frances Victory ...
Simon Tobin
John Tobin (as Ralph Harolds)
Charles Byer ...
David Talmadge (as Charles Burt)
George Halpin ...
Doc Hedges / The Constable / Dog Catcher
William J. Gross ...
Eliar Lott
Walter Lawrence ...
Tony Marino
Mrs. Tony Marino (as Anne Brodie)
Almira Worters
Sammy Blum ...
Jimbo Jones (as Sam Blum)
Ethel Kerwin ...
Kitty Wilson


Fictional story of a country boy who can't get the hang of playing baseball and is the butt of jokes in his small town. But one day he gets mad and knocks a towering home run. Suddenly he is off and running to fame in the big leagues. When he returns to his home town, everyone sees that he is the same loveable fellow he was before. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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19 September 1920 (USA)  »

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Ironically, this film was partially financed by gambler Abe Attell, a gambler who had helped Arnold Rothstein fix the 1919 World Series. Babe Ruth, the star of the film, has always been credited with saving baseball after the 1919 Black Sox scandal. See more »


Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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The Babe Ruth Story
7 October 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although the real force of his personality does not come across on screen until the movies could talk, Babe Ruth made a screen debut in this amiable film, purportedly about his life in the small town of Haverlock until him making good with what was his new team in 1920, the New York Yankees.

In fact Babe Ruth grew up on the mean streets of Baltimore where his dad ran a tavern and the family lived on the premises. It's a stone's throw from the Baltimore Orioles new ballpark at the old Camden Rail Yards and the building is a tourist attraction. He had hardly the idyllic small town boyhood we see here.

In fact when his autobiography became a film starring William Bendix as the Babe, with all of that film's weaknesses it does hit more of the real story than Heading Home.

It wasn't uncommon for many sports personalities of the time to make a few extra bucks appearing in films. Those were not the days of multi- million dollar contracts and while Babe became the highest paid baseball player of his day eventually with $80,000.00, that was almost a decade in coming.

Heading Home is a film made to exploit Babe Ruth's fame and if it weren't for him it would hardly merit any notice at all today.

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